Looking for gifts you can feel good about? Going to an local, independent bookstore (or ordering from them online) is a one-two punch. You get to support a local business and pick up a brain-expanding gift.
A local fave, Kidsbooks is known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff who are ready to help make any recommendation you may need. From board books, to pop ups, and sound books that will have all the farm animals come alive in your home, you’re sure to find a new favourite here. Beware of the great toys and softest ever stuffies that can be found throughout the premise – you may walk out with more than just books! ~ Renee Janzen
2557 W Broadway, Vancouver, 604.738.5335
3040 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Humpty Dumpty Music and Books
Tis charming book store offers lovingly selected items to delight and enrich minds at any age. Staff are here to help you along your book journey by carefully listening to your needs and serving you with thoughtfulness, courtesy, and respect. Order online or visit their story inside the Granville Island Kids Market
Wendels Bookstore & Cafe
You can now order online from Fort Langley’s legendary Bookstore and Cafe but it’s so much nicer to visit in person. This booklover’s gem is a one-stop shop. Not only can you find the popular fiction novels and kids books, you can also buy books from local authors. There is a large selection of journals, cards and gifts to check out also. You can park your stroller by the magazine rack, if you have one, right in front by the cashier.
The Vancouver go-to for mental health and wellness, communication and self-care resources, Odin is a local mainstay with a devoted following. They’ve got books for little kids, teens and adults centred on adoption, trauma, autism, anxiety, back to school and more. They also carry a wealth of resources from Indigenous writers and artists.
108 East Broadway in Vancouver
Iron Dog Books
Indigenous owned, this East Van indie bookstore is a great place to find anti-racism resources as well as books for all ages. Iron Dog Books sells new, used and remaindered books in Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Musqueam territories (metro Vancouver). PS: They have a book truck too!
2671 East Hastings
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).