Books of Wonder

Bookstore and Used Bookstore · Union Square
18 W 18th St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY 10011, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 3:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • Noon–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–8:00 PM
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Books of wonder is New York City’s oldest and largest independent children’s bookstore, as well as the city’s leading specialist in children’s literature both new and old.


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    Jacob V.
    "Check out the rare books collection in the back."(4 Tips)
    Courtney B.
    "A wonderful rare book collection!!"(2 Tips)
    Caitlin C.
    "Amazing selection of kids and YA books!"(2 Tips)
    Brendan O.
    "Best Children's book store in NYC."(2 Tips)
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  • Sarah T.

    Amazing selection and makes me feel so good to shop local. Friendly employees who will help you find anything!

    Sarah Tierney · June 9
  • Allison L.

    Kids books💙💙💙

    Allison Loftus · May 19
  • Racked

    Lots of the books available here, which include old and rare titles among them, are suitable for both the young and the young at heart.

    Racked · May 5
  • Sam C.

    One of my favorite bookstores, period. A New York institution. Lovely collection of harder-to-find children's books, original illustrations displayed, and friendly staff will always be happy to help!

    Sam C. · January 18
  • Lori L.

    Cute bookstore specializing in children's books. Come for a trip down memory lane.

    Lori Luo · October 17, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    Heavily into children's books

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · September 20, 2014
  • Kimberly M.

    Love this place. Lots of signed books too which is always fun!

    Kimberly M. · May 28, 2014
  • elaine k.

    Fabulous book store

    elaine keating-brown · April 8, 2014
  • Gene

    Great selection

    Gene · March 8, 2014
  • Stina P.

    rare books section is...rare. and isn't it the nicest sometimes to escape the city, read a book full of pictures from childhood, and simply enter another world?

    Stina P. · February 17, 2014
  • sid

    Check out the Rare books section in the back. Be transported to happier times.

    sid · February 16, 2014
  • Nicole S.

    Great store!

    Nicole Sajecki · November 30, 2013
  • Catherine C.

    What a treasure in the neighborhood! Great spot to bring your kids and share the joy reading! You'll find your favorite childhood books!

    Catherine C. · September 29, 2013
  • Jessica C.

    Beautiful book store and the staff is amazing. Love it.

    Jessica Carrillo · July 26, 2013
  • david l.

    Great story time for the little ones :)

    david levy · July 21, 2013
  • R

    Place is a total gem.

    R · July 5, 2013
  • Patricia D.

    This place makes me want to have kids (more kids)

    Patricia Diaz Swedin · June 19, 2013
  • Laura C.

    Icons tour

    Laura Cristiano · May 20, 2013
  • Zoey C.

    Best selection of kids and teen!

    Zoey Córdova · March 24, 2013
  • Sean-Patrick H.

    Run from this overpriced hell. The owner is crazy and the staff are rude.

    Sean-Patrick Hillman · March 23, 2013
  • Valentina M.

    Truly Wonderful. Originally on 7th, I lived here as a child. I'm convinced Kathleen Kelly's "The Shop Around the Corner" was based on this place.

    Valentina Monte · February 26, 2013
  • Shana C.

    Great stock of children's books, including rare ones for children at heart.

    Shana Carp · February 23, 2013
  • Caitlin C.

    Apparently the inspiration for the shop in "You've Got Mail." Amazing selection of kids and YA books!

    Caitlin Clements · February 10, 2013
  • ellyn CHAN r.

    Ain't what it use to be....

    ellyn CHAN roberson · August 29, 2012
  • Hongchang W.

    Try the Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bacon Cookie

    Hongchang Wu · July 1, 2012
  • Jacob V.

    Check out the rare books collection in the back. Totally worth the time.

    Jacob Van De Weert · June 23, 2012
  • Thomas G.

    Wondrous, especially for kids!

    Thomas Ghazarian · February 1, 2012
  • Liz L.

    Alice's Tea Cup has taken over their cafe, yum!

    Liz Lesnick · January 24, 2012
  • Kari G.

    Check out the website for amazing weekly events

    Kari G · December 11, 2011
  • Mama411

    Great weekly story times and special events for kids of all ages!

    Mama411 · December 10, 2011
  • Courtney B.

    A wonderful rare book collection!!

    Courtney Beth · November 2, 2011
  • Public Art Fund

    #StaffPick - great book store right near The Andy Monument.

    Public Art Fund · November 2, 2011
  • Shopikon

    A 3000 sq. ft. children's bookstore with an adjacent "Cupcake Cafe." Instant happiness guaranteed.

    Shopikon · October 10, 2011
  • Mary K.

    The cutest store in NYC. Whether you're 6 or 60, you'll love it either way.

    Mary K · July 23, 2011
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    Amy Eiferman · August 23, 2010
  • Dora

    The owner of BOW – Peter Glassman – is a kid lit author himself (read My Working Mom or The Wizard Next Door before you visit)! Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 28, 2010
  • Brendan O.

    Best Children's book store in NYC. Check the website for the frequent "meet the author events". Read more

    Brendan O'Connell · February 25, 2010
  • Alicia K.

    You know how sometimes you flip your sh*t over the harsh realities of life and the only fix is to manically read children's books while sitting on a creaky floor and eating cupcakes? No? Oh.

    Alicia Kachmar · January 14, 2010
  • Sebastian B.

    Buenísima y tienen muchos libros firmados por los autores.

    Sebastian Barrientos · April 9, 2014
  • Danny U.

    Muy Bueno para los pequeños

    Danny Urriola · August 7, 2011

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