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A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe
16277 Laguna Canyon Rd. 
Irvine Ca. 92618
Children's Bookshop with in depth selections of children's books, and educational toys. 

Abednego Book Shoppe 
2682 E. Main Street
Ventura CA 93003
805 643-9350
Abednego Book Shoppe is a locally owned independent new and used bookstore. We are the largest Book Trade Center in Ventura County. Bring in your books to be evaluated to use for a 50% discount on used books in stock. We also search for hard-to-find and rare books. 

Acorn Naturalists
180 S Prospect Ave, Ste 230 
Tustin California 92780
800 422 8886
800 452 2802
Acorn Naturalists's catalog features a comprehensive collection of books, field equipment, lab equipment, skull replicas, science and nature kits, games, and art projects that nurture curiosity about the natural world. 


Amoeba Music - Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Since 1990, Amoeba Music has welcomed independent music lovers of all kinds to our unique, vibrant stores in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. We stock every kind of music, movies, and books.

Autobooks- Aerobooks
2900 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-0707
Oldest and largest automotive bookstore in the US. In Burbank, CA since 1951
1000’s of books and DVD’s, cars, motorcycles and airplanes.

Bank of Books 
748 E. Main Street
Ventura CA 93001
805 643-3154
We are an independent, family owned bookstore serving the California Coastlands and the world. We have a vast, eclectic inventory striving to serve our community with quality and integrity. We believe in supporting our local arts, which includes writers, historians, artist and musicians. Our store has become a place for them to display new creations. 

Bioquip Products
2321 Gladwick St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
Fax: 310-667-8808
Equipment, Supplies and Books
For Entomology and Related Sciences

Book Alley 
1252 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91106
We are a full service, full selection bookstore in "angelic" Pasadena since 1992. We offer more than 70,000 used books on all subjects, as well as a growing selection of new books and vinyl records.  Now in our 22nd year!"


Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin Street
Orange CA 92866

Book Carnival has been in the business of specializing in mysteries, suspense and author events since 1981.  Check us out on our website, Facebook and Twitter!
Mystery, Romantic Suspense

The Book Catapult 
3010-B Juniper Street
San Diego, CA 92104




The Book Den 
15 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara CA 93101

Founded in 1902, the Book Den is one of California's oldest bookstores. The store offers a curated selection of new, used and out-of-print books in a clean, well-organized shop staffed by people who really know and love books.
General, Rare/Antiquarian & Used

The Book Loft
1680 Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
The Book Loft is a full service bookstore- the helpful staff would love to locate that difficult to find or out-of-print book, help you select the perfect gift, or ship your order to your destination. We will even gift wrap it at no extra charge!


Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood CA 90069
Book Soup, "Bookseller to the Great and Infamous”, is a general interest, independent bookstore located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Founded in 1975, the store specializes in art, film, photography, music, and literary fiction and is known for its vibrant author event series (over 300 annually) and celebrity clientele.    

Cellar Door Books
5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #30A
Riverside CA 92507
Cellar Door Books is an independent, locally owned bookstore featuring a carefully curated stock of new books for adults and kids. We have book clubs for every taste, author events, story time, and much more.

Chaucer's Books
3321 State Street
Santa Barbara CA 93105
Chaucer's Books is a general bookstore with lots of good books and sidelines. The breadth of inventory is refreshing. It has an extensive children's section, with games, puzzles, plush and much more. A browser's paradise with something for everybody.

Chevalier's Books
126 North Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
ph: (323) 465-1334
fax: (323) 465-6093

Located in Windsor Square, amid the bustling boulevard of Larchmont; saunter the neighborhood, grab a bite or coffee, browse our shelves, take a seat and your time to enjoy the charm of a true old-world, general-trade bookstore.



 Children's Book World 
10580 1/2 Pico Blvd. 
Los Angeles California 90064 
310 559-2665 
Library-like, multicultural selection of over 80,000 titles, with extremely knowledgeable booksellers, adept at matching books to children that will stimulate excitement for reading.  Author events, storytimes, DVDs, CDs, craft & science kits, games, and custom gift baskets. 


Counterpoint Records & Books
5911 Franklin Ave 
Los Angeles CA 90028 
We are an independent record and book store in the Franklin Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. We have been in business since 1979 and specialize in literary fiction, poetry, philosophy, books on the arts and classical, jazz, rock and blues vinyl.  

Art/Design/Architecture, General, Rare/Antiquarian & Used



Creating Conversations
2850 Artesia Blvd., Ste. #101
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Phone: 805-881-3230

DIESEL, A Bookstore - Brentwood 
225 26th Street
Santa Monica CA 90402
Known for fascinating selection, stunning events, enthusiastic staff, and urban California aesthetic, DIESEL is the cutting-edge, high octane, community-radiating, independent neighborhood bookstore we all dream of hanging out in, getting imaginally turned on in, and literarily inspired by.


