(credit: Whale Of A Tale)

(credit: Whale Of A Tale)

Childhood and whimsical stories seem to go hand in hand. Here is a list of the best children’s bookstores in Orange County.

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Once Upon A Story Book
17300 17th St C
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 669-4377

Tustin’s Once Upon A Story Book is located in the heart of Orange County and is a terrific book store for all things children’s books. With weekly storytimes, crafts, parties, author signings, and much more, kids will love it here. And, parents will love that they can find a wide selection of books perfect for childhood. The expert and knowledgeable staff here is here to help you find whatever you need, too. On Thursdays and Fridays, join the store for storytime, where songs, stories and surprises will be part of the activities.

(credit: Martha's Bookstore)

(credit: Martha’s Bookstore)

Island Tales Bookshop
308 Marine Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 873-5184

Island Tales Bookshop is a hidden gem nestled below bright fuchsia bougainvillea set back from Marine Avenue in Newport Beach. Located on Balboa Island, the quaint store is filled with both new titles as well as classics to keep kids entertained. In addition, find unique and one-of-a-kind books, as well as gifts that are perfect for any stage in a child’s life. To make it even more fun for kids, they have a arts and crafts room, as well as story time and the store even features event space for birthday parties and other get togethers.

(credit: Whale Of A Tale Children's Bookshoppe)

(credit: Whale Of A Tale Children’s Bookshoppe)

A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe
16277 Laguna Canyon Rd Suite G
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-8288

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 25 years. The Bookshoppe, owned and operated by Alex Uhl, caters to children of all ages, and their parents, and also offers exciting author appearances where children have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors. Award winning children’s book authors, including J.K. Rowling, Julie Andrews, Henry Winkler and many others have hosted events here too! Browse the great book selection, attend an event, and more at this Irvine gem.

(credit: Book-Off)

(credit: Book-Off)

1025 Westminster Mall
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 897-1800

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.

(credit: Newport Beach Public Library)

(credit: Newport Beach Public Library)

Newport Beach Library Friends Bookstore
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-9667

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.