Paris: 6 of the best bookshops for the kids

Because bookshops are very special places, where the both imagination and advices can run free, Little Goguette would like to introduce you to six of the best bookshops for the kids and teens in Paris.


Chantelivre (‘sing, book’!) is one of Paris’ parents institution, « the » big bookshop for the kids and teens since 1974.

At that time, the concept was new: dedicating a store only to children’s books, that weren’t merely educational, was a bit of a gamble. Quite a successful one, as this vast bookshop has been flourishing ever since.

The team is welcoming and is super at ease to advise you in choosing among a very complete selection, for all ages, from the bath plastic book, to the teens book, up to the adults, who also have vast shelves of excellent authors waiting for them (and not only on parenting, hopefully!) – no jealous !

Chantelivre, 13 rue de Sèvres, Paris 6ème – (Sèvres-Babylone)


2. W.H.Smith

Do we need to introduce W.H.Smith ?! Well, this Parisian branch of the well-known British bookstore has a vast array of books (and DVDs) for the kids of all age, on the first floor of this consequent bookstore located at the heart of Paris, near the Louvre, which also has one of the city’s largest selections of international newspapers and magazines.

WHSmith allows kids to dive into an all-Anglo-american atmosphere, with emblematic cookies and sweets, but most of all by celebrating such events as Thanksgiving and Hallowen with all the splendor and pomp required!

Last but not least, WH Smith is open every day, from 10 am until 8 pm.

W.H.Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er (Concorde, Tuileries)


3. I love my blender

A funny name for a funny tiny, bilingual bookshop located in the Marais. The owner, who likes to “mix”, hence the “blender”, has created a personal, creative universe where you will discover authors and publishers that are not usually to be seen in French bookstores.

The children’s corner is bilingual; French and English books are displayed alike, and the shelves are full of funny and colorful objects which makes the ride very enjoyable.

I love my blender, 36 rue du Temple, Paris 4ème (Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau)


4. L’Emile

Another small, new and bilingual bookshop! Named “Emile” in reference to Zola’s first name, as well as to Rousseau’s manual on education, this bookshop is close to the international school Ecole Active Bilingue J.M. and has a selection much oriented towards its students.

You will find here a first-class selection of classical literature for children, as well as some school books, and bedtime stories too. A tiny red room at the rear end is dedicated to English books and learning methods.

And, quite useful, Emile also has a tiny stationery corner.

L’Emile, 136 avenue Emile Zola, Paris 15ème (Emile Zola)


5. Lamartine

This well established and huge bookstore, which has supplied generations of pupils with all sorts of text books, dictionaries and study guides, knows its business pretty well. The children and teens section has everything it needs to capture the latest trends, and the crew, very dynamic, will help you in the most efficient manner.

Lamartine, 118 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris (Rue de la Pompe)


6. Palais de la Découverte museum store

Not only a bookstore per se, as you need to have a museum ticket to get in it, however it is really woth seeing it (as every corner of the Palais de la Découverte, in fact !).

This shop has a very unique selection of science books, on most aspects of the matter: biology, the universe, and maths/ logic games (yes !). Furthermore, the books are kept company by all sorts of funny, usually educational, toys, so our advice is: don’t hesitate to get acquainted with it.

Palais de la Découverte, 21 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris 8ème – ouvert du mardi au samedi, de 9h30 à 17h30




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