Distant Lands--A Traveler's Bookstore
20 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena CA 91105

We're an independent travel bookstore and outfitters located in beautiful Pasadena, California. We have a complete selection of travel guides, travelogues and maps, as well as luggage, clothing, accessories and a travel agent. Come check us out!

Eso Won
4327 Degnan Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 290-1048
Veteran bookshop spotlighting a range of titles about & written by African American people.
 Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada California 91011
General bookstore, also offering gifts, games & puzzles in the heart of La Canada, California.  Open 7 days per week.  We are a designated Village Post Office with extended service hours. Our coffeehouse offers coffee, espresso, tea, juices, pastries, and sandwiches.    

The Frugal Frigate, a Children's Bookstore
9 N. Sixth Street
Redlands CA 92373
Our vision is to help grow young minds through words and illustrations by providing reading enjoyment with physical books in an actual bookstore environment. We are committed to creating an atmosphere and shopping experience everyone will enjoy.

The Getty Store
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1200 
Los Angeles CA 90049
The Getty Store offers an extensive selection of publications on art and architecture. You will also find a wide range of merchandise inspired by The Getty Center site, The J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, and the visual arts.

Hammer Museum Store
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90024
In its role as a cultural center, the Museum endeavors to be a vibrant intellectual forum for the exploration of cultural, political, and social issues. To this end, the Museum offers a rich variety of public programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances. The Museum Store provides a continuation of the museum's mission through monographs, theoretical and critical literature, and specially curated merchandise.
Art/Design/Architecture, Museum

Hennessey + Ingalls
Art & Architecture Bookstore 
300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Suite M
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-437-2134 (fax)
Best selection of books on the visual arts. 
Art, Architecture, Interior Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion, Landscape & Gardening 

Heritage Source
PO Box 802542
Santa Clarita CA 91380-2542
Home-based bookseller specializing in Japanese and Japanese American titles in English.

Holy Family Bookstore
1519 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena CA 91030
626-403-6133 626-403-6134
A unique Bookstore dedicated to providing a consistent source of current and classic religious publications, outstanding sacred art, sacramental and devotional items and fine sacred music. 
Holy Family Bookstore Religious

Island Tales 
308 1/2 Marine Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662
Island Tales is a children's bookshop located on beautiful Balboa Island.

J&J Children's Books
P.O. Box 704
Sierra Madre California 91025
Book Fairs, Author Events    

Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys
114A Lime Ave.
Monrovia, CA 90106
We are a non-profit organization in the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys that features an annual Jewish Book Festival each fall in celebration of Jewish Book Month.  In 2019 we will be holding our 21st Jewish Book Festival.l. The Book Festival features books by Jewish authors or books with Jewish content. Ten to twelve individual author events are held during the community-wide Festival

Kinokuniya Bookstore
123 Onizuka St. #205
Los Angeles CA 90012
Year Opened: 1977 
So. Cal’s largest selection of books/ DVDs on Japan and Asia, plus full line of stationery items, books, magazines and music imported from Japan. Manga and more manga.

Kinokuniya Bookstore - Costa Mesa
665 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa CA 92626
Your OC source for books on Japan, plus full line of books, magazines & stationery items imported from Japan. Also, manga and more manga.
General, Japanese Language, Asian/Asian American

Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach CA 92651
Our goal is to provide you with the most interesting community bookstore with superb selection and knowledgeable staff. We are a general interest store that is located in the Old Pottery Place, in Laguna's historic HIP District. 

Li'l Book Bug
842 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA 93551
General fiction and nonfiction, specializing in paperback fiction.

The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring Street
Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. Currently in our third incarnation, we began in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft.


The Library Shop
330 Park Blvd. 
San Diego CA 92101

We are a book and gift store based in the San Diego Central Library. We stock a curated selection of book-themed items, children's toys, books and games, home goods, jewelry and more. Our profits benefit the public library system. 


The Library Store
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles California 90071
Follow The Library Store on Instagram
Located in Downtown's historic Central Library, The Library Store features a carefully crafted collection of eclectic literary gifts and goods.  As part of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, proceeds from The Library Store benefit the Los Angeles Public Library and its 73 locations.  



Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Company
1648 W. Orange Grove Ave.
Pomona CA 91768
(909) 865-8550
(909) 865-9060

Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Company provides quality custom book fairs throughout Southern California, for all ages--preschool through high school, including private/religious schools and teacher conferences. 

