Best of LA, July 2008

If you were to mash together the best features of a Barnes & Noble (massive size and selection) and a neighborhood independent (friendliness, staffers who actually read), it might look something like Storyopolis. The beloved Studio City children’s bookstore has an enormous story-time room filled with comfortable couches, an art gallery displaying everything from robot sculptures to Gary Baseman prints, and a long wall of kid-lit classics, from Curious George to The Giving Tree. Storyopolis’s claim to fame—besides that time Sarah Ferguson came in and did a reading—is its gift baskets, which include a half-dozen or more books (themes range from “pirate adventure” to “fairy folklore” to Caldecott winners).