Today, I walked straight into bookshop heaven! Button and Bear in Shrewsbury is a magical place, dedicated entirely to children’s books- and it should be on everyone’s ‘places I must visit’ list!
This family-owned bookshop offers a fabulous range of book-ish delights from first reading experiences to young adult reads. Light, spacious and welcoming, the shop maximises its space whilst remaining clam and uncluttered.
On the right hand side wall is a wonderfully tempting display of fiction, non-fiction and picture books, begging to be admired and read. It was so easy to browse these and locate many favourites as well as some new treasures.
Small display tables are scattered around the shop, focusing attention on particular authors, illustrators or themes. This one proudly displayed signed copies of Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend who visited yesterday. There were other signs indicating the shop has a busy author event programme as well- pictures drawn by Chris Riddell and Tony Ross hang proudly on the wall and there were other signed books on offer too.
The shop was made even more special by the wonderfully warm, friendly welcome I received. Every question I asked was answered with great enthusiasm and knowledge. The lady I spoke to (I’m so sorry I didn’t ask her name!) even emailed her mum to ask for suggestions of books I might like to read. They even had a section for wordless picture books- not something I always find!
Whilst we were talking, story time was taking place in the Woodland Room beneath the shop. This lovely area is reached by going down stairs lined with trees- a pushchair park is conveniently located just at the top of the stairs. It is such a delightful space and obviously very well used. Parents and children who were leaving had obviously had a wonderful time and were browsing the books before leaving.
If I ever fulfil my dream of owning a children’s bookshop, it would be one just like this! Button and Bear is just lovely and I will be visiting again soon.
You can find out more on their website.