Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update from all of us at The Children's Bookshop
Tēnā koutou katoa,
We are delighted to announce that we are OPEN again for customers to visit in-store. Of course there are some guidelines to follow in keeping with the Government's Covid-19 Level 2 rules and here they are:
* Maximum of 5 customers in-store at one time (exactly what constitutes a "customer" will be determined at the door)
* Children must be kept under adult supervision
* We will have hand sanitizer for you to use at entry and when you leave (and at any time during your visit)
* Please maintain physical distancing from other customers and staff
* Please limit handling of items in the shop to a minimum
* Your name and phone number will be required for contact tracing (and not for any other use)
* Eftpos payments only (we have paywave). No cash for now please (or else we will have to launder it!)
We have rearranged areas of the shop so that as many books as possible are faced out on the shelves and goods have been taken off moveable shelving. This has not been difficult because we are still waiting for an enormous number of books to arrive from publishers' Australian distribution centres. Be prepared for the fact that we may not have the book you want, but we are always happy to suggest alternative titles and/or take orders. However, there will be delays of at least four weeks for many titles to arrive because those publishers are now having to freight by ship instead of air.
If you prefer not to visit in person, we are still open for contactless online, email and telephone orders. We are perfectly set up for pick-ups, with easy drive-in access to the plaza (Google 10 Rongotai Rd) and plenty of carparks outside the shop. Just order online or by phone, pay and we will have your parcel by the door ready for you to collect.
If you wish to have your parcel despatched by courier, be aware that the courier companies are stretched to accommodate all the extra deliveries nationwide that came with the move to Level 3 and now Level 2. Allow time from despatch (we will provide a tracking number) until you receive your purchase.
We will be taking every precaution to stay safe. This means washing our hands with soap regularly, using hand sanitizer and working at separate work stations within the bookshop, keeping two metres apart at all times.
For everyone who is waiting for David Walliams’ hilarious new novel Slime, it will not be released in New Zealand until TUESDAY, JUNE 16TH. We have lots of copies coming but you can certainly reserve your copy by placing an order now.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has placed orders with us during the lockdown period. We are so grateful for your wonderful support and patience during this surreal time. We are looking forward to seeing you in the store again.
Continue to be safe out there, stay healthy, be good to each other and look after those more vulnerable in your community.
All the best,
Ruth, Lucy Bailey, Sasha, Jem, Lucy Black, Kieran, Bella and Isla
Dear customers: please note the number of items we have on the website when placing your orders. If the number is 0, we do not currently have that item in stock, but you are welcome to still place an order. If the item proves to no longer be available, or will take a significant amount of time to arrive, we will contact you.
Visit us at our Kilbirnie shop or place your order on-line using the search function above.
The Children's Bookshop is a privately owned independent specialist bookstore dedicated to providing the widest range of children's and young adult literature from New Zealand and around the world. Established in 1992 by John and Ruth McIntyre, we have celebrated 27 years in business.
The staff are passionate about reading and are always willing to share their knowledge with their customers.
We are experts at matching children with books, and get the greatest pleasure at finding reading for children who aren't traditionally readers.
In 2013 The Children's Bookshop won the North Island Regional Bookshop of the Year award. In 2003 we were named New Zealand's Independent Bookshop of the year, the first time it had been awarded to a specialist bookstore, and were runner-up to Unity Books of Wellington for the same award in 2008.
In 2011, John and Ruth were presented with the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature. The award was established in 1990 to commemorate the work of author Betty Gilderdale and to honour distinguished service to the development of children's literature and literacy. It is administered by the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust.
Sadly, John died on June 10, 2017 after a brave fight with chonic illness. He was at work most days right up until the end and has left us a wonderful legacy which we are carrying on in his memory.
In 2017, John (posthumously) and Ruth were presented with the New Zealand Book Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Keep up with all our exciting news and events by following us on Facebook!
We will be OPEN for customer visits in-store from Thursday, May 14th and our on-line shop is open 24/7.
Our hours during level 2 are
Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm
Saturdays 9am to 4pm
We are closed on Public Holidays (January 1 and 2; Wellington Anniversary Day; Waitangi Day [Feb 6]; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Anzac Day; Queen's Birthday; Labour Day; Christmas Day [December 25] and Boxing Day [December 26].
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be holding our regular Storytime on Friday mornings until further notice. But you can watch our storyteller Helen reading a variety of books on our Facebook page.
Try Our Gift Selection Services!
For those with out-of-town or international friends and family (or live just around the corner), try our gift selection services for that upcoming special occasion.
Choose from one of two options:
1. Talk to one of our friendly, experienced staff members about our selection of books that would suit that special someone. We can give your gift a dash of colour with some complimentary gift wrapping and, if it is to be posted, we can offer the most economic postal quote.
2. Purchase a Children's Bookshop gift voucher for our store in Kilbirnie or a national Booksellers token (redeemable at more than 350 bookstores round the country). For those who have so many books it's hard to keep track, include a card for the occasion and it can be sorted as easily as dialing our contact number.
Enter a message for the recipient for that extra personal touch. We will then courier or post your parcel to the required address.
"Thanks for the super FAST service" - Daniela, Queenstown
"It’s such a pleasure dealing with everyone in your bookshop. It reminds of past times..." - Voula, Wellington
"Just want to say how impressed I am at the online service you guys provide. Outstanding!" - Gina, Paraparaumu
"Wonderful service, beautiful book and the packaging was excellent." - Jane, Gisborne
As well as carrying a huge range of contemporary literature we also stock childhood favourites from the past, and excel at sourcing hard-to-find books from around the world. Even if you have been told a title is out of print, please let us try to find it for you.
Please Note: Books found on our website do not necessarily reflect our current stock in the store. However, we are happy to order any book for you as long as it is in print.
When ordering through our website, we have the PayPal option or you can do a direct deposit into our bank account. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone with your Visa or Mastercard details. The Account payment option is only for schools and businesses that have set up an invoicing account.
Every effort is made to ensure the price is correct on out-of-stock items, but we reserve the right to make alterations in the event of publishers' price fluctuations.
We started a new e-newsletter in February 2017 to keep you up to date with news of book events and reviews of the latest titles available. This replaced the print newsletter that we had been producing for more than 20 years. If you would like to receive our e-newsletter by email please fill in your details in the boxes below and send them to us.
We have a considerable number of schools and public libraries who are regular customers, for whom we produce a collection of newsletters once a term. In them we review new books that we believe are must-haves - fiction and non-fiction - and we are happy to add you to our mailing list.
The Children's Bookshop Addicts' Club
Join our Addicts' Club - our special way of saying thank you to all our customer "addicts" who have been wonderfully loyal in the 24 years since we started the store.
Spend a minimum $600 (that's a rough average of about 30 books!) on any non-sale or non-discounted items - books and toys (except Booksellers' New Zealand book tokens) - in the store between mid-November and mid-November the next year and we will then send you a voucher worth 10% of your total purchases to spend at any time.
We will also invite you to an Addicts' Club pre-Christmas shopping night where you may spend your voucher, enjoy the Christmas spirit with a drink and nibbles, listen to a guest speaker and be in the draw to win parcels of superb books.
Ask to join next time you visit.