Bookstores are becoming few and far between, but there are some that are still standing, including children’s bookstores. Children’s books foster their imagination, show them it’s okay to be different and much more. Show your kid the wonders of a magical fairy tale, the mysteries of science and more by taking them to one of these children’s bookstores in Washington.

Hooray For Books
1555 King St.
Arlington, VA 22314
(703) 548-4092 

Supporting local independent business is always a good thing. But it is even better when that independent business offers great products and has excellent customer services, especially when the products are children themed. Hooray For Books is proud of the work it does and how knowledgeable it is about children’s books. You can be assured that its recommendations are spot on, whether it’s for your kid or for your classroom. Pick up a special book, attend one of the events and enjoy the welcoming environment.

Books For America
1417 22nd St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 835-2665

It is never too early to teach your kids the importance of community involvement. Books For America is an organization that donates books and materials to shelters, organizations and schools all over the country. Your donations help children develop a love for reading and learning and help with the fight against literacy. The organization opened a bookstore in Dupont Circle to help fund its initiatives and offer affordable books for everyone. Getting your children’s books from this bookstore is more than just a purchase, it is a good way to help your community.

Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books And Other Treasures
2499 N Harrison St.
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 241-8281

Story time is still a fond memory for many adults. At Aladdin’s Lamp Children’s Books and Other Treasures, a staff member or special guest leads story hour so your kid will fall in love with books and storytelling. And it has one of the best selections of children’s books, for children of varying ages. Pick out a gift for a kid in your life or take your kids to the shop for a good story.

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Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 364-1919

Politics & Prose is one of the best and most well-known bookstores in Washington DC, and highly recognized in the country. Many politicians and authors hold book signings and events in this DC institution. While the bookstore and cafe are loved by adults, it is also a great place for children’s books. And since DC is a melting pot of many different cultures, the shop even has children’s books in various languages. Your children can also attend some of the children and teen events, including a teen book club. Politics & Prose continues to be a haven for book lovers of all ages.

The Children’s Playseum
545 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 999-0510

The idea of dozens of kids playing in a store might seem like chaos to many, but The Children’s Playseum found a way to make it fun and organized. Parents and children can have fun and learn together at this wonderful store that combines activities, education, fun and philanthropy. As your children read and play in specially themed rooms, the money you spend helps support children in need in India. Purchase the new and used books in the bookstore and know that a child far away is benefiting from your child reading.

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