5 North Shore bookstores to keep kids reading

Does anyone love the Mr. Men and Little Miss book series by Roger Hargreaves? (Yes: Read on and let’s geek out. No: Just read on. Then pick one up, and let’s geek out.)

Without a doubt, Mr. Men and Little Miss were my favorite books when I was a kid. The characters’ colorful shapes, the corny humor, the subtle moral lessons sprinkled in for good measure–each book became a precious item that earned a special place on my bookshelf. Every few weeks, my dad took me and my sister to our local bookstore for a new one. Being a kid is funny, isn’t it? Those childhood memories are some of the best I have.

My wise parents kept our Mr. Men and Little Miss books in pristine condition, and about a year ago, they gave the set as a gift for my 6-year-old son. He adores them. Every night before bed, he chooses two to read. (These days, my favorite part is the 1988 price sticker: $1.50 per book.) Every few weeks, I take him to our local bookstore for a new one, now written and illustrated by Hargreaves’ son Adam.

Bookstores are a wonderful way to keep the magic of reading alive in kids. Here are a few of my North Shore favorites, from independent neighborhood gems to discount books to classic comics.

Book Bin

1151 Church St., Northbrook


Why bookmark it: Personalized recommendations from the friendly book-loving staff, a cozy neighborhood vibe and storytime for little ones at 10:30 a.m. one Saturday each month.

Half Price Books

151 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park


Why bookmark it: A wide variety of very gently used and new books, CDs, LPs, magazines, nostalgia and more at deeply discounted prices.

The Book Market

Glen Town Center, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview


Why bookmark it: Special events including author appearances, open mic nights, book club meetings, art shows and storytime for little ones at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month.

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

811 Elm St., Winnetka


Why bookmark it: Regular appearances by best-selling authors, book clubs for both adults and kids and 2012 recipient of Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year.

North Shore Comics

3155 W. Dundee Road, Northbrook


Why bookmark it: Marvel, Zenescope, DC, Action Lab and many more classic favorites, plus graphic novels and board games.

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