Celebrating Read Across America Week? Why not shop locally for a few new kids’ books.
While big book shops are great, they often don’t hold the charm of smaller Los Angeles bookstores –of which there are many. As a bonus, smaller bookstores tend to specialize in kids’ books. So, if you’re looking for some great kids’ books for your little one, we’ve compiled a list of the best LA bookstores for kids to check out.
Best Children’s Bookstores: LA Bookstores
Kids can lose themselves in a wonderful book. They can learn about faraway places and times gone by. They can explore, create, learn, and discover more about who they are and what they want to be. While reading books on kindles and iPads is handy, nothing beats browsing an old-fashioned bookstore. Here are the best children’s bookstores in Los Angeles for your next reading adventure.
Children’s Book World was founded in 1986. With over 79,000 titles on display, music, audiobooks, DVDs, craft and science kits, and educational aids, Children’s Book World is dedicated to being a full-service bookstore for kids. In addition to a vast selection, they host Saturday morning stories with storytellers, author readings, musical performers, and more.
10580 1/2 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Vromans is one of the oldest and largest independent Los Angeles bookstores. It dates back to 1984. It’s not specifically a children’s bookstore, but they do feature a vast selection of children’s books as well as storytime for kids every Wednesday and Saturday. In addition, Vromans offers books and gifts for babies through teenagers, focusing on giving kids the passion for reading.
695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101
Once Upon A Time bookstore is an independent, award-winning bookstore. Regarded as a neighborhood charm, it has a massive selection of quality children’s books. However, the entire family can enjoy a book from this bookstore, with choices for children and adults alike.
2207 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA 91020
The Last Bookstore is more than just a bookstore. It’s a must-see experience for all book lovers. It’s the largest new and used bookstore in Los Angeles, with over 250,000 new and used books, records, and more to enjoy. In addition to a multitude of books, The Last Bookstore has several other shops, including the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, Dave Lovejoy Art, Gather Yard Shop, Fold Gallery, and the Spring Arts Collective Gallery. It’s as much a cultural destination as it is a shop.
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
With various events, book clubs, and a vast kids selection, Skylight is one of the best Los Angeles bookstores for parents to bring their children to pick out some of the best kids’ books. With vintage issues and imports from around the world, you’ll find an abundance of possibilities to choose from at Skylight Books.
818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Not only can you score a ton of books for $10 or less, but the $10 or Less Bookstore also has a buy-back program where you can bring your used books to sell for store credit. Their shelves are stocked daily, so there’s always a new treasure to be found. In addition to classic books, there’s an antique room with old magazines, photographs, jewelry, and more. With a whole kid’s section, you’ll be able to buy books, sell them back, and get more.
8727 Tampa Ave
Named for The Iliad, an ancient Greek poem by Homer, this independent used bookstore stocks over 100,000 used books. Not only can you scour through the vast collection of books, but you can sit on the couches enjoy music, water, and cats. Yes, this bookstore has cats that kids are sure to love!
5400 Cahuenga Blvd
Pages A Bookstore is a full-service independent bookstore for book lovers of all ages. Here, reading, meeting, and discussing books is a way of life. They offer a vast selection of non-fiction, children’s books, cooking, and best sellers. In addition to tons of books, they host regular author events, book signings, weekly storytimes, and four monthly book clubs to engage readers of all ages.
904 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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