JP Junior Everlasting Books

JP Junior bookshop_2

The western Melbourne suburb of Yarraville is practically flooded with young families, filled to the brim with babies, toddlers, youngsters of all ages. Perfect setting then for several top notch dedicated children’s bookshops.

JP Junior bookshop sign

JP Junior bookshop sign

JP Junior Everlasting Books is an offshoot of JP Books an education bookseller and stockist catering to several independent schools around Melbourne. The Yarraville shop is run by Dharma as an adjunct to the main business, and a personal passion of her own; as she says, ‘The shop is filled with all the books that I loved growing up with.’ In fact, Dharma is Melbourne bookshop royalty, being the daughter of one of the original owners of Readings .

Larking about with JP Junior mural.

Jp Junior mural

The JP Junior store is located on Somerville Road, Yarraville, unmistakable with its outside wall festooned with a very cute mural. (Of which my young bookshop tester enjoyed posing and larking about with!)

JP Junior bookshop back room.

JP Junior kid friendly back activity room

Inside the store there is plenty of space, absolutely necessary for the large gatherings of young families—a weekly cyclonic pram city—assembling there every Thursday at 11am for Dharma’s entertaining book reading. In fact, at the back of the store is a dedicated workspace for all the busy and creative toddlers doing colouring-in and such like, or just chilling out with their favourite picture book.

The store’s collection of both illustrated and AYA (Adolescent/Young Adult) books are impressive to say the least. Every favourite author and illustrator is practically covered along the showcase display, or in easy to find slipcases (Anthony Browne, Maurice Sendak, Pamela Allen).

JP Junior bookshop

JP Junior bookshop display_1

JP Junior is a fantastic bookshop and a wonderful addition to the local community. Get on down there, and enjoy chatting with someone as knowledgeable and passionate about children’s books as Dharma. A must for all fans of children’s books, young or old.

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JP Junior bookshop display_2

Inside Younger Sun bookshop

Book display inside the Younger Sun

The Younger Sun (cute pun!) is an offshoot of Yarraville Village’s very successful and well-loved independent store, the Sun Bookshop, which is located adjacent to the historic Sun Theatre. The Younger Sun grew too large for the adult shop, and stepped across the road to a cosy space just about right for the intended reading age.

Inside it is fabulously well stocked with the latest and best of children’s literature and AYA books, puzzles, stuffed characters from picture books, plus it’s staffed by incredibly helpful and informative booksellers. It hosts a monthly teen book club—in May showcasing Suzanne Collins‘ worldwide bestseller The Hunger Games— and is well attended by local and avid fans of quality AYA literature.

The store’s only drawback may be the very tight space inside, but only when it is busy with multiple shoppers at the same time. But generally, the shop is a fantastic space for finding that special book or something for the right niece or nephew, or indeed your youngest son. Highly recommended.

Let us know with your comments, what your favourite children’s bookshops are around Melbourne.

2 Responses to “JP Junior Everlasting Books”
  1. Keziah Reed says:

    Dropped by the other day it’s on 238 somerville Rd Kingsville – childhood flashbacks left right and centre – was able to source my childhood favourite ‘Dogger’ – Dharma was so friendly – and LOVES her books! 9314 6767 if you want to find your book!

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