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Children's Booksellers and Retailers

Please note that these listings are from my Book Marketing Tip of the Week ezine, from 2004 through mid-2008, so the information may no longer be accurate. Updated in April 2010 thanks to Eric DelaBarre. Of course, many of the stores will still be in business.

When you send your letter, sales sheet, catalog, or whatever to stores, you should also send them information on how to order the book. In the case of stores, that should be a wholesaler such as Ingram or Baker & Taylor, if your books are available through them.


Children's Book and Gift Stores

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, Museum Gift Shop, 1714 Highway 9 West, Seminole OK 74868-2038; 405-382-0950; 800-259-KIDS. Motto: Where children play to learn and adults learn to play. Offers many children's books.

B is for Books, 6562 E Quaker Street, Orchard Park NY 14122; 716-667-2383; Fax: 716-667-2384. Email: books@Bis4Books.com. Web: http://www.Bis4Books.com. New children's bookstore.

Babies in Bloom, Rochelle McLean, Book Buyer, 161 Thunder Drive #102, Vista CA 92083; 760-940-2229. Email: rochelle@babies-in-bloom.com. Web: http://www.babies-in-bloom.com. Offers a wide selection of
breastfeeding supplies, organic clothing, parenting and children's books, and wooden toys.

Magical Child West, Mary Brice, Book Buyer, Lumberyard Shopping Center, 967 S Coast Highway 101 #B108, Encinitas CA 92024; 760-633-1326. Web: http://www.magicalchild.com. Quality toys, books, clothing, and gifts.

Wee Little Sprouts, Amy and Scott Rowland, 119 N Main Street, Fallbrook CA 92028; 760-728-9339; Fax: 760-728-9277; 877-468-6957. Email: info@weelittlesprouts.com. Web: http://www.weelittlesprouts.com. Second store in 28480 Old Town Front Street #A, Temecula CA 92590; 951-699-4400; Fax: 951-699-5199. Offers children's gifts, toys, books, clothing, music, and pregnancy products.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Museum Store, Allegheny Square, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212; 412-322-5058, store ext 302; Fax: 412-322-4932. Email: store@pittsburghkids.org. Web: http://www.pittsburghkids.org.

Butterfly Books Children's Literacy Center, Barbara Wilson, Book Buyer, 118 N Broadway, De Pere WI 54115-2506; 920-339-1133; Fax: 920-339-8996; Toll-free: 800-495-1600. Email: staff@butterflybooks.com. Web: http://www.butterflybooks.com. This children's bookstore is Wisconsin's largest local independent bookstore.

Children's Book World, Hannah Schwartz, 17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford PA 19041-1506; 610-642-6274; Fax: 610-642-8647. Email: childrensbookworld@comcast.net.

Pinocchio's Children's Bookplace, 688 W Brookhaven Circle, Memphis TN 38117-4504; 901-767-6586; Fax: 901-682-3237. Since 1977, the only children's bookstore in the Memphis area.

Secret Garden Children's Bookshop, Christy MacDonald, 2214 NW Market Street, Seattle WA 98107; 206-789-5006; Fax: 206-789-2816. Email: bookshop@secretgardenbooks.com. Web: http://www.secretgardenbooks.com. Also operates school book fairs. Susan Scott, Manager.

Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop, Jim & Marie Nelson, Book Buyers, 20 E Sherman Avenue, Fort Atkinson WI 53538; 920-568-9940; Fax: 920-568-9941. Email: vrabbit@charterinternet.com. Web: http://www.velveteenrabbitbookshop.com. A general bookstore with a strong children's specialty. Established in 1994.

The Red Balloon Bookshop, Carol Erdahl, Book Buyer, 891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55105; 651-224-8320; Fax: 651-224-9508; 888-224-8320. Email: redballbks@aol.com. Web: http://www.redballoonbookshop.com. 50,000 children's books.

Top Ten Toys, 104 North 85th Street, Seattle WA 98103-3602; 206-782-0098. Over 15,000 toys, gifts, arts & crafts, puzzles, books, games, science kits, and environmentally conscious toys.

Blue Kangaroo Books, Stephanie Keller, Manager, 142 N Vermilion Street, Danville IL 61832; 217-442-2665; Fax: 772-619-2268. Email: info@bluekangaroobooks.com. Web: http://www.bluekangaroobooks.com. Children's bookstore opened in 2002.

Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, Museum Gift Shop, 2213 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa AL 35401; 205-349-4235. Email: carla@chomonline.org. Web: http://www.chomonline.org. Science kits, books, fun jewelry, Audubon birds, puppets and marionettes are just some of the items for children of all ages.

A Little Shop of Stories, Diane Capriola, 515A N. McDonough Street , Decatur GA 30030; 404-373-6180; Fax: 404-373-6372. Email: atlantacaps@aol.com. A new children's bookstore. Does lots of events.

The Dolphin Bookshop, Ann Teitel, Manager, 941 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington NY 11050; 516-767-2650. Email: hopscotchny@aol.com. Children's bookstore.

The Frugal Frigate, Brad Hundman, Owner, 9 North 6th Street, Redlands CA 92373; 909-793-0740. Web: http://www.frugalfrigate.com. Children's bookstore with many events.

Butterfly Books and Literacy Center, 118 N Broadway, DePere WI 54115; 920-339-1133; Fax: 920-339-8996. Email: staff@butterflybooks.com. Web: http://www.butterflybooks.com. Children's bookstore.

Booktenders Secret Garden Bookstore, Ellen Mager, Owner, 20 B Donaldson Street, Doylestown PA 18901-4222; 215-348-7160; Fax: 215-348-7160. Email: ellensbooks@aol.com. Children's bookstore.

Children's Book Garden, 11944 Ocean Gateway, Unit B, Ocean City MD 21842; 410-213-9500; Fax: 410-213-9755. Children's books.

The Storybook Garden, Attn: Sarah, Vila de Cortez, 260 S Texas Boulevard #103, Weslaco TX 78596; 956-968-7323; Fax: 956-968-7323. Email: sarah@thestorybookgarden.com. Web: http://www.thestorybookgarden.com. Children's books.

The Wild, Jane Mills, Book Buyer, Noblesville Square, 884 Logan Street, Noblesville IN 46060; 317-773-0920; Fax: 317-773-0920. Email: gotothewild@sbcglobal.net. Web: http://www.gotothewild.com. Features children's books, puzzles, puppets, and gifts. Also story and craft times.

Conner Prairie Museum Shop, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers IN 46038-3457; 317-776-6006; Fax: 317-776-6014; Toll-Free: 800-966-1836. Web: http://www.connerprairie.org. Features folk art, books and toys of the 1830's, and Indiana-produced food items. Focus on children's books.

A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe, 4199 Campus Drive, Suite A, Irvine CA 92612; 949-854-8288; Fax: 949-854-3189. Email: auu@awhaleofatale.occoxmail.com. Web: http://www.awhaleofatale.com. Since 1988. Children's books, gifts, and toys.

Yellow Brick Road Children's Books, Dale Spector, 7200 Parkway Drive #118, La Mesa CA 91942; 619-463-4900; Fax: 619-463-2985. Email: info@yellowbookrd.com. Web: http://www.yellowbookrd.com. Since 1986. Children's books, teacher resources, educational supplies. Motto: Books for educators, parents, and kids. Features author events.

Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, Judy Nelson, 1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne CA 91750-5108; 909-599-4558; Fax: 909-599-6236. Email: mrsnelsons@mrsnelsons.com. Web: http://www.mrsnelsons.com. Since 1985. Book fairs: 909-865-8550. Features 35,000 children's books.

Once Upon a Story, 3740 East 4th Street, Long Beach CA 90814; 562-433-6856; Fax: 800-996-0751. Email: admin@onceuponastorybooks.com. Web: http://www.onceuponastorybooks.com. Children's books from birth to young adult. Also toys and gifts.

Blue Chair Children's Books, 177 N Glendora Avenue, Glendora CA 91741; 626-335-8630. Email: doug@bluechairbooks.com. Web: http://www.bluechairbooks.com. Since 2003. Children's books, youth novels, educational titles, gifts, reading times, special events, and more!

Children's Book World, 10580 1/2 W Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90064-2332; 310-559-2665. Web: http://www.childrensbookworld.com. Hosts children's events. 78,000 children's titles.


Top 700 Independent Bookstores Data Files — This list started out as 500, then 600, now almost 700 top general bookstores. It includes names of the buyers and event coordinators, address, phone, fax, email, website, and other information about each bookstore. You will be able to download six different formats (your choice of one or all) as well as an info sheet to let you know what is contained in the various data file formats (Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, comma-delimited ASCII, and PDF). Data file download, $40.00.


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