Children’s book author Ame Dyckman at Word. (Photo: Word’s Instagram)

We’ve lost too many local bookshops of late (RIP St. Mark’s Bookshop, Bookcourt, etc.) but at the same time others have expanded: Williamsburg’s Spoonbill & Sugartown opened a Bushwick outpost and Soho’s McNally Jackson recently opened a West 8th Street location of its Goods For the Study offshoot. On its tenth anniversary, its good to see Greenpoint’s Word in that latter category.

The Franklin Street bookshop announced an expansion today: “Coming this spring we’ll be introducing WORD KIDS, a store two doors down from our existing Brooklyn location dedicated solely to kids’ books, toys, crafts, clothing, storytimes and other events, and lots of fun for Greenpoint’s youth.”

Word isn’t just that place where you go to pick up the newest Knausgård novel (and promptly put it down because you realize it’s too damn heavy and, let’s face it, you’re never going to read this.) It also has a super strong children’s program, and hosts regular youth readings and even kids birthdays in its Greenpoint and Jersey City stores. Even its latte art is kid-friendly.

The kids annex will be spitting distance to Flying Squirrel, making this neck of Greenpoint quite the destination for moms and pops.