Books serve as windows to the world, helping young ones to develop lifelong skills, grow their imagination, and connect with those around them.
Well, take a backseat, Kindle kids! Bring your little ones on a fun-filled excursion to these bookstores, as you pick out some great reads together, and kickstart a lifelong love affair with reading.
Check out this list of favourite Klang Valley bookstores that offer some of the best picks in children’s literature, and make sure to check back in tomorrow for part two of this article!
1. The Museum of Picture Book Art
This beautiful bookstore in downtown Kuala Lumpur collects, curates and sells picture books and art from all over Malaysia. There are various products by local publisher Oyez!Books that showcase literature centred on Asian heritage and values.
Parents will be itching to get their hands on these well-written stories, with quirky titles such as “Atuk’s Amazing Sarong”, “The Secret Mission of the Malaysian Squirrel”, and “A Hen-Made Tale”. Do keep a look out for events frequently held here, too!
Museum of Picture Book Art
GMBB, 2 Jalan Robertson,
2. BookXcess, Tropicana Gardens Mall
Famed for its beautiful aesthetics, this branch in Petaling Jaya comes with an infinity-loop bookshelf that provides a unique browsing experience for literature lovers of all ages. The dome-like children’s browsing area houses kid-size tables and chairs that cater to the comfort of little readers.
There’s a café serving up hot coffee inside the store, too – so grab a cuppa and get ready to camp out with the family for a whole day of browsing!
BookXcess @ Tropicana Gardens Mall
Lot 1F, 26 & 26A, First Floor,
2A, Persiaran Surian, Tropicana Indah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
This three-level bookstore in Bukit Jalil is an aesthetic dream, combining elements of the east and west through its warm textures and reflective surfaces.
The children’s section on the top floor houses the store’s Tree of Life – a book-lined tower for little ones to sit around and browse through selected titles.
With chic themed cafés located on each floor and award-winning, feng shui-inspired interior design, this inviting space will keep the whole family busy. Plus, parent-child picture book-sharing sessions are held every month!
F-8-1 Pusat Perdagangan
Jalan Persiaran Jalil,
Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
4. BUKU by PJ Preloved House
This is a great way to get your kids to learn about sustainability and getting into the communal spirit. Visit this cosy, preloved store that repurposes preloved books with the aim of spreading the joy of reading at affordable prices.
This self-service store may be on the smaller side, but there are plenty of places to sit outside. There’s a café next door, too – it’s based on trust, so you can bring your books over and enjoy a cuppa, then bring them back after!
BUKU by PJ Preloved House
K2-22, KEDAI KL,
Block B, Level 2, MAHSA Avenue Jalan Universiti,
Off Jalan Ilmu, Kuala Lumpur
5. Silverfish Books
Can you believe this iconic, independent bookstore and publisher has been around for over 20 years? Silverfish is the leading imprint of quality Malaysian works written in English, including a range of books for children.
Find unique, rare titles that are unavailable in mainstream bookstores at this proudly homegrown gem.
63 Lorong Maarof,
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Inspired by the idea of a growing twig that eventually evolves into a sturdy tree, Twigs offers a range of books to develop and inspire children’s curious young minds.
Choose from a great selection of reads ranging from bilingual books to stories from renowned and budding local authors. There’s a small reading section right next to the bookshelves, too, making it easy for parents to keep an eye on their younger tots as they browse.
Unit 1F-12, First Floor,
163 Retail Park, 8 Jalan Kiara,
Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
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This article was written by Elaine Yeoh for makchic, a Malaysian-based online site for chic, curious, and spirited parents. makchic and has been providing trustworthy and authentic family-related content since 2013. For diverse stories of parenthood that inform, support, and uplift all families, visit makchic.com and follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.