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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



Upcoming Events
at Once Upon a Storybook


Storybook Heroes

As a small business, it's a big deal when you shop with us.  You might not be wearing a cape, but our loyal customers are our heroes. That's why we've created our Storybook Heroes Frequent Buyer Program. Sign up for our FREE rewards program next time you're in the store and receive a $10 store credit for every $200 you spend with us. It's our way of saying, "Thanks for sharing our dream".   Sign up in-store today!


Story Time

With Miss Susie the Story Lady

Itty Bitty Storytime (ages birth-2 years)
Mondays 10, 10:30 and 11 am; Thursdays at 1 and 1:30 pm

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 am

Milk & Cookies Storytime (ages 3-8)
Thursdays 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)

Let's Party

Whether you are looking for a flexible space for your next gathering or a full party planning experience, Once Upon a Storybook has a package that is right for your budget.


Package 1

You have all your great ideas and just need a place to have your party! Once Upon a Storybook supplies the space, tables, and chairs. You bring decorations, paper goods, food and plan all activities. Our story room is also the perfect option for business meetings and childbirth or parenting classes.

$75/2 hours (up to 20 guests)


Package 2

You would like to have a birthday party or baby shower, but you really want some Once Upon a Storybook specialness! Once Upon a Storybook will supply the space, tables, chairs, decorations, paper goods, storytime, a craft or activity. You supply the food.

$250/2 hrs (up to 12 guests)


Package 3

Parties are fun . . . but planning them is just not your thing. Let Once Upon a Storybook do all your party planning! We'll discuss possible literary themes with you, provide all of the paper goods & decorations, prepare a craft or activity that fits the theme, and have a storytime. We'll arrange catering and a visit from a live character or a face painter!

$500-750/2 hrs (up to 12 guests)


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!