5 Magical Children’s Bookstores You Must Visit in Central Ohio

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These beautiful children’s bookstores in Ohio will transport you to another world! Check out one of these independent children’s bookstores in Central Ohio for books, gifts and goodies for the kids in your life!

boys looking at books at Cover to Cover Bookstore in Ohio for children.

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Bookstores are some of the best places, don’t you agree? I could spend all day in a bookstore with a cup of coffee. Maybe visiting bookstores with kids isn’t quite as relaxing as that! But either way, when you visit one of these magical children’s bookstores in Central Ohio, it will come pretty darn close!

Plan Your Visit to one of These 5 Amazing Children’s Bookstores in Ohio:

1. Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

  • 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221

boy standing in the Cover to Cover bookstore in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Speaking of being transported to another world, when you step inside Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers in Upper Arlington, Ohio, you might never want to return to reality! This adorable bookstore just for kids is a gem.

Cover to Cover was originally opened by a teacher in Clintonville. The store was bought by another teacher and moved to Upper Arlington in 2018. The store hosts special events and story times with authors on a regular basis.

seating area inside Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers in Ohio

With books for kids of all ages and stages, you can find everything you need for school projects, gifts or leisure reading. Online ordering is also available on the website!

2. Beanbag Books

  • 25 W Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015

inside the bookstore Beanbag Books in Delaware, Ohio

Beanbag Books began as a teacher supply store and has been in downtown Delaware for over 30 years. This store is full of books for kids of all ages and is a place you must visit with your kids when you’re in Delaware, Ohio!

Beyond books, you can also shop for toys, games and craft kits to keep your kids busy throughout the year!

Inside Beanbag Books, a children's bookstore in Ohio

Stop into Beanbag Books as part of a fun day in Delaware, Ohio with your kids!

3. The Fun Company

  • 136 S Main St., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311, 937-599-2993 

Couch inside a Children's Bookstore in Bellefontaine, Ohio

This is a magical toy store in Bellefontaine, Ohio with a cozy book section that will make you want to plop down on a comfy couch and stay a while. This is an amazing hidden gem just outside of Columbus that I didn’t know existed until just a few years ago!

I loved how The Fun Company has little nooks and crannies for playing and reading. It is impossible not to fall in love with how cheery and fun this place is!

bookstore in Bellefontaine, Ohio called The Fun Station.

Even if you don’t live close enough to pop over to this children’s bookstore, you can order online and have books (and toys) shipped to your house! If you DO live close enough, there are a lot of fun things to do in Bellefontaine with your kids when you visit!

4. Gramercy Books

  • 2424 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

The picture book area at Gramercy Books in Bexley, Ohio

The children’s section at Gramercy Books in Bexley, Ohio is delightful! This is a place I love to take my kids. And it doesn’t hurt that the bookstore is attacked to Kittie’s Cakes where they sell my favorite chocolate chip cookie in Columbus!

Though the entire bookstore is not dedicated to kids, the children’s space is it’s own little world with fun and colorful displays, enticing toys and a great selection of books for children.

a boy in the children's book area at Gramercy Books

This classy bookstore is an asset to Central Ohio with it’s great selection, author events and commitment to diversity in its offerings

5. The Book Loft

  • 631 South Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

The Book Loft bookstore in German Village in Columbus, Ohio

Quite possibly the most famous bookstore in Ohio, The Book Loft offers a maze of 32 rooms of books of all subjects and topics – including it’s own children’s book section consisting of 5 rooms!

There are so many books at the Book Loft, they often spill out onto the porch and sidewalk! Make sure to allow plenty of time to visit (and potentially get lost)! The store does provide maps and if it’s your first time visiting this bookstore in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, I suggest picking one up!

inside the children's book area at The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio.

On of my favorite parts of The Book Loft is that they play different CD’s in different sections and you can alway look around to find the display of what music is “now playing”!

Additionally, the children’s section is large and full of fun finds for all ages! Online ordering is also available!

Plan a visit to one of these magical children’s bookstores in Columbus and Central Ohio and you will not be disappointed! These local gems are some of our favorite places to take our kids! Which one is your favorite?

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Story Times For Kids in Columbus Ohio

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These story times for kids in Columbus, Ohio will keep your kids entertained with stories, crafts, treats and other fun activities! 

There are so many fun story times for kids around Columbus! I especially love the addition of story times at restaurants! Books + Food = a perfect combination! But whether or not you want a snack, a walk on the farm or a themed craft, there’s something on this list for everyone! Make sure to double check with each location’s calendar to make sure the story time is still on!

reading area inside Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers.

