Welcome to the award-winning Once Upon A Time Bookstore

Welcome to Once Upon A Time Bookstore -- established 1966

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 53rd year in the community and have FABULOUS events planned.  We pride ourselves on our recommendations, events, and activities that have built community and kept families coming back to us for generations.  Shop, browse, and follow us on Facebook (@onceuponatimebookstore), Instagram (@onceuponatimebkstore), Twitter (@onceuponatimebk), as we have exciting upcoming events at your favorite family bookstore. THANK YOU for shopping local and for helping us to remain the Oldest Children's Bookstore in the Nation!

Happy Reading!


Our Children's Bestsellers This Week

A Place to Belong Cover Image
Bigger than a Bread Box Cover Image
Orphan Island Cover Image
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
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The Honest Truth Cover Image
Charlie & Mouse: Book 1 (Classic Children’s Book, Illustrated Books for Children) Cover Image

Our Adult Bestsellers This Week

Finale: A Caraval Novel Cover Image
Hope and Other Punch Lines Cover Image
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Cover Image
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The Hate U Give Cover Image
Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What's Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want Cover Image
Pocket RBG Wisdom: Supreme Quotes and Inspired Musings from Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cover Image

Spring into a new story!

Croc & Turtle Cover Image
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
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Like a Lizard Cover Image
Young Captain Nemo Cover Image
Garden Day! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
Flora Forager ABC Cover Image

How Audiobooks Grew the Reader in Me

I was 7-years old and I did not want to read.  I knew that I was able to but I felt that something was missing.  I come from a tradition of voices: pirate growls, southern drawls, prim ladies, and bold animals.  My mother was a drama major in college and used her talent to engage and enchant my sister and me every night as she read or made up stories for us.  Every word had energy and intention; the sleepy house made me long for naptime and the adventurous cowboy had me jumping all over my room. But I was never able to get the stories to come to life in the same way when reading by myself. 

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Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

Staff Picks

Raw, gritty and acutely tuned to his community, Matt Mendez' debut blends authenticity with poignancy, heartbreak with heartfelt, this emotionally true contemporary story about 2 El Paso teens and a mom of one of the boys, will keep you riveted and engaged. Comparisons to Jason Reynolds, Matt de la Pena and Angie Thomas are accurate but Mendez is a break out star to be watched. This wallop of a tale should be handed to high school kids en masse. - Maureen