Category: Book Store/Book Signing

Celebrate with Once Upon A Storybook


My all-time absolute favorite children’s book shop, Once Upon a Storybook, is celebrating their 1st year anniversary!

If you’ve visited this book shop you know why I love this place so much. If you haven’t, take this as your perfect opportunity!

Once Upon a Storybook is celebrating their 1st year Anniversary with all of us on Saturday, October 3, 2105 from 11:00 am -6:00 pm. Pete the Cat who will be present for storytimes and photo ops. They’ll have pre-Christmas specials and organic gourmet popsicles from the Mom & Pop Shop Truck!

  • Pete the Cat storytimes are scheduled at 11:00 am & 2:00pm

  • Mom & Pop Shop Truck will be present from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm

  • Every customer will receive a coupon to use on another day in October

Once Upon a Storybook is located in the Enderle Shopping Center at 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled celebration!


Crayon Spectacular

 IMG_20150116_123337My favorite Children’s book store, Once Upon a Storybook will host a Crayon Spectacular on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Due to the popularity of this event from last month, they have decided to offer it again!

Join in for 1 1/2 hours of fun with pictures, a live Crayon Character, crayon books, and multiple crayon crafts. This event is appropriate for ages 5+ without a parent, ages 4 and under w/a parent. An RSVP is a must! This class will fill up!!

  • When: Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Once Upon a Story Book, 17300 East 17th Street #C, Tustin CA 92780
  • Cost: $10.00 per child

Princess Parables Tea Party


Once Upon A Storybook invites you and your daughter to this sweet mother/daughter event “Princess Parables Tea Party with Jeanna Young”.

Come and enjoy a talk about manners and Godly character from local author Jeanna Young. Enjoy a lovely tea and with a live princess while Jeanna reads and signs some of her books from the Princess Parables series.

This event is best suited for girls ages 4+. There is no cost for this event, but it is important to make a reservation! Please call 714-669-4377.

  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, 17300 E. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

Claire Keane at Once Upon a Storybook

Book Signing with Disney Animator, Claire Keane

Come to my favorite children’s bookstore, Once Upon A Storybook, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, as Disney animator, Claire Keane, will showcase her new picture book, “Once Upon A Cloud”.

If your kids are familiar with Disney’s “Frozen” and “Tangled” movies, than you don’t want to miss this event. Claire made significant contributions to these recent hits. Bring the kids to see her incredible work.

Claire will read and sign any books purchased at this event. Please call the store to let them if you plan on attending. 714-669-4377

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  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, 17300 E 17th St #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

P.J. Party tonight!

Come to a PJ Party with Sheri Fink tonight, Friday, May 1, 2015 from  

Get you p.j’s on and attend this cozy party, they’ll have popcorn, treats, and some empowering stories from the sparkly and whimsical Sheri Fink.

Sheri will also be available to sign any books you purchase.

Once Upon A Storybook is located at: 17300 E 17th St #C, Tustin, CA 92780


Festival of Books

LAFestivalofBooksLos Angeles TIme’s signature event, the Festival of Books is this weekend, April 18th & 19th at USC. The Festival of Books is a family-friendly celebration of Books, Art, Travel, Music and Food.


Artists’ Row showcases all types of artists such as: photographers, Illustrators, mixed media and more. The Travel Smart Stage will offer travling tips and tricks. Music will be provided on the L.A. Sound Stage with Castro, a post-punk/new wave band, reggae/ska artist Jackie Mendez, and Ethio Cali, featuring Ethiopian jazz. Some of amazing chefs on the Cooking Stage such as: Pauley Perrette, Food Network and Cooking Channel star; Zoe Nathan, Matthew Kenney and plenty of food trucks.

 Make sure to visit Natural History Museum’s booth and get your nature eyes on! Meet a live animal, hear author talks and get your books signed. Learn how to draw dinosaurs and Dinosaur Encounters.

For complete details and schedule of events visit the Festival of Books website.


Buster the Little Garbage Truck


Bring the kids to this fun book signing event at Once Upon A Storybook, Marcie Berneger, author Buster the Little Garbage Truck, shares how to overcome your biggest fears with the help of Buster, the Little Garbage Truck!

Along with the book signing, the local refuse company will be providing coloring books, squishy garbage truck toys, and a REAL garbage truck right of the store!

Kindly RSVP for this event at 714-669-4377.

  • Once upon a Storybook, 17300 e. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

Children’s Book Day

Join Once Upon A Storybook as they celebrate International Children’s Book Day all day on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from  – 

All across the United States, independent bookstores, schools, and libraries will be celebrating Children’s Book Day! Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

  • When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 from 10:00 am -7:00 pm
  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, 17300 E. 17th Street #C Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Time to get Fancy!

It’s time to get fancy with Fancy Nancy! Celebrate in style with Fancy Nancy story and activities based on the her marvelous books.


These are just a few of books that my daughters have had signed by the fabulous Illustrator, Robin Preiss-Glasser. These signed books are  prized possessions that keep residence in a separate book shelf. One of things I’ve always loved about Fancy Nancy books is the very clever way of introducing vocabulary.

Come in your finest attire. “Attire” is just a Fancy Nancy word for clothes – so wear your feather boas, diamond necklaces, and tiaras, Ooh-la-la!

For kids ages 3-10. Free. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  • When: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM
  • Where: Irvine University Park Library, 4512 Sandburg Way, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 949-786-4001, with any questions

To get your fancy girls ready to for this fantastic event, visit Fancy Nancy World. This website is filled with fun games, crafts, songs, party planners and apps.

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Calling all Mad Scientist

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Hey there Mad Scientist and Mad Scientist in the making, there’s a special treat coming up, A Whale of Tale Children’s Bookshoppe & Mission Viejo Library would like to invite you to meet Jon Scieszka of the Frank Einstein Series.

Jon Scieska will be at Mission Viejo City Hall on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation, question & answers and book signing.

Get your “Mad Scientist” costumes on  for a chance to win a prize during an  entertaining presentation from author Jon Scieszka as he introduces you to his two most recent books “Frank Einstein and the Animatter Motor and “frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger” (Affilate links)

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Jon has over 11 million books sold and has the website which focuses on getting boys interested in reading by providing a web-based literacy program for boys (but girls will love it too).

  • When: Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Where: Mission Viejo City Hall, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA

  • Cost: FREE

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Books purchased onsite will receive priority book signing. Call the children’s desk 949-830-7100 ext. 5107 or email to reserve seats.