Enjoy a story time for kids at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers.

Story Times for Kids in Columbus Ohio:

LL Bean

  • 4222 Easton Loop W., Columbus, OH 43219

Tent Tales for Tykes – Storytime at L.L.Bean takes place on Tuesdays at 10:30. Each week features a different nature or outdoor theme, and related activities, games or crafts. Recommended for children ages 3-6. Register online.

Duck Donuts (Dublin)

  • 7717 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Takes place every other Monday morning from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Includes story, coloring and a demonstration of how donuts are made! Recommended for ages 3-6. Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Chick fil A on Sawmill

woman reading a story at chick fil a on sawmill

  • 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Takes place on the First and Third Mondays of the month at 10:00 AM. The theme varies each time! (Plus CFA Sawmill serves breakfast until 11:00 AM!) Double check their Facebook page for updates.

Cheryl’s Cookies

  • 646 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville, OH 43082

Story time takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Story time includes reading 2 stories, a craft and a snack size cookie for all participants. (Take advantage of their daily value on Wednesdays: 5 cookies for $5). Call 614-901-0046 with questions.

Stratford Ecological Center

Stratford Ecological Center

  • 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Story Time takes place the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is $5/family. The theme is seasonal based on what is going on on the farm at the time! Double check their events page for updates.

Ohio Wildlife Center

story time at Ohio Wildlife Center

  • 6131 Cook Rd. Powell, OH 43065

 Wild Story Time takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and includes stories, a craft, a tour of the grounds and a visit from an animal resident! Double check their events page for updates.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Story time at Scioto Audubon Columbus, Ohio

  • 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215

Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM and features nature themed stories. Inside the Center is also an indoor play area for young kids! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.


  • Multiple Locations

Story Time at Lifeway takes place at 10:00 AM on Saturdays with several stories! Kids of all ages are welcome. Click the link for store locations.

Franklin Park Conservatory

story time at Franklin Park Conservatory Columbus Ohio

  • 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Nature Storytime takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 AM. This is appropriate for kids ages 3-5 and features stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. During the spring and summer, the story time takes place in the Children’s Garden. Storytime is included with admission or membership. Check their calendar to stay current on the location.

Cover to Cover Bookstore 

  • 2116 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

Story times take place on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and Sundays (including kids yoga) at 9:00 AM. Double check the calendar for times and stories. There are also frequent author visits and other events at this beautiful bookstore just for children!

Barnes and Noble

  • Multiple locations

Most Barnes and Noble locations have story times on at 11:00 AM on Saturdays. Each week there is a new book and theme. More info.

Dublin Toy Emporium

  • 28 N. High St., Dublin, OH 43017

Story times take place monthly along with other kid-friendly classes. Check the website for events

Prairie Township Fire Department

Reading with a Fire Fighter Columbus Ohio

  • 123 Inah Ave., Columbus, OH 43228

Reading with a Firefighter takes place weekly in July and August and includes stories read by Firefighters, snacks and climbing on the fire trucks afterward! Double check their Facebook page for exact dates.


Fundamentals Toys and Books, Delaware, Ohio

  • 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Takes place once a month! Story time includes picture books, and a craft or music activity around a common theme. Story Time will last for 30 minutes, and is appropriate for children 2+. Double check their Facebook page for dates. 

Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Fashion Place

Pottery Barn Kids Play area, Columbus, Ohio

  • 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Takes place every Tuesday at 11:00 AM and includes stories, activities and more. Check the website for more info.


indoor play area at the shops at worthington place

Locations with Occasional Story Times for Kids in Columbus:

Cub Shrub

  • 1257 Grandview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Prologue Bookshop

  • 841 N High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Gramercy Books

gramercy books bexley, ohio

  • 2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Check the events on their website for current information.


  • 1900 Ikea Way, Columbus, OH 43240

Check in on the restaurant level for information on story times for kids!

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

So many of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks offer story times or special programs for kids of all ages. Start by searching their Event Listing by choosing “All Parks” and Preschool as an age group!

Library Story Times in Columbus:

Of course there are tons of story times happening at our local libraries! Too many to list! But here are the websites for each of the local libraries where you can check for their most recent and updated story times!

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Southwest Public Libraries

Bexley Public Library

Worthington Libraries

Westerville Public Library

Delaware County District Library

Grandview Heights Public Library

Upper Arlington Public Library

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