The habit of reading starts at an early age they say, and frequent trips to the bookstore for the little juniors to pick out the books that they want might just do the trick in kickstarting a lifelong love affair with books. What are you waiting for? Ditch the electronics and head out the door with your whole family as we bring you the top 10 bookstores for kids in Kuala Lumpur and the best picks of children literature. What’s more? We’ve included online book stores too for easy ordering.
Established in 2006, BookXcess is literally a goldmine for those seeking brand new English language books from fiction to non-fiction, children’s readers, reference books, cookbooks and more, at jaw-dropping bargain prices. Expect to find a good selection of picture storybooks and activity books for your kids here under the RM10 mark. BookXcess is also the organizer of the hugely popular Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, an annual book warehouse sale which attracts throngs of readers due to the wide variety of books available at unbeatable prices.
BookXcess, various locations, http://www.bookxcessonline.com. If the idea of heading to their oldest store in Amcorp Mall does not appeal to you, branches can be found around Klang Valley, but we highly recommend the spanking new branch at The Starling in Damansara Uptown, which promises a beautiful, dreamy space for bibliophiles. There’s even a café within the store, Madeleine Café, which offers a selection of cakes and coffee.
Borders offer a wide selection of books, magazines, gift items, and stationery. Boasting a no-wrapping policy on their books, customers are encouraged to browse first before making their purchase. The larger outlets also house Starbucks cafes, perfect for catching up on your reading over a cup of coffee. Occasionally, selected stores will host in-store events such as book signings, author appearances and special programs for kids.
Borders, various locations, http://www.borders.net.my. There are seven Borders Bookstores around the country, including Bangsar Village II, The Gardens Mall and The Curve.
Neighborhood store CzipLee in Bangsar has been around since 1968 and is the go-to place for quality stationery and books. From a family-run business, CzipLee now stocks three floors of just about everything a stationery enthusiast will need, especially those seeking high-quality products like Moleskine notebooks, fine paper goods, writing instruments, art supplies, children’s books and digital printing services. For the younger ones, there are storybooks, activity books, arts and craft supplies, and rows and rows of colorful stationery guaranteed to appeal to any school-going kid. CzipLee is located on the corner of Jalan Telawi 3 in Bangsar, and there’s also a branch in Kajang.
CzipLee Books & Stationery, 1 & 3 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2287 0699; 53-56 Jalan Tun Abdul Aziz, 4300, Kajang, Selangor, +603 8737 0699, http://www.cziplee.com
Located on the fourth floor of Suria KLCC, Kinokuniya is one of the largest bookstores in the country, with over 300,000 titles in English, Japanese, Chinese and Bahasa Melayu. Their extensive range of books include adult and children’s literature, graphic novels, art and design books, titles about social sciences, performing arts, and lifestyle. There are also magazines, gift items, stationery and art supplies. Fans of Japanese culture can also find a selection of manga, magazines, and ‘e-mooks’, a cross between a magazine and book, typically packaged with a premium gift.
Kinokuniya, Lot 406-408 & 429-430, Level 4, Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2164 8133, https://malaysia.kinokuniya.com
With a unique history dating way back to the 1800s, MPH started off as a printing press, and today it's a well-established retailer of quality books of different genres, including children’s storybooks, revision and activity books in English, Chinese and Bahasa Melayu, as well as an assortment of stationery, gifts, educational toys, electronic, multimedia accessories and more. Apart from book retailing, MPH is also known for its printing, publishing and distribution services. Outlets are located in malls throughout Malaysia, including Bangsar Village, Mid Valley Megamall and Publika, as well as online shopping via their website.
MPH, various locations, http://www.mphonline.com
Located at the lobby level of Bangsar Puteri Condominium in Bukit Bandaraya, Oyez! Bookstore is a publisher and distributor of local children’s books published by them as well as other local publishers. This is the perfect place to get hold of children’s books with a local Malaysian and Asian flavor. The beautifully-illustrated picture books available here will make a great gift for kids keen on local culture. At times, storytelling and craft activities for children are held here. Customers are encouraged to call first before heading over.
Oyez! Bookstore, Lobby, Bangsar Puteri Condominium, 41 Jalan Medang Serai, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6012 332 0937, http://www.oyezbookstore.com
A household name in Malaysia with more than 80 stores nationwide, Popular is the largest bookstore chain in the country and stocks a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and general interest books in English, Chinese and Malay. Popular is one of the few bookstores that has a large collection of Chinese publications for all ages. They also carry an extensive selection of magazines, stationery, multi-media products, gift items and CDs. Apart from book retailing, Popular is also involved in book distribution, publishing and e-learning.
Popular, various locations, www.popular.com.my
As an independent publisher and distributor of literature, philosophy, and Malaysian writing in English, Silverfish Books, which is located in Bangsar Village II, stocks a selection of unique reads hand-selected by its proprietor, Raman Krishnan. Locally-published children books are available here, including works by renowned local children’s books authors and illustrators. At times, children activities such as story-telling, arts and craft and more are held here.
Silverfish Books, 20-2F, Bangsar Village II (Second) Floor, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2284 4837, http://www.silverfishbooks.com
Sporting a ‘garden-in-a-store’ concept with their own ‘trees’, The Book Garden by Sinaran at Atria Shopping Gallery offers a selection of lifestyle products including stationery, office supplies, school supplies and books, with a heavy focus on revision books and workbooks for school-goers in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. The store also hosts a number of workshops, such as cupcake-making, soap-making and art classes for adults and children.
The Book Garden by Sinaran, F21-23a, First Floor, Atria Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS22/23 Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, +603 7733 0060, http://thebookgarden.com.my
Established in 1978, Times Bookstore is a retailer of English language books and complementary products in the South East Asia region, with a chain of outlets throughout the country, in malls like Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar Shopping Center and Atria Shopping Gallery. They carry a wide range of books across all genres, magazines and newspapers, stationery, and toys and gifts for readers of all ages. The bookstore also hosts interesting activities regularly, including author appearances, book signings and workshops for adults and children.
Times Bookstore, various locations, http://www.timesbookstores.com.my