It’s no wonder that BookPeople is voted Austin’s favorite bookstore year after year. It’s the largest independent bookstore in Texas, and it was even named the Best Bookstore in the US in 2005 by Publisher’s Weekly. Besides packed shelves full of any book you might be searching for, the store also includes lots of terrific gifts, toys, t-shirts, locally-crafted jewelry, etc. as well as a cafe within the building. But it’s the Austin spirit in iconic BookPeople that makes it stand out. You can count on friendly, knowledgeable staff, fun (sometimes quirky) events, lots of BIG name authors doing in-store signings and readings.
BookPeople offers a free storytime every Saturday at 11:30am. Throughout the week, there are events for children on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am. These weekday storytimes are often guest-hosted by local companies, such as Armstrong Community Music School or Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. Check out their event calendar for the latest offerings.
Recently, I took my three boys to a storytime event. It was packed, and mostly full of babies and toddlers on that day. It’s such nice location to meet friends, and all ages are welcome, so I can see why it’s so appealing to the mom community. A member of the BookPeople staff stood and read loudly to the big crowd, but it was still a little too noisy for my oldest to hear the book. So I will remember that he needs to sit right up front next time if he’s eager to be a good listener. After three books were read, the kids were given free cookies and coloring pages. My boys loved those treats at the end.
In addition to the events, BookPeople also offers a free Birthday Club for kids. Parents can simply fill out a short form in the store, and BookPeople will mail a postcard to your child during his or her birth month for $5 to spend in the store. $5 for free? Yes, thank you!
603 N. Lamar, Austin TX 78703
(512) 472-5050Open daily, 9am to 11pm
You may also be interested in a visit to Whole Foods Market. It’s walking distance from BookPeople!