Right in the heart of Boston you can find ample selections of kids’ books inside the large box bookstores. However, if you’re looking for something cozier and a bit more specialized, here are your best bets:

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Children’s Book Shop

Brookline Village

This is the area’s oldest independent children’s book store and stocks nearly 30,000 titles. From all of your own old favorites you’d like to share with your kids, to the new releases they’re asking for – if you can’t find it just ask a member of the Children’s Book Shop staff. This independent store carries prose for all ages through young adult and frequently hosts children’s authors.

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Curious George & Friends

Harvard Square, Cambridge

It’s obvious by the name that this store has everything Curious George, but they’re much more than that, too. Located across from Harvard Yard, this shop has a huge selection of children’s literature and is a virtual treasure trove of picture books. In addition to their new and classic kids’ books, they stock toys and have children’s author events and story time.

Brookline Booksmith

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Brookline Booksmith

Coolidge Corner, Brookline

This store isn’t exclusively for kids, which means Mom or Dad can shop too. Their children’s selection is plenty large to keep your little ones browsing within the cozy kids’ area. They might decide to pull up a seat on the floor next to a huge teddy bear to read their finds. Another bonus – the basement filled with gently used books for all ages.

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Coop For Kids

Harvard Square, Cambridge

Located inside of the prestigious Harvard Coop is an entire section devoted just to kids called, appropriately, the Coop for Kids. You’ll find books for all young ages with a nice selection of children’s reference books. There are two story times every week and a table stocked with paper and crayons.