I’ve always loved bookstores. When I was little, my grandma would take me to our local mall for the newest Baby-Sitters Club book. More recently, when my husband and I decided to make the move to the suburbs, I focused on towns with a bearable commute into Boston and an indie bookstore!

Tomorrow, the last Saturday in April, is Independent Bookstore Day, and Boston has some great ones! Check them out:

Porter Square Books :: Cambridge

Located in the heart of Porter Square, this shop‘s staff share their book picks via their “Ideal Bookshelves.” Grab a coffee and a pastry from the in-house coffee shop, Cafe Zing.

Book Ends :: Winchester

In addition to its great selection of books, Book Ends won the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Award of Excellence in Community Service in 2017.

Belmont Books :: Belmont

Check out this store‘s events calendar, with open mic nights, trivia nights, monthly book clubs, and author events.

Harvard Book Store :: Cambridge

Expect nothing less than a great selection and awesome author events at this Harvard spot. Score great deals at the warehouse sale that happens several times a year.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe :: Boston

You’ll find Trident at one end of Newbury Street, close to Mass Ave. Come for the books, stay for the brunch!

I AM Books :: Boston

Located in the North End, this bookstore focuses on Italian and Italian-American authors, books in Italian, and Italy-related subject matter.

MIT Press Bookstore :: Cambridge

Located in Kendall Square, this shop has a number of books dedicated to science, but it also boasts a children’s section!

Wellesley Books :: Wellesley

In addition to its outsanding children’s department and its excellent selection of new fiction and nonfiction books, this store has a basement devoted to used books!

Brookline Booksmith :: Brookline

We love their website‘s “weekly bestsellers” section for recommendations, and their basement devoted to used books is a must-visit!

Children’s Book Shop :: Brookline

Said to be Greater Boston’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, this shop‘s extensive stock is carefully hand-selected.

Newtonville Books :: Newton Centre

Check their website for reading challenges, a survey of writers on their influences, and an extensive list of films based on books — which you can rent from their shop!

New England Mobile Book Fair :: Newton Upper Falls

Visit this spot for floor to ceiling books!

Blue Bunny Books and Toys :: Dedham

Owned by children’s book author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, this shop offers toys and art supplies in addition to books.

Papercuts JP :: Boston

It’s Boston’s smallest indie bookstore!

The Silver Unicorn Bookstore :: Acton

Bean bag chairs in the kids’ section create a cozy spot for reading at this fun shop.

The Concord Bookshop :: Concord

Pick up a book at this downtown Concord spot and head to Walden Pond for some quiet reading time.

Whitelam Books :: Reading

Visit this shop for story/song time and knitting meet-ups in addition to author events.

Rachel Wilson
Rachel is a native of the West Coast and didn't know that her straight hair could frizz until she made the move East! After earning a Master of Environmental Management from Yale, she moved to Boston for a job opportunity and, on her first Saturday night in the city, met the man who would become her husband. They married in 2012 and are learning more every day about how to be parents to daughters Annabel (2013) and Eleanor (2016). Rachel and her family recently relocated from Charlestown to the Metrowest suburbs and are enjoying their yard, but dislike shoveling snow from their driveway. Rachel currently works as an energy and environmental consultant, and wore Birkenstocks before they were trendy. Likes: her family, her in-laws, cooking ambitious meals and leaving the dishes for someone else, hiking, running, yoga, climbing mountains, reading books, farmers' markets and her CSA, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, the sound of her daughters' laughter, and coffee Dislikes: running out of milk, New England winters, diaper rash, wastefulness, cell phones at the dinner table