Island Tales Bookshop

Island Tales Bookshop is a unique children’s book shop located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.  Our quaint little shop is filled with quality children’s literature both new titles and the classics.  We also carry unique and wonderful gifts for those special times in a child’s life.  Additionally, Island Tales offers children’s crafting in our fun arts and crafts room, story time in the book store and event hosting for birthday parties and other special events.  We’ve created this special space to be a place the entire family can enjoy from your littlest ones to their grandmas and grandpas too!

Island Tales Bookshop was first imagined from the creative minds of Donna Mantei and Susan Nielson who met over 17 years ago during their careers as teachers in Newport Beach, CA.  Susan and Donna taught across the hall from each other, and upon meeting they quickly became friends.  Many times throughout their careers, they often talked about the future and how they could continue to have a positive impact on the lives of children and their families after their time in the classroom came to a close.  With their mutual love for reading, as well as their passion and expertise in early childhood education, a children’s bookshop seemed like the perfect answer.