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A Unique Children's Bookstore for Orange County

Because stories inspire and books make memories


It all began with a dream.

Susie Alexander is a dreamer. She's also a do-er. So, when she'd launched her fledglings out of the nest and was ready for her "Next Big Thing", she knew it was time to open the store of her dreams and get doing. Once Upon a Storybook opened its doors on October 4, 2014 and quickly became the epicenter for children's literature in Orange County, California. With a staff of trained book sellers, unparalleled resources for educators and home-schooling families, and a passion for igniting the reading fire in little hearts and minds, this is a special place. Yes, it's a store. But it's also a community of dreamers who loving doing. 

Read our story.


Store Hours

Monday- Wednesday 10am-2pm

Thursday-Friday 10am -7pm

Saturday 10am - 5pm



Our Final Day will be April 28, 2018. Join us for our Fun Finale!


Upcoming Events
at Once Upon a Storybook


Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Once Upon a Storybook's  Fun Finale April 28 from 5-8 pm will be a fun, story-filled evening!  Be there for our final storytime with Miss Susie’s favorite picture books—Can you guess what they are?!  Bid in the silent and live auction for everything from unique large posters (the Brown Bear Brown Bear stand-up, the huge Princess in Black poster, and the signed Unbreakable Code poster) to furniture to craft supplies—something for every budget!  The fairy door will go home with someone that night!  Leave a note for Miss Susie about your special Once Upon a Storybook experience. Eat, drink, and make memories with us! 


Story Time

With Miss Susie the Story Lady


Itty Bitty Storytime (ages birth-2 years)
 final story times Thursdays April 5 at 1 and 1:30 pm

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
Final story time Friday April 6 at 11 am

Milk & Cookies Storytime (ages 3-8)
Final story time Thursday April 5 at 7 pm, pajamas welcome! Milk & cookie treats provided (if your child has an allergy please bring an appropriate snack)

Note:  All children of all ages are welcome to all storytimes.  The listed ages are the targeted developmental ages for the planned activities.



Book Clubs 

The only thing better than enjoying a great book... sharing the experience with others. We've created book clubs for kids to expand their reading repertoire, learn how to analyze the content of their literature, and connect with new friends. All book clubs meet at Once Upon a Storybook the third Saturday of the month.  



Mock Newbery Club (4th-8th graders) 3:00 PM

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) selects the very best in writing for kids. The Newbery Medal has come to represent the best in literature--the gold sticker is a badge of honor for the books that receive it.

The qualifications to be considered for a Newbery are that the author must be an American and that the book had to be published in the previous year. (For the 2018 award, the book must have been published in 2017.)

So . . . Kids! Let’s take a look at the new chapter books that could become the 2018 Newbery Medal winner! Join us for a Saturday discussion each month beteen now and February, when the award is announced. During the first meeting, we’ll decide which book we’ll read each month. Then we’ll have a party for the winning book in February!


My First Book Club (pre-school & kindergarten) 4:00 PM

A book club for the very youngest story lovers! Each month, we select a book for you to enjoy as a family. These early chapter books are a great way to stretch the storytelling experience from a one-night to a multi-night experience. What an awesome way to help develop long-term memory! Here are some of the books we will be reading throughout the year: My Father's Dragon (Gannett) The Miniature World of Marvine and James (Broach) Mercy Watson to the Rescue (DiCamillo) Flat Stanley (Brown) Princess Cora and the Crocodile


Little Bookworms (1st & 2nd graders)- 4:30 PM

Your will have a month to read the selected book as a family or the child alone. We will discuss, act, and create based on the story of the month. Here are some of the books we will read: The Chocolate Touch (Catling) Toys Go Out (Jenkins) Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (McDonald) 26 Fairmount Avenue (dePaola)

The Once Upon a Storybook Difference

The best part about being a boutique children's books store, is being able to offer services and resources that you can't find on Amazon or at a big box store. Our staff are all trained book sellers with a command of children's literature that enables us to be able to make recommendations, assist with curriculum development, speak to service clubs and school audiences, and support home-schooling parents in a way that is unparalleled in our lovely little corner of the world. If you have a special request, need help with a lesson plan, or are looking for a speaker for your next PTA meeting, look no further!


Speakers Bureau

Miss Susie the Story Lady is available to speak to groups of children or adults about literacy or other favorite literary topics. Here are some of her recent engagements:

Tustin Community Preschool: annual speaker for parent education evenings

MOPs : annual speaker for Mothers of Preschoolers about the importance of reading aloud to children

TUSD Elementary Librarians: 2x year speaker about significant new books

Various PTAs and PTOs: speak about literacy, parent involvement, types of reading material, reading outside of homework (reading for the love of it!)

In addition, Once Upon a Storybook can assist you with securing an author or illustrator to share the creative process with your students. Let us help you plan your program!



Susie is a former homeschooling mom. Tina was an educator in the classroom for many years. Together they bring an in-depth understanding of curriculm development and lesson planning that is an absolute treasure trove for teachers and parents alike. In addition, Once Upon a Storybook can host in-store book fairs, order books for your class, and assist you with developing age-appropriate reading lists for summer reading. If you need a hand developing a lesson plan, selecting just the right book for your next unit, or even planning a field trip around literary topics, let us provide that support. BONUS: We offer 20% off all books for educators.


Summer Camps

Each summer, Once Upon a Storybook hosts a series of literary-themed camps for kids of all ages. From jedis to wizards, from princesses to super heros, we have a book camp that's right for your youngster. Check back here this spring for a listing of the exciting summer camps we have planned for you!