The Little Bookroom opened its doors to the public on Friday the 13th October, 1960, the first bookstore in Australia to stock only children's books. It has been a Melbourne institution ever since!
The shop is named for a collection of stories by Eleanor Farjeon who wrote:
"I am proud and happy to know you've chosen the title of my book for the title of your Bookshop in the City my Father first set foot in the 1850s when he emigrated to Australia as a boy of 16. The stories he told me of his arrival in Melbourne have always made it seem to be one of 'my' cities. Thank you for giving me a home in it"
Edward Ardizzone illustrated 'The Little Bookroom' and provided us with an original ink illustration for our logo, a treasure indeed.
The Little Bookroom is now located at 759 Nicholson St, Carlton North replete with original shelves, and has a city outpost at 5 Degraves St, Melbourne. Read about the timing of our city shop's opening in The Age here.
Here is a lovely video that was made about Degraves Street; featuring our very own Degraves Street shop: