WHERE READERS GROW AND COMMUNITY BLOSSOMS!
The Story Garden is a locally owned independent children’s bookstore. Owner, Megan Kotsko, is a former teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, and most currently bookstore owner. Her passion for children’s literature has taken on its physical form in the transformation of an old run-down shop, into a children’s bookstore. After watching You’ve Got Mail years ago, Megan fell in love with the dream of one day running a children’s bookstore like The Shop Around the Corner - one that puts children’s interests and their innate gravitation towards immersing themselves into the world of story first; a store that was established for and fueled by the love of books for the youngest of readers. Who knew, years later, an old storefront just down the street from her home, would become the place in which that dream could become a reality? When the right time and opportunity presented itself, and with her husband Jason’s full support and constant encouragement, The Story Garden was born. We’ll open our doors in early 2024!
The mission of The Story Garden is to provide the community of St. Petersburg with a dedicated place to discover a specially curated selection of children’s books and to promote children’s love for reading with an understanding of how reading can change their lives. We want all children who enter our shop to find books to read in which they see a reflection of themselves, their interests, and their passions.
Our vision is to be known in St. Petersburg as the local experts on children’s books. We want to be the place parents choose to take their children to experience the exciting and magical feeling browsing for and buying books together creates. We aspire to be the place children beg their parents to go to to find their next favorite book and to share stories with other children.
What we offer
BOOKS FOR ALL AGES
Babies, Toddlers, Early Readers, Middle Grades, Young Adults & Parents
QUALITY GAMES, TOYS, CARDS & READING ACCESSORIES
CHILD & CAREGIVER STORY & PLAY CLASSES
BOOK CLUBS FOR KIDS
SHOP FOR BOOKS
While we build out our brick-and-mortar location, you can support us by buying your books from our shop on Bookshop.org. Haven’t heard of Bookshop? They’re incredible in supporting independent bookstores like us. Bookshop is connecting readers and independent booksellers worldwide. They are committed to helping local bookstores thrive, giving us a platform to compete online and financial support to keep bookstore doors open!