Rookie Moms Challenge #32: Find bookstore events for babies

Celebrate your local, independent bookstores by discovering a new one, visiting with your well-behaved children and buying a terrific book. Better yet, find out which ones have children’s events and enjoy one of those.

We compiled this list of noteworth local bookstores for storytime and literary events for kids. Please share your favorites too!

Cara recommends Books, Inc. on 4th Street in Berkeley for their Teatime for tots, currently Thursdays at 4pm for ages 3 to 7.

Chris says that Books, Inc in Alameda has story time every Saturday at 11.

Lisa tells us that A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair village host author events and have a cozy reading area in the back (reader, Nancy, tells us they even have cookies!)

Mrs Dalloway’s in the Elmwood/Claremont hosts periodic children’s events, especially featuring local authors. There is a lovely children’s area with helpful staff.

Diesel Bookstore in Rockridge, near Bittersweet Cafe (worth the trip!) – hosts book launch parties for local children’s authors.

The Storyteller in Lafayette does many things right, but have a website with current information is not one of them. Get lost in this entirely-youth-focused bookstore or work with a bookseller to find the perfect children’s title. There are reportedly puppet shows on Friday mornings but no published schedule.

Barnes + Noble in Bay Street, El Cerrito Plaza, and Walnut Creek have regular storytimes for various age groups. For better or worse, you will also find a fully-stocked toy store at these locations.

Okay now, we shared ours, will you share yours?

This post is part of a series of Rookie Moms challenges written by us for you to help you get out of the house with your new baby. If your baby is too young for bookstore events, choose another challenge!
[Photo of Storyteller by Heather Flett]