Your adventure in reading starts here, where curiosity and creativity collide to create magical reading adventures! Books are medicine! We are working with local primary schools to enable children to choose their own book medicine. Join us as we embark on a journey through captivating stories, unlock the doors to infinite worlds, and spark the flames of imagination.


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Step inside, fellow book enthusiasts, and together, let’s celebrate the joy of discovering new tales, timeless classics, and the enchanting power of words.

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Currently Reading

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

By Andy Shepherd

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2019: The first book in a sparky and utterly enchanting new series.
When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit back into the house – and gets the delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker – quickly. And then something extraordinary happens – more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons!

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The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

Drop by the shop!

We invite you to order online or swing by our enchanting Hay-on-Wye shop, The Literature Laboratory, where a treasure trove of delightful stories awaits you.

As well as innovative fresh children's titles, we also specialise in wellbeing and parenting books.  We stock a unique range of eco sustainable wellbeing goods such as QiEco yoga mats, travel wash kits as well as exciting jewellery crafted in Snowdonia from foraged treasure.  Come and discover our exciting wellbeing range of gifts.

Our shop is just across from the Butter Market in Hay-on-Wye. Come see us and unleash your inner explorer as you navigate through our whimsical world of books, and don't be surprised if you find yourself lost in the pages of a newfound favorite. So, come on in, make some new friends (both on and off the pages), and let the magic of reading fill your heart and mind!  We have toys and outdoor activities for children of all ages to educate, inspire and entertain.

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The Literature Laboratory
4 Market Street