A Note About Website Availability

Titles listed on our website are not necessarily in stock at our physical storefront. If a book says "usually ships in 1-5 days," that means it should be available at our distributor's warehouses, but it does not indicate whether we have the book in stock at the shop. We have some lists on our home page of books that are usually on the shelves, but those are manually updated by us. It is not currently possible for us to manually update every title on the site with its in-store availability. The fastest way to check on a title or two is to give us a call at 617-734-7323. If you have a longer list, or if you have a little more time to wait for a response, send us an email or place an online order. Thank you for understanding! 



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Welcome to The Children's Book Shop!

The Children’s Book Shop, Greater Boston’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, has been committed to providing our customers with the best in children’s literature since 1977 from our location in the heart of Brookline Village, MA. Our stock is hand-selected and carefully curated to include classics and backlist favorites as well as the latest releases. We carry a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for ages newborn to teen and everyone in between. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff members are happy to assist you in finding the perfect books for the children in your life!

Brookline TAB reader’s choice award for best children’s bookstore
Tab Reader’s Choice Award, Local Favorite
Boston magazine’s Best of Boston® 2020 – Best Children's Bookstore
Lucile Micheels Pannell Award, Best children’s bookstore in the country

Forty Years at the Forefront for the Children’s Book Shop
Publishers Weekly, December 2017
Librarian and writer Margaret H. Willison says of owner Terri Schmitz: “Her success stems from being “one of the least sentimental, most refined, and razor-sharp” readers she has ever known. It also comes from shrewd business decisions.”

Happy 40th Birthday to the Children’s Book Shop!
Shelf Awareness, November 2017
The Children’s Book Shop remains true to its goal of providing the best books possible, bringing generations of young people, educators and adults who value books for the young the opportunity to choose good books.

Rowling, Poetry, and ’70s Kids: Commemorating 40 years of The Children’s Book Shop
Wicked Local Brookline, December 2017
In 1982, illustrator Trina Schart Hyman created the silhouette of children immersed in books, leaning against the sides of a tree trunk, with overreaching branches signifying the spot as a retreat. Some 35 years later, it remains the logo of The Children’s Book Shop, a notable destination in Brookline Village for children’s literature since opening in 1977.

Around Town: The Oldest Independent Children’s Book Shop
Patch.com, June 2013
Schmitz said one of the greatest joys is watching her clientele grow up. “We tend to lose the kids once they reach high school…but the joy is watching them come, read and grow.”

Happy 30th Anniversary, Children’s Book Shop!
Publishers Weekly Shelf Talker, March 2008
A wonderful virtual tour of the shop from bookseller friend Alison Morris, on the occasion of our 30th anniversary.

Like a Kid Running a Candy Store of Literature
The Boston Globe, August 2010
With an encyclopedic knowledge of children’s books and nearly equal acquaintance with Boston’s junior literati, Schmitz is a warm, opinionated, and enthusiastic presence on the floor. She spoke to us about keeping up with the burgeoning children’s book market, whether she reads books for adults, and her picks for fall.