About Us

The Children’s Book Shop, Greater Boston’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, has been committed to providing our customers with the best in children’s literature since 1977. Our extensive stock (more than 28,000 titles) is carefully hand-selected and includes old favorites as well as the latest releases. We can special order books and have them in our store in usually a week. We also carry greeting cards, CDs, and various book-related plush figures. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff members are happy to assist you in finding the perfect books for the children in your life, from infants to teens.

Brookline TAB reader’s choice award for best children’s bookstore
Tab Reader’s Choice Award, Local Favorite
Boston Magazine Best of Boston Award, children’s bookstore
Lucile Micheels Pannell Award, Best children’s bookstore in the country


Reading in bedForty Years at the Forefront for the Children’s Book Shop
Publishers Weekly, December 2019
Librarian and writer Margaret H. Willison says of owner Terri Schmitz: “Her success stems from being “one of the least sentimental, most refined, and razor-sharp” readers she has ever known. It also comes from shrewd business decisions.” Read the article.

Happy 40th Birthday to the Children’s Book Shop!
Shelf Awareness, November 2017
The Children’s Book Shop remains true to its goal of providing the best books possible, bringing generations of young people, educators and adults who value books for the young the opportunity to choose good books. Read the article.

Trina Schart Hyman logoRowling, Poetry, and ’70s Kids: Commemorating 40 years of The Children’s Book Shop
Wicked Local, December 2017
In 1982, illustrator Trina Schart Hyman created the silhouette of children immersed in books, leaning against the sides of a tree trunk, with overreaching branches signifying the spot as a retreat. Some 35 years later, it remains the logo of The Children’s Book Shop, a notable destination in Brookline Village for children’s literature since opening in 1977. Read the article.

Around Town: The Oldest Independent Children’s Book Shop
Patch.com, June 2013
Schmitz said one of the greatest joys is watching her clientele grow up. “We tend to lose the kids once they reach high school…but the joy is watching them come, read and grow.” Read the article.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Children’s Book Shop!
Publishers Weekly Shelf Talker, March 2008
A wonderful virtual tour of the shop from bookseller friend Alison Morris, on the occasion of our 30th anniversary. Read the article.

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Like a Kid Running a Candy Store of Literature
The Boston Globe, August 2010
With an encyclopedic knowledge of children’s books and nearly equal acquaintance with Boston’s junior
literati, Schmitz is a warm, opinionated, and enthusiastic presence on the floor. She spoke to us about keeping
up with the burgeoning children’s book market, whether she reads books for adults, and her picks for fall. Read the article.