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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. 

John McIntyre opened the bookshop in 1992 with the help of his wife Ruth. It was his dream to have a shop that championed children's books and encouraged a love of reading in young people. He spent nearly 25 years growing The Children's Bookshop as an institution, along with Ruth who joined the business full time in 1999.

After a brave fight with chronic illness, John died on June 10th, 2017, just a couple of months before the shop's 25th anniversary. The Children's Bookshop is John's legacy, and Ruth is proud to continue in his memory.

The staff are passionate about reading and are always ready to share their knowledge with customers. We are experts at matching children with books, and get the greatest pleasure at finding reading material 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.

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm

Saturdays - 9am to 4pm

Sundays closed

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].



Our regular Storytime Sessions are held every Friday from 10.30am. Each week there is a lucky draw for one of the books read, plus discount vouchers for coffee or tea at Plaza Pizzeria opposite our store. The books read are available to buy that day with a 10% discount off the normal price. Pre-school children, with their caregivers, are welcome.


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


Special Orders

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. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone with your Visa or Mastercard details. The Account payment option is for schools 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.

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School Newsletters

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 25 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.