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Books for sale in different shops Left: Seven Stories, Centre: The Little Ripon Bookshop Top Right: Cogito Books, Bottom Right: Pickering Book Tree
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March 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

It's World Book Day!

World Book Day (2nd March), is as always with the mission to promote reading for pleasure, offering every young person the opportunity to have their own book. Here are six of the best bookshops to visit in the North East and Yorkshire for anyone who loves reading, and for those who are just getting into books.
Seven Stories

Cogito Books

Since opening in 2001, Cogito Books have offered customers in Hexham thoughtful displays, an engaging children’s area and a tailored selections of books. You’ll find around 10,000 titles inside and staff have plenty of knowledge to share; plus they accept and sell National Book Tokens, have a children’s book group and host children's storytelling each week.
5 St Mary's Chare, Hexham NE46 1NQ

Seven Stories

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children's Books with seven floors dedicated to children's literature. This weekend, children can visit dressed as their favourite book character and enter their costume competition to be in with a chance of winning a book bundle and £20 voucher to spend in their coffee shop. They’re also running Pay As You Feel Storytimes for families. Among their top picks for February are The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold, Loveless by Alice Oseman, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Bookworms by Nyanda Foday and Everything Changes by Clare Helen Welsh and Asa Gilland.
30 Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ

Drake The Bookshop

Having opened their doors in Stockton in 2015 this bookshop encourages readers to get involved with their special book groups. In 2021, they expanded into an empty unit at 26 Silver Street which now houses their children’s bookshop. They currently have a stand where children can browse their World Book Day books (vouchers are redeemable from now until 26th March).  
26–27 Silver Street, Stockton TS18 1SX

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The Wonky Tree Bookshop

The Wonky Tree Bookshop

This independent bookshop opened in September 2022 and stocks a wide range of books for adults and children. If you can’t find a book in stock, they can usually get it in store the following day and they also sell cards and stationery. This year they’re accepting vouchers for books on their dedicated World Book Day stand (vouchers can be redeemed until 26th March).
Market Place, Leyburn DL8 5BD

The Little Ripon Bookshop

This family-run, independent bookshop opened in 2009, and expanded into the gallery next door in 2018. They also sell cards and stationery as well as maps and gifts. They’re currently running a buy one, get one free offer on selected picture books, from Olive the Octopus to The Gruffalo, and a book club for 11–12 year olds while planning for a second book club group for nine–10 year olds – but they run a monthly book club for adults too.
12–13 Westgate, Ripon HG4 2AT

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Pickering Book Tree

This indie bookshop plants a tree for every 50 books bought in store or online. This year if you have a World Book Day voucher, you can either swap it for one of this year’s £1 books on their dedicated stand, or use it to take £1 off a book from their shelves (there are around 1,700 so you won’t be short of choice).
43a Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AE

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