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Beautiful Books by Baobab

Published on July 17th, 2014 in Shopping

  • Baobab books (photo courtesy of Baobab)

  • Card on display (photo courtesy of Baobab)

  • Baobab book shelf (photo courtesy of Baobab)

  • Baobab book shelf (photo courtesy of Baobab)

  • Baobab on Krymská (photo courtesy of Baobab)

  • Many books to choose from (photo courtesy of Baobab)

 

Baobab (est. 2000) is an independent Czech publisher of original and foreign titles in translation that specializes in picture books for children and adults like me who can’t get enough of this kind of thing. Their enchanting bookshop in Vršovice, Prague’s answer to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is worth the jaunt from the center for its trendy Krymská Street location alone. Highlights include Miroslav Šašek’s 1960s “This Is...” series of travel books for kids—notable because while many of us grew up reading this author I’m not so sure everyone realizes that he’s Czech—and my own personal favorite 12 Hours with Oscar by Eva Maceková (to read more on this delightful book see our post on 5 Visually Stunning Czech Books. Truthfully, most of the books here are in Czech with just a small selection of English-language titles. But many of them are visual which is ideal for pre-readers and the very young. The shop also stocks an array of merchandise from local talent: posters, prints, tote bags, children’s t-shirts, soft toys, and games—memory cards with the Czech alphabet caught my eye on the day I visited. If you’re anything like me you won’t be able to leave without purchasing a book or three for the little reader in your life although, I must confess, I started buying Baobab books long before I became a mom. I find their graphic design consistently fabulous and extremely original!

 

Baobab

Krymská 29, Prague 10, Vršovice
www.baobab-books.net/en
tel +420 739 261 917
hours Mon–Fri 11:00–19:00; Sat 11:00–15:00
tram 4, 22 Krymská

 

Prices range from 59 CZK–599 CZK

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