Welcome to The Toadstool Bookshops of southwestern New Hampshire, the Monadnock Region's Most Fascinating Bookstores

We are so very grateful!

         You persevered – you bought books from us online, you picked up curbside, you bought gift certificates, and you browsed and bought in store. You proved that books matter and, despite all, purchased nearly as many in 2020 as you did in 2019. Because of you our stores are strong and the outlook for 2021 looks bright.

Thank you!

Our three stores are open to conscientious shoppers. We follow the guidelines requiring masks, hand sanitizers, and social distancing.  And we continue to offer curbside pick up.

We are very honored to receive this award from the NH Retailers Association. 2020 was probably the most challenging year we faced in the over 48 years we have been selling books here in the Monadnock region. With the help, patience, and enthusiasm of our staff we adapted and learned new ways to reach and connect with the readers in our area and in fact also received a wonderful and supportive response through our website from many who were familiar with our stores but no longer lived locally. We are very grateful to the NH Retailers Association for the energy, support, and information they provided to keep us up to date on the effects Covid was having on the retail environment and on the precautions and regulations we needed to navigate to remain in business. More than ever we have come to realize the benefits that can be obtained by memberships in associations such as this and the regional and national bookseller associations to which we also belong. 

Looking for gift ideas or reading suggestions? Check out the links on this website to Indie Picks for adults and for kids, our new arrivals page, staff picks,  and review the books discussed in past events.

Thank you for your support!




We are now open to conscientious shoppers!

You must be wearing a mask, we are.

Hand sanitizer is available right inside for your use.

Please be thoughtful about maintaining proper distancing.

 In case you missed any of our Zoom events please click on the Menu link above for Event Recordings .             

  We are happy to help with any questions you have. Email is a great way to be in touch with us. 

email Keene books@ktoad.com 

email Peterborough books@ptoad.com

email Nashua books@mtoad.com

     Did you know we have moved our Milford store to the Somerset Plaza, 375 Amherst St, Rte 101 A in Nashua?  It's just 15 minutes down 101A in a larger space right next to Market Basket!  We have room for more books and the space to better display them. We invite you to come take a look and hope you will discover many new and fascinating books.  We can't wait to show you around. 

     We opened the store in Milford in the late spring of 1989 and have seen a generation of readers grow up. We are very grateful for all the support you have given us over the years and can only hope you will enjoy visiting us in the new location.     

  Now available EBOOKS from KOBO.

      Kobo offers a huge variety of ebooks and many are at discounted prices. Their E-books are compatible with most E-readers including their own Kobo, the Nook, Ipads, and Android devices. But not the Kindle. Please check out the new KOBO link to your right. As an affiliate we will benefit financially in a small way if you go through our link and set up your account after having linked from us. Your future purchases through that account, whether originating here or direct to Kobo will generate a little revenue for us. This will be most helpful as we continue to maintain the "bricks and mortar" stores filled with real books which we hope you enjoy. Thank you! 

Set up your Kobo account now


Use this website to find out about the world of books available to you through our stores or online. We have thousands and thousands of titles in stock in our stores waiting for you to peruse. This website will show the new books that are on our shelves now. Be sure to click on the title to see which store has it. We also carry many thousands of used books. These do not show up on our website. Call or email if you are curious about a title.

You can order from this website and have books shipped directly to you, or you can order and request "store pickup" at the store most convenient to you. We'll let you know when your order is ready to be picked up.

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