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HOT: The Little Bookroom, Carlton North

In an era where bricks and mortar bookshops are doing it tough, we’re very fortunate in Melbourne to still have The Little Bookroom, the world’s oldest children’s bookshop (open since 1960).

the little bookroom

Old doesn’t mean musty and fusty – The Little Bookroom Carlton store is brightly lit and stocked high with shiny new books for babies to teenagers.

While the long narrow shopfront is genuinely a ‘little book room’ there have been efforts to keep the aisles wide enough for a single pram.

the little bookroom

There is a large reading nook at the back of the store with a train table, squishy bean bags and even a large teddy to cuddle.

the little bookroom

As well as selling books The Little Book room hold free storytime every Thursdays at 10:30pm for 2-5 year olds. Everyone sits on the floor and generally, three books of varying difficulties are read out loud.

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They also host a bookclub for primary school students and regular special events with children’s authors.

the little bookroom

The other advantage of the bookshop is that after your book-browsing and storytime session you can decamp to kid-friendly Park Street Dining or Carolina for lunch or coffee.


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If you aren’t able to visit The Little Bookroom Melbourne book shop you can:

  • purchase books via their online shop which is open 24/7;
  • place phone orders on 9387 9837;
  • pick-up pre-purchased books from the shop

The Little Bookroom offers Free Friday Delivery to neighboring suburbs (Carlton North, Fitzroy North, Princes Hill, Clifton Hill, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick (including East & West), Coburg, Preston, Reservoir, Fitzroy, Carlton, Parkville, Abbotsford, Pascoe Vale, Ascot Vale, Essendon, Moonee Ponds) , or Australia wide deliveries are free for orders over $60 or only $5 for smaller orders.


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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Good Afternoon,
    I am a mum from Bristol in the UK and I write social stories to help children cope and manage new experiences which are found in many families.
    There are 8 titles to date with “Suzie Goes to school” and ” Sammy Goes on an Aeroplane” being the newest to become available.
    I was wondering if you would be interested in stocking any of the titles in your stores as a way of helping other families.
    The books are colourful, simple and positive, with rhyming verses to help engage the child whilst reading it.
    I am trying to get into schools, Senco’s and Primary teachers, and let them choose as to weather they think they can use the Suziebokks series with
    their children.
    If you go to the website, you will see the available titles, along with, tatser pages, reviews and articles, it is also a great way
    to spread Autism awareness too.
    Please do take a look at my website, http://www.suziebooks.co.uk and have a good look around.
    If you would be interested in talking to me about the Suziebooks series, I would love to hear from you?
    With best wishes, Charlotte.

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