They say that children are our future, and it’s a truism that must be nurtured in every young mind. There are few better opportunities than a children’s bookstore to expand minds. These best local bookstores were chosen because they all go many steps further than a mere book broker. Events, celebrations, author signings and talks, multimedia shows and more drives enthusiasm to read and experience literature. From fiction to nonfiction, these stores, owners and staff are curators of books of the greatest value – books that enlighten and train the minds of children.
Once Upon A Time
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
Much more than a children’s bookstore, Once Upon A Time is a celebration of literature for kids with author book signings and festivals. With leading children’s book authors often in attendance, many of the books on the shelves have been signed. Since 1966, the owners have endeavored to build a relationship with the community and generations of children. The oldest children’s bookstore in the nation, as reported in Publisher’s Weekly, has now gone online as well. You can shop, browse and keep up with events by visiting www.onceuponatime.com. It’s a “magical place” with all of the services a chain bookstore has and as they say, there is “more to a bookstore than the books on the shelves.”
Children’s Book World
10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Since the mid-80s, Children’s Book World has delighted children with its extensive collection of books. Besides over 80,000 books in stock, the shop also offers audio books, DVDs, music, science kits and other educational aids. Teachers, parents and collectors will find titles covering any area of interest making this a one stop destination where you can find just about anything. The staff is customer service oriented and knowledgeable with the goal of bringing out the best in children’s literature as well. Every Saturday morning at 10:30am, the store holds several types of special events including storytelling, musical performances, as well as author readings and signings. This bookstore is book-centered entertainment for kids and adults alike – it’s a chance to grow together.