Welcome to The Alligator's Mouth Children's Bookshop

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Current Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm
Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 11am-4pm

Customer Guidelines

  • Wait at the door on arrival and staff will admit an appropriate number of customers at one time

  • The wearing of facial covering is required

  • Please observe social distancing according to government guidelines

  • When you arrive, please wash your hands with the sanitiser provided

  • We encourage keeping the handling of books to a minimum

  • If you need to know more about a book or would like some recommendations, you are welcome to ask us

  • Please keep an eye on younger children

Safety Precautions

  • Hand sanitiser is accessible throughout the shop

  • A perspex screen has been installed at the till point

  • Staff members are wearing masks

  • Staff cleaning and sanitising regimes have been increased


Local Delivery, Postal Delivery and Collection
  If you live in or near Richmond, we’re still offering hand delivery. Customers who are local to the shop are welcome to check whether we have the book they need in stock and (for as long as possible) members of staff who live nearby will do their best to hand deliver books.

If you're not local, we can order books to you direct from our suppliers. Shop online for thousands of available titles. Not everything is listed on our website, so if you can't find a book using the search bar, use the request submission form or drop us an email/call. We will create and send you a link to purchase your book(s) via our website and send them direct from our suppliers. Most orders have been arriving in roughly 2-5 working days.


Paper Bag Colouring Competition

Enter with a paper bag or printable PDF colouring sheet below

This Halloween, take part in our colouring competition! Colour in an Alligator's Mouth paper bag with a spooky or magical theme. Feel free to colour/draw outside the lines or whatever inspires you! Bring it in by 8th Nov, the earlier the better as it would be nice to have some in time for Halloween. We'll pick three winners who will each receive a book bag with books specially tailored to their preferences.

All entered bags returned to the shop will be hung from the ceiling in a spooky magical display.

For anyone who can't make it to the shop and who doesn't have an AM paper bag handy, you can still take part! Simply:

  1. Click the image below to download an A4 PDF of the bag design that can be printed and coloured in.

  2. To return to us, either scan (no photos of sheets please) and email to info@thealligatorsmouth.co.uk or post to 2a Church Court, Richmond, TW9 1JL. Don't forget to add contact details to be entered into the competition (we will not use these details for any other purpose).

Colouring sheets will be displayed on a wall or around the shop.

click to download...


Alligator drawing by Chris Riddell

Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm
Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 11am-4pm

The Alligator's Mouth

2a Church Court, Richmond TW9 1JL

Email: info@thealligatorsmouth.co.uk Tel: 020 8948 6775

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