5.  Books of Wonder

Coming from humble beginnings in a West Village space of about 200 square feet in 1980, Books of Wonder now occupies a huge space with an ever bigger reputation. Books of Wonder is the place to go for children’s books, carrying everything from rare and collectible children’s books to the newest titles. The shop hosts weekly story times, bookclubs, birthday parties and author events. It even has an art gallery where you will find vintage and collectible prints and posters. Located at 18 West 18th Street.