Lighthouse Radical Bookshop Children's Books

{Edinburgh} Lighthouse Radical Bookshop

Time to share another one of my favourite independent bookshops in Edinburgh with you. Much like Tills, the fabulous Lighthouse Radical Bookshop is another bookshop that I have been frequenting since my Edinburgh student days when it was known as the Word Power bookshop. Lighthouse is a queer-owned and woman led independent community bookshop, and describes itself as an “unapologetically activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, lgbtq+ community space”.

Lighthouse Radical Bookshop

If you are looking to bring more diversity to your bookshelves, then Lighthouse is the place to go. While they are particularly passionate about “radical, left-wing and Scottish politics, intersectional feminism, revolutionary history, environmentalism, LGBT+ writing, poetry and translated fiction”, they carry books from across most genres, including a decently stocked children’s section with books sorted by themes such as inspiring people, family and community, being yourself, and more!

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Lighthouse Radical Bookshop Children's Books

One particularly nice feature, is their Pay it Forward scheme – basically, readers who can afford a little extra put money in a pot for those readers who might struggle to buy books. You can just give a general donation, or be more specific. If the giver leaves a note, it gets put on the PIF board in the shop as a token. When I last visited, the tokens on the board included specific things like “£5 for a children’s book” or “£4 for any book on Palestine”, as well as more general tokens such as “£5 towards any book that helps you realise your potential” or “£3 for someone who really needs a good read”. Such a beautiful idea! You can read more about it on the Lighthouse website.

Lighthouse Radical Bookshop Pay it Forward Board

How to get there

Lighthouse is located at 43- 45 West Nicolson Street. There are various Lothian buses that stop nearby, with the closest bust stop being in Chapel Street and Nicolson Street.

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