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Best Children’s Bookstores In Los Angeles

February 26, 2016 6:00 AM

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)

(credit: Once Upon A Time Bookstore)


While big box bookstores are disappearing and great, they don’t often hold the charm of a smaller bookstore with their charm. Many smaller bookstores also specialize in children’s books. So, if you’re up for discovering some great children’s books wit your little ones, both new and old, we’ve put together a list of the best children’s bookstores throughout LA.

(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
www.shoponceuponatime.com

Established in 1966, Once Upon A Time Bookstore is an award winning bookstore which caters to children and adults. With many bookstores closing, this Montrose store is a gem and one to be highly regarded for its neighborhood charm and its best selection of quality children’s books. Dubbed as the nation’s oldest children’s bookstore, they are proud to be independent, and offer great customer service, a large book selection, and also make sure to carry quality children’s books and intelligently curated books for the entire family.

(credit: Books And Cookies)

(credit: Books And Cookies)


Books And Cookies
2230 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 362-3103
www.booksandcookiesla.com

Santa Monica’s Books and Cookies is an innovative bookstore, kids cafe, and event space all wrapped into one. The kid-friendly bookstore, which sets its goal of bringing wonder and excitement back to reading and learning, is divided into three areas: a bookstore with an interactive reading room, an enrichment center, as well as a play area and event space. What’s unique about this bookstore is that it makes it fun for kids to want to attend because it’s not simply just a bookstore. The bookstore is a sun-filled room stocked with both classics and new, and contemporary books for babies and tweens to take advantage in. As a completely kid-friendly environment, kids and curl up and learn in an enriching space. Or, have your children spend time in the learn and play area. With 600 shaded square feet of outside space, children can read books in a teepee, build with blocks, and much more. Overall, this Santa Monica location makes it fun for kids to want to read.

(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
www.childrensbookworld.com

Founded in 1986, Children’s Book World is dedicated to being a full-service bookstore for kids to educate themselves. With over 79,000 titles on display for children, parents, teachers and collectors, this West LA bookstore also carries a big selection of music, audio books, DVD’s, craft and science kits, and educational aids. After all, in this digital age, it’s important to have audio books, and DVD’s to accompany books. Since its opening, it quickly became one of the most popular shops in LA because of the vast selection, friendly staff, and their dedication to helping customers find books that fit the needs of each individual child. Every Saturday morning, Children’s Book World hosts Saturday morning stories with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.

(credit: Skylight Books)

(credit: Skylight Books)


Skylight Books
818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-1175
www.skylightbooks.com

With a great kids section, Skylight Books in Los Feliz is a perfect place for parents to come and grab some great children’s books. Or, bring your child and let them select their favorite! With vintage re-issues, imports from around the world, and books that will bring your child some delight, you’ll find an abundance here to choose from.

(credit: Vroman's Bookstore)

(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore)


Vroman’s Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320
www.vromansbookstore.com

As Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore, Vroman’s Bookstore dates back to 1984. 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. The store also features many book clubs, and in their children’s department, they house a variety of books and gifts for babies through teenagers to get them passionate about reading.

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