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Kingsley & Co is a project of Ykids children's charity. We aim to inspire children to exceed expectations and explore their imaginations through becoming engaged in literacy.


The shop is named after Mary Kingsley, a Victorian explorer, who defied the odds to travel the world and write all about what she had discovered.

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We received lots of outstanding entries for our story competition! 


Congratulations to all of our winners!

Each winning story will now be published and a new book launched at Bootle Children's Literary Festival 2023

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Opening Hours

Usual Opening Hours

Kingsley&Co Opening times

The Palatine, Lower Mall, Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SW

Shop: 0151 345 5670

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
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Customer Reviews

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We loved the secret doors, the brilliant books, the treasures all around and the cakes.

Thomas aged 7

and James aged 3

Simply boss! One of a kind-shop, just what Bootle needs, life and culture!

P.s Staff are brilliant and so interactive. Love and respect.

Peter, Bootle Local

Best shop EVER. Brilliant books, magical and fun. This is better than any book shop. I would recommend this for anyone who is inspired by books. Thank you for inspiring more people.

Jessica, Age 9

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