A recent reno of one of the oldest independent bookstores in the Maritimes brings a refreshing change for customers — bright colours, warm lighting, lots of floor space for kids to stretch out, and ample room for parents to manoeuvre strollers. Summer months feature a storytime series and a host of author visits. Besides a wealth of children’s and youth titles to choose from, stop in for dazzling art supplies, games, kites and unique stationery.
172 Queen St., Charlottetown
5686 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax
This store’s main objective is to provide toys, games and books for curious minds — and it definitely succeeds. Their children’s book section features categories such as places and people, baby books, cookbooks, plays, graphic novels, and activity books like Mad Libs and Where’s Waldo. To make the shopping experience even more inspiring, they host in-store events that have included kite making, clay work and face painting.
95 Capital Dr., Charlottetown
902-894-8800; 866-975-TOYS (8697)