Mrs. Nelson's Library Services
Mrs. Nelson’s Library Services and Bindery offers wholesale book purchasing services for K-12 schools and government institutions and bindery services to reinforce paperback novels and repair textbooks.
(909) 397-7820
Fax: 909-397-7833

General books (K-12 to adult)


Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore that is passionate about creating and maintaining a community of readers, authors, and booksellers. 
Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy


Mystery Ink Bookstore
8907 Warner Avenue, #135 
Huntington Beach CA 92647
714 960-4000
714 960-0620

An independent bookstore specializing in signed first editions.

Newsboy Books 
215 N. Euclid Ave.
Ontario CA 91762
Independent bookstore and newsstand serving the Pomona Valley/Inland Empire since 1957. We specialize in friendly, personal service.

Norton Simon Museum Store 
411 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena California 91105
The Norton Simon Museum Store features a large selection of books on American, European and Asian art, photography, gardens and architecture. We also offer an impressive assortment of art-related books and games for children and a variety of stationery, prints and posters that feature works from the Museum’s renowned collections.    


Once Upon a Storybook
17300 17th St, #C
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 669-4377










Once Upon a Time
2207 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose CA 91020

The oldest children's bookstore in the country, this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm & knowledgeable staff. Author signings, storytimes, book & writing clubs for all ages. 

Russo's Books
1601 New Stine Road #182
Bakersfield CA 93309
Russo's Books has served the Southern San Joaquin Valley since 1989. Now operating out of a showroom office setting, Russo's continues to assist the general public and area schools and businesses. Russo's actively supports area author and literacy events throughout the region.


San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe
2476 Huntington Drive
San Marino CA 91108
626 309-0222
626 309-0369
Offering quality toys and children's books since 1975. We offer complimentary gift wrap, special orders and a friendly knowledgeable staff.

Sandpiper Books
4665 Torrance Blvd, 
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 371-2002

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles CA 90027
323 660-1175
A general bookstore serving such historic L.A. neighborhoods as Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake,  and Echo Park. Our eclectic clientele challenges us to provide the cutting edge of culture including the best in literary fiction, books on music, art, film and theater, L.A. regional culture and history, graphic literature, children’s books, political theory and more.  10am - 10pm daily. A full schedule of author events. general




Special Needs Project
521 Arroyo Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone(805) 962-8087

Special Needs Project is the place for books about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), learning disabilties, special education and other special needs.

We are a unique disability bookstore and we have DVD's and fidgets too. We serve families, professionals, agencies, schools and general readers worldwide with the largest, most authoritative collection of disability-related materials. Special Needs Project is dedicated to making the best information available to those who need it. It's our mission to put the right books in the right hands.

Stories Books and Cafe
1716 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90026
213 413-3733
213 413 3737  
Stories is a general interest book store in the thriving Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. We sell new, used and rare titles. 

Tecolote Book Shop
1470 East Valley Road
Montecito, CA  93108
805-969-4977  Phone
805-969-3127  Fax


UCLA Store BookZone
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles California 90095 
Among the nation's largest independent university bookstores, UCLA BookZone provides a selection of 25,000 titles covering a range of academic, literary, reference, and general interest titles including children's, bargain, and gift books.  
College/University, General

UC-San Diego Bookstore
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093
We've been serving the campus of UCSD and greater San Diego since 1960 with a large selection of general books and the most up-to-date selection of medical and technical titles in San Diego.

Unicorn Books and Gifts
738 Main Street
Ramona CA 92065
Retail bookstore with new and used books as well as gifts hi-lighting local artists and authors.
Wide selection of new releases, best sellers and children's books.

USC Bookstores
840 Childs Way
Los Angeles California 90089-2540
(213) 740-9030
(213) 740-7686
With more than 24,000 titles, the USC Bookstore is the largest bookstore in the downtown Los Angeles area.  Our selections include literature, poetry, philosophy, cookbooks, children's books, and much more...  
College/University, General


Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd. 
Pasadena CA 91101

Vroman’s Bookstore is a 30,000 square foot general interest, independent bookstore founded in 1894 and located on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. A literary institution and local landmark, Vroman’s has over 80,000 book titles; thousands of gift items including fountain pens, stationery, candles, local gift items, toys, games, periodicals, and e-reader accessories; an international newsstand; a coffee shop; an art gallery; and over 400 author signings and book events each year.

Vroman’s Hastings Ranch 
3729 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91107

Vroman’s Hastings Ranch is a 7,000 square foot branch store located in east Pasadena, 15 minutes from the Vroman’s flagship store on Colorado Blvd. Vroman’s Hastings Ranch is a general interest, independent bookstore with thousands of books, gift items, and periodicals, as well as a small special events series.    

7812 Girard Ave 
La Jolla, CA 92037
Year opened 1896
A full-service family owned general bookstore with a large selection of titles including
art, architecture, design and children's 
"independent minds need independent bookstores."