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Judy and Byron Nelson, owners of Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, Inc., have decided that after operating our independent family owned bookstore for 28 years, we will be closing its doors in early January, 2014.

We are tremendously grateful for all the children, parents and educators, who have supported our store over the past three decades. We are honored to have shared our love of children's literature with you.

We recognize that the retail business is changing and now has an emphasis on "big box" discount stores. Additionally, the surge in popularity of online sales and e-books has resulted in enormous changes in the book market.  Mrs. Nelson's is unable to compete with these trends, and we recognize that closing our store is the necessary course of action for us to take.

The closure will affect the La Verne store location only. Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Company and Mrs. Nelson's Library Services, both of which are located in Pomona, will remain open.  Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Company, the fundraising arm of our business, provides book fairs to over 400 schools, reading conferences and festivals, each year. Mrs. Nelson's Library Services offers book ordering, binding and rebinding services, for school and library books.

Our "Store Closing Sale" is in effect now, with all merchandise reduced 50-90%. We hope you'll stop by for something special, and at a great price.

We would like to thank all of you---store staff, (past and present), customers, publishers, booksellers, authors and illustrators---for your support, friendship, and all the wonderful memories you have given us.

With Love,

Judy and Byron Nelson

Owners, Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop


Out of Print Clothing at Mrs. Nelson's!

 Out of Print T-shirts

in Men, Women, and Kid sizes

High-quality t-shirts featuring iconic book covers from classics to quirky favorites. For each shirt sold, Out of Print Clothing donates a book to a community in need in Africa through their partner charity, Books for Africa ( 

Mrs. Nelson's is stocking the full line of book-cover tees in a variety of sizes. Adult sizes are $28 each and children sizes are $22 each. These t-shirts sell fast and we are constantly getting new stock in, so come on in or give us a call to find out what we have on hand.