Best Children’s Bookstores In Pittsburgh

May 19, 2014 8:00 AM

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Children can enjoy curling up with a good book under a tree on a nice sunny day or getting cozy under the covers before bed or on a chilly night. Pittsburgh offers some activities throughout the city or surrounding areas to introduce or reintroduce children to this pastime. The experience of some local bookstores can assist in helping children be a part of choosing their favorite book and maintaining the learning and development of the reading experience. In this technology-driven age, it is easy to overlook the simple pleasure of the experience of selecting your own book in a social environment. Here are some bookstores that give children an opportunity to get lost in the experience and choose their own book.

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Beyond Bedtime Books
1453 Potomac Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-3838

Nestled in the back of Beyond Bedtime Books is a room dedicated to children’s books. The shop owner is a woman dedicated to her customers and is readily available to assist with a customer’s needs. The shop specializes in used books, but carries a selection of new books. The newly reopened and remodeled store has been serving the Dormont community for over 20 years in the business district with the bus and T located a block away. The store is open seven days a week.

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Caliban Book Shop
410 S. Craig St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-9111

Caliban Book Shop is located in Oakland and has an aisle with four to five shelves dedicated to children’s books. If you can’t find your book on the shelf, it also owns a warehouse that carries additional books that may not be on the shelves. The shop has used and rare books and offers appraisals. Caliban can help you track down an antique or vintage book. Be sure to schedule an appointment for any appraisals as only the shop owner can perform this service.

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East End Book Exchange
4754 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 224-2847

The East End Book exchange is a small business located on the east side of Pittsburgh that has a wide selection for children. It specializes in classics with books in great conditions. East End buys books from customers in exchange for store credit. The store is open Tuesday through Sunday, and the friendly staff has a passion for books and Pittsburgh.

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Eide’s Entertainment
1121 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-0900

Comic books are great children’s books as they allow for the escape to the far-off places in superhero land. Eide’s Entertainment has a massive collection of comic books. The staff can help assist in finding books that compete any superhero series. The shop is located downtown and open seven days a week.

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Mystery Lovers Bookshop
514 Allegheny River Blvd.
Oakmont, PA 15139
(412) 828-4877

In the surrounding area of Pittsburgh, Mystery Lovers Bookshop is dedicated to mystery books and located in Oakmont, about 10 miles north of the city. The children’s book selection is located on the right wall upon walking in. This shop has been in business since 1990 and is open seven days a week. In 2010, it received a Raven Award for its contribution to mystery writing.

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