Reading is a fundamental part of a child’s learning experience, and studies show that it's never too early to expose your little one to a love of books and learning. And while reading to your child is a wonderful bonding experience, it’s nice to switch things up every now and then. Several bookstores are now inviting children to come in and listening to the telling of a beloved tale. It's a great way to not only expose your child to reading in a fun way, but also to get to know other parents in your area. Here is a rundown of some area bookstores that offer storytime for children:
313 New York Avenue, Huntington
Every Tuesday morning at 11 am, the Book Revue hosts Toddler Time. This event lasts for one hour, and children are invited to listen to stories, create crafts, dance to music and more.
Barnes and Noble
With multiple locations throughout Long Island, Barnes and Noble hosts special events, including children’s storytime. Often, authors arrange to read the books they have penned to children. In addition to being able to hear some great works of children’s literature, your little ones will also be able to browse through the books that they sell, play with toys and make crafts. Check out your area Barnes and Noble to see if they offer a storytime event.
41 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-4939
93 Main Street, Southampton, 631-283-0270
20 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-8425
50 Love Lane, Mattituck, 631-315-5064
Bookhampton has been a Long Island staple for more than 40 years. With four locations across the East End, children who live on either the North or the South Fork can stop in and enjoy listening to a story. Stories are read by the store owners or other employees, authors, and even celebrities (Alec Baldwin is known for stopping in and reading a story from time-to-time). Give them a cool or visit the website to find out about upcoming storytimes.
299 Main Street, Port Washington
One of the most prized locations in Port Washington, the Dolphin Bookshop has been a family favorite in this area since 1946. This store offers a variety of special children’s events, including children’s story hour. Children are invited to come in and listen to a story, as well as interact with each other, and even shake their sillies out. Events change on a regular basis, so give them a call to find out what programs are being offered.
Photo courtesy of Book Revue