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Books of Wonder

Flatiron District
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Address: 18 W 18th St, New York City, NY
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+1 212-989-3270
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00

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Best childrens book store in NYC

I remember coming here for the midnight release parties of the Harry Potter books... was my first exposure to this wonderful store and their friendly staff. I have been bad many... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeremy W
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember coming here for the midnight release parties of the Harry Potter books... was my first exposure to this wonderful store and their friendly staff. I have been bad many times since. A great selection, and easy to understand layout.

Thank Jeremy W
New York City, New York
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45 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Huge selection graded by age and type. Live readings for children. Roomy and well lit, helpful staff if you're buying gifts for little ones. Like so many small businesses, BoW is threatened by rising rents. Go now!

Thank mbrainerd277
Grand Rapids, MI
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

BOW is the perfect spot to bring your kids no matter how old! There are so many books to choose from, and obviously chosen carefully for their clientele. No "oldies" taking up space. Every section is well stocked and appealing to look at. Take a few and get comfy while perusing. You'll feel right at home! The staff is so... More 

Thank lauralewie
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This little gem might have been my favorite part of NYC. I could have spent all day looking at the old and rare books. My 13 year old requested a page turner and the staff were more than willing to accommodate. In fact, the young lady was so excited about the book recommendation that I am going to read it... More 

Thank kjones715
Columbiana, Ohio
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

I have been getting books from Books of Wonder for more than thirty years but never actually visited the store. Today, we took the train to NYC specifically to go to Books of Wonder. What a delightful store! We spent at least 2 hours in the store purchasing books for our 14 year old son and young grandchildren!

Thank Julie B
Greensboro, NC
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful selection of children and young adult books. Be sure to check out the back corner of the store that contains rare and older books, including first editions and signed copies! Helpful staff who seem to truly enjoy their job.

Thank sbprincess23
Albany, NY
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445 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

I must preface my review with the fact that I am a children's writer. However, I went into Books of Wonder last week without announcing myself, just to browse around. Within a minute of getting there, I was approached by an employee who asked if I needed any help. I declined and browsed around on my own. Several employees were... More 

Thank eluper
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

I worked in a bookstore for seven years so I can say without doubt that this is one of the best in the world. Yes, they only stock children's books but don't let that deter you. There's a wonderful selection all the way from babies board books to young adult titles. Loved the classic section. Madeline, hungry caterpillar, etc. The... More 

Thank Rcicala
Odenton, Maryland
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015

My friend and I thought we were just going to a general bookstore, but it turns out it's a children's bookstore. We wanted to check out any other bookstores in NYC to see how they cmpared to The Strand. We should've just stuck to The Strand. However, this does not mean this bookstore was bad, only limited.

Thank SSBurto
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2015

This is more than a book store to us, and the fact that it still exists is a wonder in itself. We started coming here when my daughter was five and the bookstore now a regular stop when ever we are in the neighborhood. If you have kids who love to read or you were ever a kid who loved... More 

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Offering many of city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets- much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighbourhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being the home of a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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