Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update from all of us at The Children's Bookshop

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Now that New Zealand has reached level 1 we remain open for customers to visit in-store. We have the Rippl QR code and the Government's Covid-19 QR code for you to record your movements.

However, not everything is as normal as before the pandemic alert. There will be delays of at least four weeks for many titles to arrive because those publishers are now having to freight by ship instead of air. Be prepared for the fact that we may not have the book you want, but we are always happy to suggest alternative titles and/or take orders.

If you prefer not to visit in person, we are still open for contactless online, email and telephone orders. We are also perfectly set up for pick-ups, with easy drive-in access to the plaza (Google 10 Rongotai Rd) and plenty of carparks outside the shop. Just order online or by phone, pay and we will have your parcel at the counter ready for you to collect.

If you wish to have your parcel despatched by courier, be aware that the courier companies are still stretched to accommodate all the extra deliveries nationwide that came with the move to Level 3, then Level 2 and now Level 1. Allow time from despatch (we will provide a tracking number) until you receive your purchase.

We will be taking every precaution to remain safe. This means sanitizing counter areas regularly and we have hand sanitizer on hand for you to use if you wish to.

Thank you all for your wonderful support and patience over the past few months during this surreal time.

All the best,

Ruth, Lucy Bailey, Sasha, Jem, Lucy Black, Kieran, Bella and Isla



Dear customers: please note the number of items we have on the website when placing your orders. If the number is 0, we do not currently have that item in stock, but you are welcome to still place an order. If the item proves to no longer be available, or will take a significant amount of time to arrive, we will contact you.

Children's Bookshop

Visit us at our Kilbirnie shop or place your order on-line using the search function above.

The Children's Bookshop is a privately owned independent specialist bookstore dedicated to providing the widest range of children's and young adult literature from New Zealand and around the world. Established in 1992 by John and Ruth McIntyre, we have celebrated 27 years in business.

The staff are passionate about reading and are always willing to share their knowledge with their customers.

We are experts at matching children with books, and get the greatest pleasure at finding reading for children who aren't traditionally readers.

In 2013 The Children's Bookshop won the North Island Regional Bookshop of the Year award. In 2003 we were named New Zealand's Independent Bookshop of the year, the first time it had been awarded to a specialist bookstore, and were runner-up to Unity Books of Wellington for the same award in 2008.

In 2011, John and Ruth were presented with the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children's literature. The award was established in 1990 to commemorate the work of author Betty Gilderdale and to honour distinguished service to the development of children's literature and literacy. It is administered by the Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust.

Sadly, John died on June 10, 2017 after a brave fight with chonic illness. He was at work most days right up until the end and has left us a wonderful legacy which we are carrying on in his memory.

In 2017, John (posthumously) and Ruth were presented with the New Zealand Book Industry's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Keep up with all our exciting news and events by following us on Facebook! 


Opening Hours

Our hours at present are:

Mondays to Fridays      9am to 5.30pm

Saturdays                        9am to 4pm

Sundays                           10am to 4pm

Our online shop is open 24/7

We are closed on Public Holidays (January 1 and 2; Wellington Anniversary Day; Waitangi Day [Feb 6]; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Anzac Day; Queen's Birthday; Labour Day (October 26th); Christmas Day [December 25] and Boxing Day [December 26].


Gecko Press End of Line Sale!

It's been great to see that so many kids seem to have discovered a love of reading over the last few months and that those who were already reading are reading even more. And it's been wonderful to see the swell of support for shopping local. To thank you for your support, we got together with our friends at local Wellington publisher Gecko Press and came up with a way for you to get even more books at amazing prices! And so...

Gecko Press and The Children’s Bookshop
invite you to
an exclusive evening end-of-line sale of Gecko Press books.

The Children’s Bookshop
Wednesday 22nd July
6pm to 9pm

Shop 26,
Kilbirnie Plaza
Wellington 6022

Most books will be $5 and you can win some fantastic prizes on the night.

We won't know what the books are until the day so you'll need to come along to find out. If you can't make it, send a friend! We will extend the sale through the week but we do expect some titles will sell out quickly.

Children and babies are welcome but we ask that you leave pushchairs outside.


Our regular Storytime session with Fairy Helen and her assistance dog Bindi will resume Friday, July 3rd from 10.30am to 11am. Pre-schoolers and their caregivers are all welcome. There is a draw to win one of the books Helen reads and a coupon for a discounted coffee or tea kindly provided by our good friends at Plaza Pizzeria opposite our bookshop.


Try Our Gift Selection Services!

For those with out-of-town or international friends and family (or live just around the corner), try our gift selection services for that upcoming special occasion.

Choose from one of two options:

1. Talk to one of our friendly, experienced staff members about our selection of books that would suit that special someone. We can give your gift a dash of colour with some complimentary gift wrapping and, if it is to be posted, we can offer the most economic postal quote.

2. Purchase a Children's Bookshop gift voucher for our store in Kilbirnie or a national Booksellers token (redeemable at more than 350 bookstores round the country). For those who have so many books it's hard to keep track, include a card for the occasion and it can be sorted as easily as dialing our contact number.

Enter a message for the recipient for that extra personal touch. We will then courier or post your parcel to the required address.



"Thanks for the super FAST service" - Daniela, Queenstown

"It’s such a pleasure dealing with everyone in your bookshop. It reminds of past times..." - Voula, Wellington

"Just want to say how impressed I am at the online service you guys provide. Outstanding!" - Gina, Paraparaumu

"Wonderful service, beautiful book and the packaging was excellent." - Jane, Gisborne


Special Orders

As well as carrying a huge range of contemporary literature we also stock childhood favourites from the past, and excel at sourcing hard-to-find books from around the world. Even if you have been told a title is out of print, please let us try to find it for you.

Please Note: Books found on our website do not necessarily reflect our current stock in the store. However, we are happy to order any book for you as long as it is in print.

When ordering through our website, we have the PayPal option or you can do a direct deposit into our bank account. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone with your Visa or Mastercard details. The Account payment option is only for schools and businesses that have set up an invoicing account.

Every effort is made to ensure the price is correct on out-of-stock items, but we reserve the right to make alterations in the event of publishers' price fluctuations.



We started a new e-newsletter in February 2017 to keep you up to date with news of book events and reviews of the latest titles available. This replaced the print newsletter that we had been producing for more than 20 years. If you would like to receive our e-newsletter by email please fill in your details in the boxes below and send them to us.

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School Newsletters

We have a considerable number of schools and public libraries who are regular customers, for whom we produce a collection of newsletters once a term. In them we review new books that we believe are must-haves - fiction and non-fiction - and we are happy to add you to our mailing list.

The Children's Bookshop Addicts' Club

Join our Addicts' Club - our special way of saying thank you to all our customer "addicts" who have been wonderfully loyal in the 24 years since we started the store.

Spend a minimum $600 (that's a rough average of about 30 books!) on any non-sale or non-discounted items - books and toys (except Booksellers' New Zealand book tokens) - in the store between mid-November and mid-November the next year and we will then send you a voucher worth 10% of your total purchases to spend at any time.

We will also invite you to an Addicts' Club pre-Christmas shopping night where you may spend your voucher, enjoy the Christmas spirit with a drink and nibbles, listen to a guest speaker and be in the draw to win parcels of superb books.

Ask to join next time you visit.