6 best independent bookshops in Birmingham: second-hand and new bookstores to visit on World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022 is here, but where are the best bookshops to visit in Birmingham?

World Book Day is a day to celebrate your favourite works, from fiction to non-fiction and all across the genres.

This year is the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, so what better way to mark the special day than with a trip to one of the great book shops located across Birmingham.

The Bookshop on the Green

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    The Bookshop on the Green in Bournville

    Nestled in the heart of Bournville, this bookshop is a staple of the community.

    Located in the Bournville hub, the shop is filled with exciting stories just waiting to be discovered.

    With books from all walks of life, there will be something for everyone in this idyllic spot of Birmingham.

    If you can’t make it to the shop but still want to support this local business, check out the Bookshop on the Green’s official website.

    Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday - 9am to 4pm.

    Address:  Bournville Hub, Birmingham B30 2AA

    Tornado books & hobbies

    Tornado Books & Hobbies

    This city centre shop is the ideal place for a bookworm or a keen model maker.

    An independent specialist rail, road, air, maritime transport and military books as well as operating as a model shop, Tornado Books & Hobbies is a niche and interesting place to visit this World Book Day.

    Some of the genres available include military history, aviation and how to make model guides.

    To check out their online shop, visit the Tornado Books & Hobbies website  

    The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

    68-70 Dalton Street, Birmingham. B4 7LX


    Mybookbasket on Potters Lane

    The Potters Lane bookshop specialises in diverse and cultural books for people of all ages.

    From early readers to adults, all kinds of genres and interests are covered in the shop.

    The shop believes that everyone, regardless of cultural background, will find something to fall in love with at the store.

    Mybookbasket is open 12.30pm to 5pm on Mondays, 11am-5pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and closed on Sundays.

    For more information on what the shop has to offer, visit the MyBookbasket website 

    Address: The Drum, Legacy centre, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham B6 4UU

    Ikon Bookshop

    The interior of the Ikon shop (Photo from Ikon)

    Located at the multimedia gallery near to the Sea Life Centre, the bookshop in Ikon has a wide selection of art theory and cultural books.

    It’s books and other products are designed to celebrate creativity. You might even find your inspiration within the pages of one of these books.

    The shop is open 11am to 5pm everyday apart from Mondays.

    To browse the collection of books online, visit the Ikon website  

    Address: 1 Oozells St, Brindley Pl, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

    Books Revisited

    Books Revisited

    This second hand book shop has been described as a “gem” of a place in one of its many positive Google reviews.

    Located in Coleshill, the shop is run by the Mary Ann Evans Hospice Trust, but it is so much more than that according to it’s Facebook page.

    To add to the World Book Day fun, the shop will be holding a competition for the best World Book Day themed fancy dress costume.

    Simply send in your entry to the shop and a first, second and third place prize will be announced on 7 March.

    Address: 110 High St, Coleshill, Birmingham B46 3BL


    Peter’s in Birmingham

    Birmingham based business ‘Peter’s’ specialises in books for school.

    From guides on how to study for exams, to fiction and non fiction texts which appear on school curriculums, Peter’s is an ideal spot for learning.

    Featured books include ‘Marmalade the Orange Panda’ by comedian David Walliams and ‘Breakfast Club Adventures’ written by footballer Marcus Rashford.

    To check out the full range of books, visit Peter’s website.

    Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm

    Address: 120 Bromsgrove St, Birmingham B5 6RJ

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