Childhood and whimsical stories seem to go hand in hand. Here is a list of the best children’s bookstores in Orange County.
18838 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Camelot Books is a charming used and rare books store that is crammed with books from floor to ceiling. There is a very large children’s section (or “corral”) that is stocked full of books for young readers. Books in the children’s corral go on sale for 75 percent off twice a year.
Island Tales Bookshop
308 1/2 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92662
Island Tales Bookshop is a hidden gem nestled below bright fuchsia bougainvillea set back from Marine Avenue in Newport Beach. Martha’s specializes in books with a focus on reading group selections, local books and children’s books.
A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe
16277 Laguna Canyon Rd G
Irvine, CA 92618
The award-winning A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe has been encouraging the love of reading, as well as integrity, education and a sense of community for more than 20 years. The Bookshoppe, owned and operated by Alex Uhl, also offers exciting author appearances where children have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors. Check the website for more details.
1025 Westminster Mall
Westminster, CA 92683
Conveniently located in the Westminster Mall, Book-Off offers a large variety of like-new recycled books in a clean and brightly-lit store. The children’s book section is the best place to find clean, slightly used children’s books for half the cost of other stores.
Newport Beach Library Friends Bookstore
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Founded in 1957 by a small group of volunteers, the Friends of the Library take pride in helping to maintain the excellence of the library system. Quarterly book sales are held in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. Book sales will take place this year on May 3 and 4, Aug. 2 and 3 and Nov. 1 and 2.