Small Bookstores of Wisconsin

If you’re like me and want to shop locally whenever possible, you are always on the lookout for new places to search for books. Wisconsin has some wonderful small business bookstores for both new and used books if you know where to look. I’ve compiled my personal favorite bookstores from the Milwaukee and Sheboygan areas for all of your literary needs.
Downtown Books
Downtown Books is located on North Broadway Street in Milwaukee, within walking distance of the Milwaukee Public Market. This cute bookstore has a vibrant yellow exterior and when you enter you instantly feel at home. This location has been open for 32 years now, so they know their stuff and have a friendly staff eager to help you find exactly what you need or introduce you to something completely new. If you cannot make it to Downtown Books, they have online storefronts on eBay and Amazon. They carry everything from books and magazines to comics and videos.
Little Red Book Inc
Little Red Book Inc is located on West State Street in the Milwaukee area. This bookstore really focuses on the local community. They allow local events and gatherings to bring people together and share their passions for the arts. There are a handful of nearby coffee shops to get that perfect pairing of a hot cup of joe and a good book. Little Red Book Inc offers best sellers, hot titles, and books from the local area. If you’re looking for a gift for a special person who loves to read this is the best place to shop.
Book Heads
Book Heads is located on East Mill Street in Plymouth. While you are in the area take a look at the surrounding buildings and you will see hand-painted murals showcasing the history of downtown Plymouth. This is the perfect location for anyone with young children. They give you a wide selection of early reading for every young age. They have a monthly showcase of books relating to that month’s holiday, paired perfectly with the charming and playful interior. You can also find more mature books to browse while your little ones have fun finding their new favorite bedtime story.
Boswell Book Company
This shop is located on North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee. Their chill atmosphere provides a wonderful venue where they hold book launch events for up-and-coming authors. Boswell Book Company has bargain books for adults and children, giving you an affordable way to add to your collection at home. You can sign up to get emails on all preorder books and events so you don’t miss out. Much like big box stores, Boswell has more than just books. You can find gifts, toys, calendars, puzzles, and more! Each employee has put together a huge list of recommended books, so if you are ready to jump into a new adventure, they’re there to guide you.
WordHaven BookHouse
WordHaven BookHouse is located on North 8th Street in Sheboygan, within walking distance of the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum which is both fun and educational. They sell new and used books and have a workshop safe space for writers to connect and learn from each other. This fun bookstore loves celebrating the art of literature and creativity. While you are there you can grab a book, a new candle, and maybe another sticker to add to the collection. They offer classes and workshops focusing on different writing styles. You can sign up based on your own needs and take your craft to the next level.