South Bay’s Best Independent Bookstores for Kids

July 26, 2011 10:25 AM

The independent bookstore has practically gone the way of mix tapes and dial-up in the United States, many having been gobbled up by chains and Internet booksellers. However, in the Bay Area the spirit of independent bookstores lives on. If you’re a book-lover and coming to the South Bay, check out these favorites:


378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 292-8880

This charming San Jose bookstore has been delighting readers, both young and old, for over 30 years. Specializing in books for children and young adults, Hicklebee’s is a top choice for book lovers.

Linden Tree Children’s Recording and Books

170 State Street #130
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 949-3390
Linden Tree Children’s Recording and Books

Linden Tree has an excellent selection of children’s recordings, as well as a broad inventory of books and a helpful staff who is more than happy to find anything you need. They also offer a selection of other “treasures” such as puppets and book-related dolls, tea sets, science and math games, toys, art materials, origami paper, water toys, paper dolls, infant and toddler toys, puzzles and gifts. Look for their great selection of foreign language books and international toys and gifts!

Books Inc

Multiple locations in the Bay Area
Books Inc

“The West’s Oldest Independent Book Seller”, Books Inc. hosts terrific events each and every month like books fairs, launch parties, story times and signings with authors, and book clubs for kids, teens, and moms.

Leigh’s Favorite Books

121 South Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086-6113
(408) 736-2665
Leigh’s Favorite Books

Find your favorite new and used books at Leigh’s Favorite Books, a cozy shop located in historic (and newly renovated) downtown Sunnyvale. Anything not in stock can be special ordered for 20% off the list price.


Locations in Mountain View and Monterey

They call themselves a “book browser’s paradise” and rightfully so! I could get lost in their Mountain View location for days. Bookbuyers has one of the largest sources of used and out-of print books in the Bay Area. Their Mountain View location has partnered with nearby coffee shop, Red Rock Coffee, to provide a kids’ story hour on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10 am. Bring your little one for an hour of picture books and songs.

Grace Duffy is a married, mother of two living in Silicon Valley. She blogs at Formerly Gracie and Mama Manifesto.

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