Warm Winter Greetings!
Is it December already? With a chill in the air, maybe even the promise of rain, and the warm & wonderful gift of surrounding ourselves with loved ones and new books to love. Surround yourself with art, whimsy & heart (now 3 sizes bigger, thanks to The Grinch): Dr. Seuss deluxe picture books are now 20% off!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss featured titles
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
Horton Hears a Who
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
If I Ran the Circus
The Lorax
The Sneetches and other Stories
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
Yertle the Turtle
$16.99 deluxe hardbacks Now 20% off = $13.59 each
If I Ran the Circus
IWe're bidding a fond farewell to our inventory of Putumayo world music CDs. It's the last chance to find these great stocking stuffers here at Bluestocking Books.. Regularly $14.95, now $12 each or 3 for $33 (while supplies last). Our favorites: Vintage Latino, Blues Party, Jazz Cafe, selections like Hawaiian Playground and French Dreamland for kids, and many more. They go to make room for all the new delights of 2019.
Get ready for some fun in Hillcrest! Balboa Park December Nights on Fri Dec 7 & Sat Dec 8 is a celebration of world cuisine and music. Come and see us while you're in the neighborhood!
Fabulous Hillcrest Taste 'n' Tinis on Thurs Dec 13 gets shoppers & diners in the holiday spirit with delicious drinks & sumptuous small bites on a self-guided tour through Uptown.. When you're ready for a calorie-free but satisfying book, take a break by browsing the stacks and exploring here at Bluestocking Books.
Book Drive for Babies
Our annual Reach Out and Read Book Drive for babies is in full swing. We're collecting new books for tiny tots participating in the UCSD High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program, who will receive your gift at their periodic pediatric check-ups. It's a fact: reading to babies prepares them for school success and boosts their social skills. We have nicely-priced baby board books or we can pick out books for you in the amount you want to give. Make a baby smile today by gifting them with a very special book!
There's still time to special order new books for Holiday Gift-Giving! For best results, order by Tuesday Dec 18 at 5pm... Many treasures await you here in the bookshop and we make recommendations too! We'll be open until 3pm on Dec 24 and open until 5pm on Dec 31. But wait: see you in the stacks on New Year's Day noon-5pm. Thank you, 2018 and Welcome, 2019!
Kris, Tom, Dawn & Mary
Bluestocking Books / (619) 296-1424 | [email protected]
Bluestocking Books 3817 5th Ave San Diego CA 92103
Sun 9am - 5pm Mon-Thurs 11am - 7pm Fri & Sat 9am - 9:30pm
Dec 24 11am-3pm Closed Christmas Day
Dec 31 11am-5pm
New Year's Day Jan 1 2019 noon-5pm Wishing you a warm & wonderful Holiday!
More about our Book Drive for Tots!
Every fall and winter we participate in a  Reach Out and Read Book Drive to benefit tots participating in the UCSD High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program. The doctors estimate they hand out 300 books per year. With the generous contributions, of our customers and friends in our 2017-2018 cycle we collected 125 books: 20 more than the previous year's year's total! Yay! Even when we're not actively promoting our yearly book drive, we will never say no to folks who want to continue to give throughout the year to this very worthy cause. In fact, as of late summer 2018 we have already collected 22 books to get a healthy start on on the Book Drive which officially starts on  November 24. If you'd like to give a book to a kid who needs one, ask a Bluestocking, and thanks!
What can we do for you?

We want to be your go-to neighborhood bookshop, wherever you are. We special order books (new and used), can ship to you and your loved ones in the U.S. and worldwide (join our free shipping club for domestic orders - see below :D*

To see what we have in stock, check our website where we refresh our inventory daily. A small percentage of used items do not appear online, nor do our new titles, so please give us a call or email [email protected] and we'll check the stacks. 
We offer trade credit for books you bring in which we feel our customers will love. The trade credit you earn provides a discount towards purchase of other books and items in the store. If you're getting a used book, the trade credit can pay for up to 50% while trade credit pays for up to 25% of the price of new books, gift items & special orders. Give your gently used books a new life by passing them along to other book lovers. And find some new-to-you treasures!
:D* Join our Free Shipping Club! With your $50 yearly membership, send books with USPS media rate to friends and loved ones throughout the US and at military bases. ($50= 12 regular single book shipments). We ship with clean packing materials and reuse paper and cardboard to reduce impact on our world. Plus, with your name in our database you are racking up an additional 7.5% off your purchases with continued shopping. If you like shopping local & want to turn friends and family on to Bluestokcing Books, we want you in our club!
to read about order trade credit policy
Would you like a book? Human interaction is easy! Call and ask about anything or for more details on a current listing here at the website :D

We may not always have the perfect book in stock but we can usually order one. If you're looking for a favorite edition of a treasured book to share with a loved one, maybe a next generation New Reader, this is the perfect time to order for the Holidays... or maybe get a li'l something as a special gift for Yourself!
We are a "brick-n-mortar" REAL BOOKSHOP where magical life-changing books are discovered, toddlers squeal in delight at the sight of a book they recognize, old friends strolling together find common loves in literature & history, true loves meet and dogs sit politely for a treat. Yes, there are random philosophical quotes uttered aloud and books recommended by friends and strangers alike. We are community whether we know you or not, fellow reader and booklover: welcome to our tradition! Our street address has housed a bookstore since 1967; the 3rd owner & staff (for ~19 years now!) intend to carry on the full-service neighborhood bookshop customs as long as there is a demand. We stock mostly used books and order both new and used books -just inquire. We have regular deliveries for the classic reprints and new releases. 
Hours of operation are:
       11am-7pm Monday - Thursday
       9am-9:30pm Friday & Saturday
       9am-5pm Sundays 
3817 Fifth Avenue 
San Diego CA, 92103 

If you can't find what you like please fill out our off-line search form and we will search our off-line inventory, other bookstores and book search services for you. Or just give us a ring! Thanks - BsB