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Best Children’s Bookstores In Los Angeles

April 30, 2013 6:00 AM

(credit: Vroman's Bookstore)

(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore)

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)

The big box bookstores are great, but they don’t always have the charm and magic of a shop specializing in children’s literature. If you’re up for discovering some new and old favorites to share with your munchkins, here’s a list of the best children’s bookstores in Los Angeles.

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)

Once Upon A Time Bookstore

2207 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA 91020
(818) 248-9668

Once Upon A Time Bookstore was established in 1966. Now a highly regarded neighborhood indie bookstore, Once Upon A Time Bookstore has the best selection of quality children’s literature, from toddlers to young adult titles.

(credit: Books And Cookies)

(credit: Books And Cookies)

Books And Cookies

2230 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 362-3103

Books and Cookies is an innovative bookstore, kids cafe and event space all wrapped into one. The kid-friendly bookstore offers a wide selection of must-read books and interactive learning stations. The kid’s café offers healthy snack options and cookies and the event space hosts a daily schedule of classes and activities for families.

(credit: Storyopolis)

(credit: Storyopolis)


16740 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 990-7600

A beloved independent neighborhood children’s bookstore, Storyopolis is a unique art gallery and bookstore in one that highlights the best in storybook illustration and editorial art. Storyopolis is also highly well known for their custom book gift baskets.

(credit: Children's Book World)

(credit: Children’s Book World)

Children’s Book World

10580 1/2 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-Book

Children’s Book World was founded in 1986 and has quickly become a full-service bookstore which carries more than 80,000 book titles. Every Saturday morning, Children’s Book World hosts Saturday morning stories with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.

(credit: Vroman's Bookstore)

(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore)

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Founded on Nov. 14, 1894, Vroman’s Bookstore is the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California. Although not a specifically a children’s bookstore, Vroman’s carries over 85,000 titles on all subjects and feature a huge children’s book section on its second floor.

Desiree Eaglin blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can read her tweets on Twitter too.


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