Independent Bookstore Day 2021

Event date: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 9:00am
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. 

Independent Bookstore Day Saturday, April 24, 2021

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

What's happening at Once Upon A Time?

All Day: Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items for sale (while supplies last)

All Day: Treats, goodies, and prizes!

All Day: Free select audiobooks from our partners at

All Day: Time with our bookstore kitty, Pippi 

Noon:  Caldecott-Honor illustrator LeYuen Pham - LIVE / INPERSON / Outside & Socially Distanced Booksigning

Free Audiobooks from

When you spend $15 or more at your bookstore between April 24th and 26th, you can get one of these audiobooks for free from Learn more at

Graphic reading: “Independent Bookstore Day. When you spend $15 or more at your bookstore between April 24th and 26th, you can get one of these audiobooks for free from Learn more at” Features a grid of audiobook covers for Libertie, Hummingbird Salamander, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, Lost in the Never Woods, Firekeeper's Daughter, Amari and the Night Brothers, Act Your Age, Eve Brown, Concrete Rose, We Keep the Dead Close, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, Remote Control, and How to Resist Amazon and Why.

ABCs of Black History Poster Baby Yoda Onesie in deep green showing baby Yoda reading with the Read it is the way in light green

In-store purchases given priority for exclusive items. Inventory updated nightly.

SKU: 9781419750915a
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Bear Came Along Cover Image
By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316464475
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678883
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

Real Friends Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626727854
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

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Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)

This book is so lovely and soft-spoken, but packs a powerful and beautiful message. A young boy visits his grandfather, and while the two do not speak the same language, they find communication through things even more powerful than words: art, family, and love. This book is so magical, taking us through this journey of discovery with stunning artwork.

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel