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!