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Where Learning Meets Imagination - It's a Magical Place Called Storybook Village!

If you've never visited Storybook Village in Pentwater, Michigan, a real adventure is awaiting your arrival. More than a bookstore, Storybook Village is an imagination destination where children are encouraged to play, explore and let their imaginations expand. From one corner to another, children are welcome to be a pirate, a princess or take care of the little animals who need a little loving. 

With owner/operator Barbara's knowledge of childhood learning, and her husband Tom's architectural flair for bringing the store to life, Storybook Village truly is a destination experience. The architectural features in the store were inspired from centennial landmarks in Pentwater and showcase perfectly all of the award winning books, puppets, musical instruments and interactive toys that engage children of all ages in imaginative play. 


Starlight Theatre, added in 2013, delights hundreds of kids every year with interactive puppet shows, art and storytelling workshops, author visits, as well as school field trips and birthday parties.


This vision has been recognized and honored by teachers as one of the top 14 children's bookstores in the United States. Since being discovered by people outside of Pentwater, parents, grandparents, educators and children come to Pentwater just to take in Storybook Village.

Every day is a special day at Storybook Village. Check out all of our in-store events and upcoming activities and plan your trip to Storybook Village! ​Can't make it to our special little store? Not to worry! We have curated our most special educational toys and books which are available to purchase in our online store. Click here to start shopping now! 

Pirate ship and puppets


Children are meant to explore the world they live in.

Barbara Sims, owner and operator of Storybook Village, is a former teacher and administrator of early learning services and remains active in local, state and national advocacy initiatives on behalf of children and families.

Barbara has a passion for early childhood education and believes wholeheartedly in learning through play, imagination and story telling. This belief system can be seen throughout the Storybook Village bookstore. Children are encouraged to play and explore throughout the store and afternoon puppet shows in Starlight Theater are a regular occurrence. 

Barbara encourages families to bring stories to life through the use of puppets. The use of puppets allows the story's characters to jump off the pages and become real! This creates an immersive imaginary experience for the child that is second to none. Click here to see our "Step Inside a Story" collections. 

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