"Open" Sign

The emporium is open

Monday to Saturday

10am - 4.30pm

Appointments Available

Monday to Friday 

9am - 10am & 4.30pm - 5.30pm


11am - 3pm

About Us

Our award winning children’s bookshop is filled with books, stories and oodles of imagination, creativity and wonder for young people from birth to 16 years. Our space brings together everything we do to inspire children and young people through books and stories on their own terms.

As Southend's only independent bookshop, our shelves of both fiction and non-fiction, picture book and chapter, are perfect for a browse and our staff are experts on matching children with the right book and offering specialist advice. We receive new stock daily and - as we can't fit everything we wish for on our shelves - we can order in any book that is in print for both children and adults alike

To browse some of the books we have in stock from home, you can visit our Near St page. Books can be reserved for collection by phoning or emailing us and if you can’t see what you are looking for just ask. We can order it, and may even have it for you by tomorrow. ​

Gift Vouchers

For when you want to give the gift of a book but leave the choice to the recipient, we both sell and redeem National Book Tokens and our own range of gift vouchers in the form of Jacqson Diego money.