5 beautiful libraries for children in Beijing

Curl up with the kids and your book of choice at one of these beautiful children's libraries around Beijing

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We all know that cultivating a love for reading in our children is important, regardless of the medium. But reading is more than just picking up a piece of literature and taking in the text. The environment you're reading in, from the types of seating to the ambiance of the space, can play a big factor in inspiring the kids and setting their imagination ablaze. With that in mind, here are 5 of the most beautiful family-friendly libraries around town to check out with the kids.

Chaoyang district

Ready Reading Library 阅读奇缘亲子读书馆

Ideal for kids under 12, Ready Reading Library is China's first private children's library. This book nook is known for its extensive selection of children's books, its relaxing environment and its floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests a sprawling view of the embassy area from fifteen floors up. Designed with Japanese aesthetics in mind, the children's library uses wooden interior and large, round windows which let in a lot of natural light that helps brighten up the indoor space. And when the kids tire of reading, check out the relaxing outdoor patio where kids can bike around while parents sip a coffee or two in peace. Click here for more photos.

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Guanghua Lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Poplar Kids Republic Picture Bookstore 蒲蒲兰绘本

This children's bookshop offers a wide selection of picture books for young children ages 0-12 for sale or to borrow and read in their comfy spaces. The bookshop was also featured on an American website called Flavorwire in 2013 as one of its top 20 libraries in the world, which is understandable based on how conducive to reading the bookshop's set-up is.
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39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Haidian

Mohezi Hui Benguan 墨盒子绘本书馆

Mohezi is both a bookshop and a children's library in Haidian. It’s quite austere in its white space with accent colours of green. The library features a variety of picture books from around the world to introduce local children to different cultures and story styles. Books are in Chinese, in English and some bilingual. Mohezi also holds occasional film screenings for both children and adults, story-reading sessions and small exhibitions.
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288 Chengfu Lu

Daxing

Picture Book Fairyland 绘本乐园

Yizhuang's largest children's library was specially created to help promote reading and art amongst Yizhuang children. The picture-book centre is made by the Shengtong Printing Factory and their collections are regularly updated with new books.
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18 Jinghai Sanlu, Yizhuang Dongqu (Daxing)

Huairou

Liyuan Bookhouse 篱苑书屋

China's most beautiful library is an elegant lakeside attraction located on the outskirts of Beijing. It is located within a mountainous area, boasting a gorgeous view amidst a relaxing environment. The walls of the library are made of wood from more than 10 kinds of local trees to allow guests to feel a closer connection with the books and to nature.

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Zhihui gu, Jiaojie hecun, Yanqi Zhen

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