Put Down The Kindle And Pick Up A Book! Top Kids Bookstores In Kolkata
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Put Down The Kindle And Pick Up A Book! Top Kids Bookstores In Kolkata

Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and books form an integral part of this culture. Kolkatans have an old love affair with books and to ensure that this inheritance is carried forward to the next generation, we must introduce our children to books at an early age. Apart from Starmark and Crossword, some of the bookstores which caters widely to children’s books in Kolkata are:

Oxford Junior Bookstore

Location:  17 Park Street

This book store is one of the only ones dedicated to children. You can find all your children’s books whether in English or in other languages here! Spread over 2 floors, they have ample room for activities like storytelling and the arts & crafts workshops that they conduct. 

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College Street

This street is a must visit for any book lover. The entire street is dedicated to books and hence the name, “boipara”. People have been coming here to look for books way before the concept of a bookstore arrived in the city! Here you will find numerous bookstalls lined up on both the sides of the street. They have books in different languages, specifically English, Bengali and Hindi. 

Story

Locations: Elgin road, Sarat Bose Road; Avani Mall, Howrah; Diamond Plaza, Jessore Road

The Elgin road branch of Story is the largest. In this branch, a complete floor is dedicated to children with a variety of books and toys. The children’s section also contains a play area with blocks, slides and other indoor activities where smaller children can hop around. They also have a café in the corner for the parents. Each Sunday, they have storytelling sessions. 

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Free School Street

This street, located near New Market has a wide collection of children’s book stores in English and Bengali. It is one of the best places to get your hands on second hand books for kids. You may visit different stores like Bengali Book Store or Modern Book House or so many other stores lined up along the street to get different types of books. 

Family Book Shop

Location: 1 A Park Street

This shop, just at the beginning of the Park Street is small but has a good section of children’s books. 

Oxford Subscription Company – The Story Teller

Location: Picnic Garden, VIP Bazaar, EM Bypass

This is an independent outlet located on EM Bypass dedicated to children of all ages from Toddlers to Class 12 students. They hold book fairs in some of the premier schools of Kolkata. It is a spacious store where children and parents can sit and relax as they go through their wide range of books. They have mathematics and creative writing workshops in their store. 

Bookworm

Locations: 

Wood Street, Beside Lifeline Nursing Home

Little russel street, Near Middleton Chambers

Tollygunj Circular Road, New Alipur

Burdwan Arcade, Burdwan

This chain of bookstore has 4 outlets across Kolkata with brightly lit interiors. It has a section of its’ shop dedicated to children’s books and stationary. One of the medium sized stores, it serves a wide range of books for toddlers’ uptill novels. Some of its’ outlets have bookworm café too, where parents and children can grab something to munch as they browse through their books. 

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Khalsa Book House

Location: LalaLajpatRaiSarani, Near Jaggu Bazaar

This bookstore has a huge collection of books for children. It has a variety of books like storybooks, activity books, dictionaries and educational books. It caters widely to supplying educational books for children and if required, they will procure the desired book whenever required. 

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Venus Planet of Toys

Location: Roy Bahadur Road, Behala

Situated in Behala, it caters to all kinds of toys and books for children till the age of 7-8 years. An independent outlet, they have ample reading area for kids and mothers to sit and go through their collection of books and toys. 

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Have we missed any other good bookstore or a library in this list? Let us know at shimona.shahi@mycity4kids.com

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