Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28!
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every independent store is unique. They are often not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers, who are able to serve the community as passionate, caring tour guides to the best reading.
Where can you find an independent bookstore in Irvine?
My longtime favorite Irvine bookstore is A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe!
When my son, Max, was little, we loved to go to A Whale of a Take together to hear famous authors read from their books or just to browse their shelves. I believe our favorite was Dave Shannon, author of “No, David!” and “How I Became a Pirate.”
We especially loved their magical late-night parties when the newest Harry Potter books were first released!
Here is what they say about themselves:
“Our store is filled to the brim with wonderful books and collectibles. We cater to children of all ages, and their parents. We continue our tradition of Integrity + Service + Respect + Love of books and community.
Our store has been host to numerous award-winning children’s book authors, including J. K. Rowling, Brian Jacques, Julie Andrews, Sharon Creech, Henry Winkler, T.A. Barron, Dav Pilkey and of course our very own local stars: Robin Preiss Glasser, & Steve Bjorkman.
Come in and experience A Whale of a Tale, as your beloved books and characters are brought to life by the people who know them best. Our staff will help you as much as you need in this warm and cozy store or if you prefer, leave you to browse in the wonderful book selection.
A Whale of a Tale has been honored with the prestigious Lucille Pannell Award. This national award is given to one bookstore annually in recognition of its excellence in stimulating, promoting and encouraging young people’s interest in books. Whale of a Tale embodies the unique creativity and effectiveness in bringing children and books together.”
A Whale of a Tale was founded in 1988 by Alexandra Uhl and is still a magical place for children and parents, enhancing community spirit and the education of young people.
It has also been a quiet community force and advocate for children’s literacy, donating thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise to many charitable organizations, including the Junior League of Orange County, First Book, local schools, hospitals, and people in need.
This Saturday, April 28, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, A Whale of a Tale will feature refreshments, giveaways (including a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary patch), a 10% Store Wide Sale, and a dollar-sale of selected books and other items. See more at their website here.
A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe is located at 16277 Laguna Canyon Rd, Ste G, Irvine, California 92618.
Their phone number is 949- 854-8288
Their hours are Monday 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
When you visit, please tell Alex that Melissa, Michael, and Max Fox say Hello!