Sandcastle Tales Del Mar Bookstore & Gift Booktique

A Fantastic Selection of Books and Gifts for Children and Parents!

Sandcastle Tales is a family-owned independent bookstore in Del Mar, CA. Located just a few steps from our beautiful beaches and parks, our local bookshop now offers the latest books and gifts for convenient online order. Once the statewide lockdown ends, San Diego children of all ages are welcome to enjoy our fun weekly events such as story time with arts and crafts. As parents, we are thrilled to serve our neighbors and families. There is something special at our store for children, parents, grandparents and the coolest uncles and aunts in our community. As a "booktique" we offer a wide selection of brand new children’s books, from the classics to contemporary favorites. And we have the latest toys, beach apparel, gifts and crafts that help stimulate young minds and provide fantastic literary experiences for the whole family!

What Kind of Book are You Looking For?

Beloved Children's Books

Audio Books

Join Sandcastle Tales to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

Join us for Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, August 29th, a celebration of local, independent bookstores and their communities. This year, bookstores are celebrating with online events. San Diego Indies are having their annual Book Crawl. Check out the Facebook page for the San Diego Book Crawl 2020 here

What is Sandcastle Tales doing for Independent Bookstore Day? We are giving out prizes with purchases and holding a drawing for a groovy Pete the Cat hand puppet! Check Pete out here

Everyone who purchases $30 or more from our online Bookshop or in-person at the Del Mar Farmers’ Market on August 29 will receive a limited edition San Diego Book Crawl pin (while supplies last) designed by Susie Ghahremani. To be entered into the drawing for the groovy Pete the Cat puppet, follow us on Instagram and Facebook and send us an email letting us know that you want to be entered in the drawing and who you are so we can confirm you did all three things (purchase, Facebook, Instagram).

Come visit us in-person at the Del Mar Farmers’ Market on August 29 from 1:00 – 4:00 on the ocean view deck and do some outdoor shopping with an ocean breeze!

Sandcastle Tales Signature Surprise Gift Boxes



Ocean Life


San Diego Press & Updates

We are very thankful to have our Del Mar bookstore featured in local San Diego news such as Del Mar Times and KPBS. Located in the Del Mar beach community of North County San Diego, our bookstore offers award-winning books to help encourage children's imagination and creativity. Our hope is that parents and kids of all ages can benefit from our events, workshops and book club! To see updates and posts, view News & Updates section.