The Little Bookroom - Storytime - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little bookworms spent the morning at the Little Bookroom perusing the shelves, having a play and listening to stories at one of the store's weekly storytime session. It's beautiful when little ones enjoy books, readings and storytime at a local library or specialist bookstore. Their little eyes shine up as they are taken on adventures. I love reading to my kids at night and introducing them to books has been the best thing! Little Miss is truly obsessed with borrowing books, maxing out the library card and asking for ten books to be read nightly. It’s also cute to see her reading books to her brother. Thanks the Little Bookroom for having us and thanks Kate for the review. xo Catherine
 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

It’s safe to say that I have always been a big reader.  I remember one particular family holiday to the Sunshine Coast when I was 12, I read 18 Sweet Valley University books over two weeks.  My poor Mum couldn't keep up with buying me the next book in the series!

Now as a mumma, the time I spend cuddling the poppets, watching them become engrossed in a story that I’m reading to them, is a priceless experience. On top of the sentimental value, more and more studies are proving how beneficial sharing stories with babies and young children is.  In fact, research shows that children who are read to every day from an early age have extended vocabularies, increased reading readiness and improved cognitive skills when they enter school. How amazing is that!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Independent children's bookshops and bookshops with large and active children's sections are thriving and do much to instil a lifelong love of books and learning in young children.

The Little Bookroom in Carlton North is one of those bookshops and also happens to be the world’s oldest bookshop for children and young adults.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Established by Albert Ullin, the original Bookroom opened its doors in 1960 and has moved to three different locations.  It has only had three owners in its 55 years of trade and incredibly even the original shelves have made very single move!  Today, The Little Bookroom co-owner and manager Leesa Lambert (alongside her parents Lesley and Ian) operates a thriving shop and events space whilst maintaining a strong online presence too.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The Little Bookroom continues Ullin’s legacy as a destination bookshop and haven for children.  Book launches are frequent occurrences as well as a monthly book club (for Years 4-6), storytime yoga (for 3-6 year olds) and other bookish events and workshops throughout the year.  However, it’s the bi-weekly storytime that I have grown to adore and which the poppets absolutely love.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Held every Thursday and Friday from 1030am, toddlers, preschoolers and babies are invited to join Leesa for a fabulous hour of songs, stories and rhymes.  The poppets love playing with the Brio train table at the rear of the store before the session begins and having cuddles with “Hugless Douglass” the teddy bear (named after a series of books by David Melling). Once the toys are packed away, the little ones are quick to secure their spot on the ‘special rug’ ready to watch and listen, sing and dance and shake and jingle the maracas, egg shakers and bells that come out from the magic cupboard too.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

With window installations that change regularly and a shelves that are jam packed full of beautiful children’s books (plus some adult ones too) it’s hard not to pick up a new addition for your collection at home or a present for an upcoming birthday on your way out.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Be sure to pop into one of the family friendly cafes close by before or after your visit too, Birdie Num Nums and Green Park Dining are both perfect for little ones.  Plus there is a newly renovated playground next to Green Park Dining that the poppets love, just keep a close eye out around the swings which are located right in the middle of the playground and have proven to be problematic given their central position. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The Little Bookroom is a must visit bookshop for picture-book-loving toddlers to young readers and BIG kids too!  The contribution that Leesa and her team make to the world of children’s literature by connecting with families and book lovers and sharing their expertise is very rare and we are lucky to have such a gem in the Melbourne community.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

To find out more information, Storytime schedules and school holiday activities taking place at the Little Bookroom, head to their website.
To follow Kate and her poppets around Melbourne, head to her Instagram page.

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.