We believe there is a book out there for every child!
Reading is how you discover your worldZana Fraillon, The Ones that Disappeared
The Book Nook is an award winning independent children’s bookshop in Hove, East Sussex with a breadth of knowledge regarding children’s books.
We stock an amazing range of inspirational, inclusive and quality children’s books for all ages which we sell to schools and families across the world.
With our child-friendly café, regular story times, amazing author events and a pirate ship to play in, we’re the perfect place to visit. Come and see for yourselves!
Voted Children’s Bookseller of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2018 at The Bookseller Industry Awards, The Book Nook was established in 2009 by Julie Ward and Vanessa Lewis, who are both passionate about reading.
With knowledgeable staff who have a passion for promoting books and reading, The Book Nook runs frequent special events (see our latest events) throughout the year including;
- Author/Illustrator visits that have included Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell, Julia Donaldson, Anthony Browne, Lauren Child and Liz Pichon, David Walliams, Nick Sharratt, Robert Muchamore, Emily Gravett, Guy Parker-Rees, Cressida Cowell, Steven Lenton, Steven Butler and lots more…
- Book and Character days that have included The Gruffalo, Horrid Henry, Hugless Douglas, Spot the Dog, Pirates and Princesses and many more
- Book Launches, Poetry, Book Review Competitions, Face Painting and The Book Nook Book Trail
- Regular story time and craft sessions
We are the bookseller for the Brighton Dome and Festival, Southern School Book Awards and the Amazing Book Awards. We also work closely with schools and theatres in the area regarding author events, book fairs, libraries and anything bookish. We just love books!
Meet the team
Vanessa is a passionate reader and an ex-English and Drama Secondary School Teacher. Her ambition is to get the best books into the hands of all children! She is the Chair of the BA Children’s Bookselling Group, a member of the Children’s Laureate steering group and has also been on a number of judging panels. She specialises in libraries, book corners and topic books.
The youngest member of the team, born in 2012, crazy about books and can often be seen sitting on the reading chair with her favourite book of the moment. Her current favourites are anything by Pamela Butchart and the Dolphin Island series by Jenny Oldfield. Although “number four is a little bit scary!”
Julie’s background is in publishing and marketing. She is passionate about spreading the love of reading and loves dystopian fiction and books that make her laugh. She specialises in organising author events and can often be seen engaging and inspiring children at one of our very popular Book Fairs.
Naomi has a BA in English Literature and has the most amazing knowledge of books. She specialises in topic books, book corners and ‘finding that next book’ to read! Naomi enjoys reading middle grade adventures and loves running The Book Nook Book Clubs. She has a love of jumpers and dungarees and makes an excellent cup of tea.
The newest member of the team, Carmen runs our website and social media. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and loves reading YA and middle grade books. Never knowingly without a jumper and caffeine to hand.
The Little Nook Cafe
The Little Nook Cafe is the perfect place to come and relax with your children, meet friends and family and enjoy yourself whilst buying books or after an event. The cafe has a pirate ship full of books for children to play with as well as large changing facilities (even a double buggy can fit in it!). We also have colourful seating outside for those sunny days!
Amazing homemade cakes, including triple chocolate brownies and vegan flapjacks.
Delicious caffeinated and de-caffeinated coffee from Drury, a range of teas to suit all tastes and hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream! We also have a refreshing range of cold drinks.
Feeling peckish? Try one of our freshly made paninis.
For the children we offer milkshakes, smoothies, Nookacinos, mini hot chocolates and juice. Try our fun lunchboxes or choose from our range of snacks including Bear Paws and yo-yos.
What our customers say
We are constantly reminded by friends how lucky we are to have the Book Nook on our doorstep. It’s much more than just a great shop and cafe, it’s a place where our son can play, imagine and be encouraged to read. The Book Nook has helped create a community of young book lovers, it is also a great resource for, and supporter of, local schools.Marina Norris
We are SO lucky to have the wonderful Book Nook in Brighton. Julie and Vanessa work tirelessly to promote children’s literature in all kinds of exciting ways. From their fabulous shop to the many links they have built up in the local community and schools. I’ve had the pleasure of doing lots of fun events with them over the last few years and look forward to doing more in the future. The Book Nook is a GEM!Author review by the amazing award winning author Liz Pichon, author of Tom Gates
The staff have got to know my children so well they even order new books in anticipation of their preferences and tastes in reading and they always get it right! They have encouraged my children to try new authors and new genres.Customer
My children are dyslexic and The Book Nook is their favourite shopCustomer
Watch us in action
Watch our emotional and funny interview with @jenvcampbell after winning Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards here.