When Jill Breneman opened G.Willikers! Toy Shop in 1978, she brought with her a love of children's literature and years of working in an elementary school library. She wanted to share her passion, and from the very start offered classic tales and new exciting children's stories. Today, Jill and her daughter Jody work together to find great books for children and families.
G.Willikers! offers books for children of all ages and stages: from board books, pop-ups, touch and feel, and cloth books to picture books, early readers and chapter books. Our shelves are filled with stories to tell!
We carry all of the familiar big publishers like Dover Books, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, Random House and Usborne to name a few, as well as many of the smaller publishers too. We offer books by well known authors and illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Robert Mcloskey, Barbara Cooney, Patricia Pollaco and Tomie Depaola.
We're also fortunate to have many wonderful children's authors and illustrators who live right here on the Seacoast like David McPhail, Matt Tavares, Tracy Kane and Jane Cowen-Fletcher. We love books about New England and by New England authors and illustrators!
We also feature books of poetry, folk and fairy tales, and classics that stand the test of time. You'll find language books, art and activity books, and books for many of your favorite subjects like science, space, dinosaurs, princesses, fairies, knights, dragons and more! And check out our wonderful collection of audio books, featuring tales from Barefoot Books, Jim Weiss, and Oddz Bodkin.
We also have a wonderful collection of books to celebrate the whole family: books for new moms and dads, big brothers and sisters, and grand parents too! We have a growing selection of books for adoptive families and journals to welcome and commemorate new arrivals.
G.Willikers! Toy Shop hosts several author/illustrator visits and book signings each year. Our customers love to meet the people who have created their favorite stories! And you'll often find signed copies on our our shelves. Check out our events calendar for upcoming events with the people who created your favorite books!