Welcome to Bookwinkle's Children's Books

Bookwinkle's Children's Books opens the doorway to reading for children in the village of Mendocino and along the North Coast of California. Located in a small rural area far from the bustle of big cities, we provide an vibrant source of quality reading materials for children, parents and teachers.

The staff of Bookwinkle's is unusually knowledgeable, even for an independent bookstore.  Katy Tahja is a credentialed school librarian who provides advice for parents, teachers, and young readers. Sally Young (sometimes known as Mrs. Bookwinkle) is the founder and former owner of Over the Rainbow, a Southern California bookstore that specialized in children's books and teaching supplies.  Joan Carlson is a retired middle school teacher who also works as a consultant to the educational publishing company Math Solutions.  And several booksellers, including owner Christie Olson Day, offer the special expertise that comes with having young children currently at home! 

Take a look at some of our current favorites:



You Are What You Eat: And Other Mealtime Hazards Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402771309
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sterling - November 2nd, 2010

In this deliciously clever follow-up to Butterflies in My Stomach and Reach for the Stars, our young hero and his loyal dog, Roger, tackle another major aspect of life: eating. Mealtime should be a piece of cake, but this finicky eater eats like a bird. And that drives his mom bananas because he really should have three square meals a day.

The Secret Lives of Princesses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402766770
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sterling - June 1st, 2010

Everything you ever wanted to know about Princesses, but were afraid to ask. PLEASE ... just take a look inside. You will not be disappointed -- discover a whole new world of fascinating ladies. I think I am Princess Oblivia. Who are you? Recommended by Sally.

Word After Word After Word Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060279714
Availability: Backordered
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 18th, 2010

A visiting author encourages a classroom of 4th graders to find their own words and reasons for writing. Five friends find words that stir them in this funny, gentle story for all budding writers. Recommended by Katy.

Incarceron Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803733961
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dial Books - January 26th, 2010

This is my top recommendation for readers who loved The Hunger Games. It has that same combination of rocket-fueled narrative force, big honkin' ideas, and characters that leap off the page. It takes place inside a strange prison that has been sealed for centuries ... and the prison is sentient. I can't wait to read the sequel, Sapphique. Recommended by Christie.