Best book clubs for kids in NYC

Explore NYC's best book clubs for kids and let your little ones fall in love with all-things literary

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Like a well-stocked shelf, NYC's best book clubs for kids offer plenty of options for little bibliophiles. Yes, Mom and Dad, this activity just might cause the kiddos to stay up past their bedtime (we apologize in advance). New genres, authors and series are at the ready for young readers, so stop by your local indie to see what options are available for your tiny Rory Gilmore. Happy reading!  

Don't forget to peruse the shelves at the best libraries for kids and book stores in NYC. When you're looking for a fun outing, drop in on storytimes for kids at local book shops, libraries and venues. 

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Books Are Magic

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Emma Straub's literary oasis in Cobble Hill welcomes readers of all ages into its quaint and cozy outpost. The shop's newly instated kids' book club—in collaboration with READ 718 and Brooklyn Independent Middle School—helps kids in grades three to five explore a new story each month. Once your book club member has finished the chosen novel, make sure to check out BAM's children's books and YA subscription boxes. Learn more here

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Greenlight Bookstore

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Greenlight knows that even little ones can't resist a good story. In addition to hosting signings and story times, the store offers the Young Readers Book Club—the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in Fort Greene and the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in Prospect Lefferts Gardens for those ages 9–12. While discussing chapter books and classics, little bibliophiles will get to munch on pizza (which certainly pairs well with a good book). Learn more here

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Astoria Bookshop

Queens' newly opened indie book shop looks to involve teens and tweens in the literary world with a monthly YA book group for kids 12 and up. Past selections have include fan favorites such To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Six of Crows and The Hate U Give. (Would it be inappropriate for adults to sit in?) Learn more here

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Barnes & Noble

In a nationwide effort to get children engrossed in a good book, Barnes & Noble now offers Kids' Book Hangouts, an event where participants in grades one through six discuss stories, score free swag, participate in crafts and meet fellow bookworms along the way. Learn more here

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WORD

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WORD caters its book groups to fans across all genres, so of course YA is on the list of offerings. Readers of all ages are invited to explore that teen angst—crushes, drama, high school humiliation—with YA Oughta Book Group, which meets every third Wednesday at 6pm. Please note this takes place in the Jersey City location. Learn more here

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Books of Wonder

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Books of Wonder—specifically dedicated to children and teens—plans to offer book groups in 2019. Check its website for future developments.

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BONUS: Book Culture

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Though technically for adults, Book Culture's offering caters to parents who want to discuss what it's like dealing with little readers of their own. The Raising Little Humans Book Club meets the last Monday of every month at 7pm. Learn more here

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