The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop is a much loved Auckland institution and currently the only specialist children's bookshop in the city. Dorothy Butler, a well known NZ children's writer and literacy expert, established the shop in her home in 1964. When the business outgrew her living room it moved to Glenfield and then in the 1980s shifted to its current site in Ponsonby. Dorothy sold the shop in 1990 but remained interested in it until her death at the age of 90 in 2015.

In September 2015 the shop was bought by us, sisters Mary and Helen Wadsworth. Reading and books have been a big part of our lives and we are excited to be part of the great community of people that encourage children and young people to read.

We want our shop to be a place of delight for anyone who enters. We hope you feel welcome and comfortable and when you come to browse or buy. We and our book-loving staff are very happy to help you find the right book or gift for your child. If it's not in stock, we will attempt to hunt it down for you. We are happy to post items nationwide and world-wide.

As well as a wide range of great quality books we also stock puzzles, games and toys so we are a great place to come for gifts.

We also work with schools to promote books and reading. We can run bookfairs for schools in Auckland and we are happy to help teachers and librarians find great books to stock their classrooms and libraries.

Our people:

Mary: If dishes needed doing when we were growing up, Mary was often to be found hidden in some remote corner of the house reading a book. Nowdays she's the financial and technical guru of the team but she'd still rahter be reading.


Kathleen loves books and has perfected the art of walking to the bus stop while reading. She homeschools her three grandchildren and has previously taught English language and literacy. 

Jess has many years of experience in the booktrade and has worked at Dorothy Butler's since. The mother of three young children, she's an expert on which books keep kids happy.

Bernice: Bubbly Bernice has also been at Dorothy Butler part time for many years. She devours YA (teen) fiction and has a wide knowledge of books for kids of all ages.

Zenobia is a talented writer and artist as well as being a qualified teacher - all of her skills come in handy in the bookshop.