Books Are Essential - A Blog

April 7, 2020

By now we have all begun to adapt to our collective situation and discover new ways of being together as a community. Our friends, our families, our communities sustain us and give us strength. We know Children's Book World has been a source of community for many people over our three decades and we want you to know that we are still her for all of our friends and families. We have had to close our store temporarily but we can still ship books right to your home. We have also harnessed our book expertise to create curated lists of books that we think you and your family will enjoy. In times of trouble and turmoil books and knowledge are essential.

Here are some of the exciting things to keep an eye out for while browsing our site. 

Tribute to Tomie dePaola Beloved children's book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola passed away this week and the world of children's literature lost one of its shining lights. Here is his story, as presented (in transcript) on The NPR Morning Edition by reporter Petra Mayer for NPR News, and a sampling of his beloved books available for ordering.   


Publishers and Creators Provide At-Home Activities for Kids

So many creators of children's books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects. Some are doing the equivalent of a school visit with a presentation and slide show. Visit the Remote Learning Activities on our website to find links to a variety of resources for you and your family. This page is updated frequently.

Here's a sampling of links you'll find:

Dav Pilkey at home 

LACMA at home     

Rafael López coloring pages

Aquarium of the Pacific online

Special thank you to the SCBWI for their immensely helpful list of 

Remote Learning Resources.  


Stay Engaged with Children's Book World while we are temporarily closed.

Our physical store will be closed until the "Stay At Home" order has been lifted. Until then, we will be accepting online orders for shipping only; sorry, store pick-up is not available while we are closed. We will be responding to emails regularly, but your patience is appreciated. Our amazing booksellers are staying home, so if you have questions or need help in ordering online, please email us at

Ordering Online

While the bookstore is closed our website orders will be filled by our distribution partner INGRAM. Please keep the following in mind when placing an order:

  • Transactions must be $75 or less, before tax and shipping. Multiple orders are welcome as long as each order does not exceed $75
  • billing and delivery addresses must match
  •  the comments/notes section must be blank, or your order will be canceled. 
  • some titles may be unavailable
  • orders cannot combine forthcoming books (books not yet published) with books that are currently available
  • orders for Gift Certificates cannot combine with books

These guidelines are mandated by our distributor; we apologize for any inconvenience.


Looking for book recommendations? We have them! Curated Book Lists!

Visit our homepage menu for book recommendations! Here are some of the brand new lists we have compiled:

Just Released Kids' Picture & Board Books

Just Released Kids' Fiction & Nonfiction

Just Released Teen & Adult Books

April is Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse

Kids' Books in Spanish & Bilingual Spanish/English

Middle Grade Fiction We Love

Board Books from Birth to Age 3

Graphic Novels

Adult Fiction & Nonfiction


Klutz Activities and Crafts

And many more. We are updating and expanding these lists all the time, so check them often!

We can't thank you enough

for all of your support for Children's Book World

and shopping with independence!

New Must Read Books!

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing Cover Image
Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger Cover Image
Abby, Tried and True Cover Image
Amber and Clay Cover Image
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories Cover Image
Charlie Thorne and the Lost City Cover Image
Dog Man: Mothering Heights: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #10) Cover Image
The Dangerous Gift (Wings of Fire, Book 14) Cover Image