Saturday 12 August is Love Your Bookshop Day!

Bookshops all across Australia will be throwing a party for themselves, their customers, and their staff.  Think balloons, cupcakes, literary scavenger hunts….

Love Your Bookshop Day Ambassadors, including Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Stephanie Alexander, Robert Hoge, Geraldine Brooks, Graeme Simsion, Alice Pung, Danielle Binks, Jeff Sparrow and Peggy Frew, will be out talking about bookshops and why we love them.

You can join in by sharing what makes your favourite bookshop great using the hash tag #whyIlovemybookshop.

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Here’s what happening in some of Melbourne’s bookshops:

Aesop’s Attic Bookshop 70 High St Kyneton

  • children’s craft activities, discounts on new and used books.

Avenue Bookshop 127 Dundas Place, Albert Park, 91 Swan St, Richmond, 434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

  • Double points for Frequent Buyer Members, raffle, promotions.

Benn’s Books 437 Centre Road, Bentleigh

  • Double points for Regular Readers Loyalty Program members, 91 Storey Treehouse colouring competition, Book character dress up competition. Share the Love Instagram comp.

Books Illustrated 74 Mills St, Albert Park

  • Australian picture books & limited edition prints

Brunswick Bound, 361 Sydney Road, Brunswick

  • giving away a selection of our favourite reads from the last 10 years.

China Books, 2nd floor, 234 Swanston St, Melbourne

  • From Aug 3rd until #loveyourbookshopday, every purchase made in store goes into the draw to win a $100 China Books gift voucher.

Collins Booksellers Moonee Ponds, 76 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds

  • Free face painting, Gift bags, Raffle, Prizes!

Eltham Bookshop, 970 Main Rd Eltham

  • every 20th customer receives a special gift, Local authors signing books, Cakes and ale from 4-5pm.

Fairfield Books 117A Station St Fairfield

Farrells Bookshop 143 Main St Mornington

  • Author and ABC sports guru Paul Kennedy signing books from 1-2pm, Face painting for kids from 10.30am – 12.30pm, Decorate our graffiti wall – write your fav book titles, draw a book character or tell us why you love Farrell’s! DOUBLE points for members of Friends of Farrell’s Loyalty Program, 10% of all sales going to the Indigenous Literacy Foudation, Launch of two 40th Birthday celebration competitions – Favourite Farrells and Design a Bookmark. 

Mary Martin Bookshop, Shop G17, 3 Southgate Ave Southbank

  • Blind Date With a Book, Rainbow cupcakes, Book-Matching service

McLeod’s Books, 10 Station St, Nunawading

  • All floor stock will be marked half price, Free bookmarks.

New Leaves Bookstore, 81 High St, Woodend

  • Help write the ‘Never-ending Story of New Leaves’, ‘Where’s The Green Sheep?’ competition, New Leaves Lolly Jar Guessing Game, Colour your own New Leaves Bookmark.

Pickwick & Sprout Children’s Bookseller, 4/850 Heidelberg-Kinglake Road Hurstbridge

  • Win a $50 Pickwick & Sprout voucher for your tiny reader.
  • Tenderfoot Scrawl writing competition ‘My Bookshop is Moving’ – prizes are vouchers to new shop! Special #loveyourbookshopday selfie station.

Readings Hawthorn 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

  • Meet the Super Moopers. The Super Moopers is a brand-new series of books created by Fiona Harris and Scott Edgar. Discover titles like Nervous Nellie and Dramatic Don that highlight our differences and show us that we’re all capable of being superheroes.

Readings Kids 315 Lygon St, Carlton

  • Story time featuring Readings favourite, Sally Rippin.

Readings St Kilda 112 Acland St, St Kilda

  • enjoy an intimate performance by local singer-songwriter Joyce Prescher.

Squishy Minnie Bookstore, 80 Mollison St Kyneton

  • Colouring in competition

Sun Bookshop 10 Ballarat Street Yarraville

  • Story time, Card making, Dress ups, Lucky Dip books, Celebrity booksellers.

The Leaf Bookshop, 3/283 High St Ashburton

  • Live Music, Cupcakes, Competitions

The Little Bookroom, 759 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

  • continuous storytime. Bring your favourite read-aloud picture book & take a turn in the story time chair or soak up stories on the story time rug, giveaways, Helium balloons!

Tim’s Bookshop 129 High St Kew and 143 Maling Road Canterbury

  • both our stores are being transformed into wizarding wonderlands! Draw an Owl competition, fairyfloss & activity sheets at both stores, Face painting at Canterbury store, Lucky dips at Kew store.

Ulysses Bookstore 33 Melrose Street Sandringham

  • Enter our Treehouse colouring competition to win prizes. Bring your treehouse fans in on Love Your Bookshop Day from 2pm  to enjoy some Treehouse Trivia.


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Click here for the best children’s bookshops in Melbourne. 

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