toddler in a bookstore - kids bookstores in KS and MO

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Browsing the shelves of a bookstore is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, don’t you think? Whether your kids are avid readers, new readers, or reluctant readers, this list of eight bookstores in Kansas and Missouri will help them find something they’ll love.

The Blue Baboon, Wichita KS

Wichita’s little shop of stories is everything a kids bookstore should be. The Blue Baboon has a ton of events on their calendar, including storytime several times a week. You can even host a birthday party here. This bookstore will not disappoint!

The Learning Tree, Leawood KS

The Learning Tree has been family owned and operated for more than 21 years. They have a massive selection of children’s books as well as toys and games for all ages. The Learning Tree has 2 locations in Leawood; Their main store in Corinth Square and a second location at Park Place.

Rainy Day Books, Fairway KS

This cozy little bookstore has an outstanding selection of children’s titles. They offer a free loyalty program that saves you 10% on most in-stock books. Rainy Day Books is an Independent Bookseller that hosts more than 300 author events each year. It’s the perfect rainy day getaway!

The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence KS

The Raven Bookstore has a wide variety of children’s titles to choose from. The charming old building adds to the warm ambiance of the store. Dashiell, one of the bookstores feline sales associate, recommends grabbing a great book and curling up in a comfy armchair to read to your little one.

The Book House, Maplewood MO

With thousands of children’s titles to choose from, The Book House is guaranteed to please even the most finicky of young readers. The comfortable atmosphere invites you to take a seat and dig in to a great book.

Main Street Bookstore, St. Charles MO

Main Street is an enchanting independent bookstore that boasts excellent reviews. Their website offers suggestions for readers age 4-18. This is a bookstore you definitely don’t want to miss the next time you’re in St. Charles!

KD’s Books, Lees Summit MO

KD’s is the go to book stop for Lees Summit families. Their children’s collection offers some great new titles as well as some of your favorites. The entire store is geared toward readers 12 and younger. This is a fun little bookstore you’re sure to love.

BookMarx, Springfield MO

This modern downtown bookstore has the perfect feel. They have an impressive children’s section that has both new and used books available. If you’re having trouble choosing, Squash will be happy to offer his must read selections!