Coronavirus / Covid-19 Announcement from all of us here at The Children's Bookshop - 24/03/2020

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Like everyone else, we will be closing down for a minimum of four weeks from 4pm today, Tuesday 24 March. We will be closed for both in store and online purchases, as instructed by the Government. However, we can take your orders and get them sent out to you as soon as we are allowed. Please put your orders through online or drop us an email. Any purchases you make now will help us keep going and make sure we can keep all our staff on and pay our bills!

Alert level 4 means that “Non-essential businesses in New Zealand must close” at 11:59pm on Wednesday 25 March. The official advice requires “New Zealanders who are outside of essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of those in your households”.

The advice from the Government about essential businesses clearly excludes bookshops. The types of businesses that are allowed to remain open are those that are essential for the necessities of life, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and utilities. As vital as we consider books to be, they cannot realistically be considered to be essential supplies at this time.

The requirement is for non-essential businesses to “close”. In the view of Booksellers NZ, this means that a physical bookstore must close its doors to customers. We also believe that this means that online sales must likewise cease. Having staff in store fulfilling online orders and liaising with couriers is not in the spirit of the official requirements to isolate and avoid travel. The intention of the unprecedented lockdown is to avoid any unnecessary contact for the health and safety of all New Zealanders.

Be safe out there, stay healthy, be good to each other and look after those more vulnerable in your community.

If you have orders, we will keep them here for you. If you need to get in touch, you can email Ruth at who will be monitoring emails from home but may not be able to get back to you quickly. Please follow us on social media (mostly on Facebook) for updates, resources and even perhaps some humour in the days to come.

All the best,
Ruth, Lucy Bailey, Sasha, Jem, Lucy Black, Kieran, Bella and Isla



Dear customers: please note the number of items we have on the website when placing your orders. If the number is 0, we do not currently have that item in stock, but you are welcome to still place an order. If the item proves to no longer be available, or will take a significant amount of time to arrive, we will contact you.

Children's Bookshop

Visit us at our Kilbirnie shop or place your order on-line using the search function above.

The Children's Bookshop is a privately owned independent specialist bookstore dedicated to providing the widest range of children's and young adult literature from New Zealand and around the world. Established in 1992 by John and Ruth McIntyre, we have celebrated 27 years in business.

The staff are passionate about reading and are always willing to share their knowledge with their customers.

We are experts at matching children with books, and get the greatest pleasure at finding reading for children who aren't traditionally readers.

In 2013 The Children's Bookshop won the North Island Regional Bookshop of the Year award. In 2003 we were named New Zealand's Independent Bookshop of the year, the first time it had been awarded to a specialist bookstore, and were runner-up to Unity Books of Wellington for the same award in 2008.

In 2011, John and Ruth were presented with the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature. The award was established in 1990 to commemorate the work of author Betty Gilderdale and to honour distinguished service to the development of children's literature and literacy. It is administered by the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust.

Sadly, John died on June 10, 2017 after a brave fight with chonic illness. He was at work most days right up until the end and has left us a wonderful legacy which we are carrying on in his memory.

In 2017, John (posthumously) and Ruth were presented with the New Zealand Book Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Keep up with all our exciting news and events by following us on Facebook! 


Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays         9am to 5.30pm

Saturdays                         9am to 4pm

Sundays                           10am to 4pm

We are closed on Public Holidays (January 1 and 2; Wellington Anniversary Day; Waitangi Day [Feb 6]; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Anzac Day; Queen's Birthday; Labour Day; Christmas Day [December 25] and Boxing Day [December 26].



Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be holding our regular Storytime on Friday mornings until further notice.


Try Our Gift Selection Services!

For those with out-of-town or international friends and family (or live just around the corner), try our gift selection services for that upcoming special occasion.

Choose from one of two options:

1. Talk to one of our friendly, experienced staff members about our selection of books that would suit that special someone. We can give your gift a dash of colour with some complimentary gift wrapping and, if it is to be posted, we can offer the most economic postal quote.

2. Purchase a Children's Bookshop gift voucher for our store in Kilbirnie or a national Booksellers token (redeemable at more than 350 bookstores round the country). For those who have so many books it's hard to keep track, include a card for the occasion and it can be sorted as easily as dialing our contact number.

Enter a message for the recipient for that extra personal touch. We will then courier or post your parcel to the required address.



"Thanks for the super FAST service" - Daniela, Queenstown

"It’s such a pleasure dealing with everyone in your bookshop. It reminds of past times..." - Voula, Wellington

"Just want to say how impressed I am at the online service you guys provide. Outstanding!" - Gina, Paraparaumu

"Wonderful service, beautiful book and the packaging was excellent." - Jane, Gisborne


Special Orders

As well as carrying a huge range of contemporary literature we also stock childhood favourites from the past, and excel at sourcing hard-to-find books from around the world. Even if you have been told a title is out of print, please let us try to find it for you.

Please Note: Books found on our website do not necessarily reflect our current stock in the store. However, we are happy to order any book for you as long as it is in print.

When ordering through our website, we have the PayPal option or you can do a direct deposit into our bank account. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone with your Visa or Mastercard details. The Account payment option is only for schools and businesses that have set up an invoicing account.

Every effort is made to ensure the price is correct on out-of-stock items, but we reserve the right to make alterations in the event of publishers' price fluctuations.



We started a new e-newsletter in February 2017 to keep you up to date with news of book events and reviews of the latest titles available. This replaced the print newsletter that we had been producing for more than 20 years. If you would like to receive our e-newsletter by email please fill in your details in the boxes below and send them to us.

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School Newsletters

We have a considerable number of schools and public libraries who are regular customers, for whom we produce a collection of newsletters once a term. In them we review new books that we believe are must-haves - fiction and non-fiction - and we are happy to add you to our mailing list.

The Children's Bookshop Addicts' Club

Join our Addicts' Club - our special way of saying thank you to all our customer "addicts" who have been wonderfully loyal in the 24 years since we started the store.

Spend a minimum $600 (that's a rough average of about 30 books!) on any non-sale or non-discounted items - books and toys (except Booksellers' New Zealand book tokens) - in the store between mid-November and mid-November the next year and we will then send you a voucher worth 10% of your total purchases to spend at any time.

We will also invite you to an Addicts' Club pre-Christmas shopping night where you may spend your voucher, enjoy the Christmas spirit with a drink and nibbles, listen to a guest speaker and be in the draw to win parcels of superb books.

Ask to join next time you visit.