There’s something magical, romantic, and mysterious about exploring bookstores. They hold books about knowledge, romance, history, and fantasy that engage the mind and can send the imagination soaring. Whether you’re looking for a colorful children’s book, a coffee-table book to give as a gift, or a novel to read while relaxing with a cup of tea, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at these five bookstores to explore around the Las Vegas, Nevada, area.

Copper Cat Books

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Bookstore by Rene Schwietzke is licensed with CC BY 2.0

When you’re looking for a diverse range of used books as well as many new releases, head over to Copper Cat Books in nearby Henderson. This small, independently owned bookstore has nonfiction books in categories such as art and art history, theological studies, self-help, and astrology. The fiction sections include mystery, romance, and westerns. Kids will enjoy spending time browsing for books in the children’s section of the bookstore, and teenagers have their own young adult books section. In addition, Copper Cat Books hosts a variety of events, from author book signings to children’s reading groups.

Because Copper Cat Books is primarily a used bookstore, the inventory changes daily with rarely any duplicate titles, so you’ll want to visit the bookstore often to see what books the staff puts on the shelves.

Location: 1570 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 170, Henderson

Contact: 702-567-2666

Bauman Rare Books

Bauman Rare Books is an ultra-exclusive bookstore with only three U.S. locations: Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and New York. The Las Vegas bookstore features a 2,300-square-foot gallery, including a private library where guests can read rare books in a relaxed and opulent atmosphere.

At Bauman Rare Books, you’ll find titles such as the first edition of “Democratie en Amerique” written in 1835, which is considered one of the most important books in political history. Of course, rare book collectors often buy these masterpiece books to add to their collections, so you’ll want to purchase these exclusive books before they disappear from the shelves.

As you browse the selection of categories at this bookstore, you’ll find books on American history, photography, science and natural history, travel and exploration, religion, and much more. After a day exploring several of Las Vegas’s historical parks and sites, pay a visit to Bauman Rare Books to delve into the library and find books that support these historical accounts.

Location: 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 2856, Las Vegas

Contact: 702-948-1617

Dragon Castle Books

If you’re an aficionado of science fiction and graphic novels, you’ll appreciate the collection of these genres of books at Dragon Castle Books. You’ll also find books of all categories at this local bookstore, including those by authors such as Larry McMurtry, Deepak Chopra, and James Michener.

The owners of Dragon Castle Books separate the books by price category, and when you browse the $250 and over category, you’ll find treasure such as “The Zane Grey Omnibus” and Harry Kellar’s “A Magician’s Tour.” Stock on used books changes daily, so check often to find the perfect unusual book to add to your collection or to give as a gift to your favorite eclectic book collector.

Location: 3142 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas

Contact: 702-658-8583

We Are Strength Books

After a wholesome meal at any of these family-friendly restaurants around Las Vegas, take time to visit We Are Strength Books. You’ll find a wide range of book genres at We Are Strength Books, including African American fiction, teen fiction, and contemporary romance novels. You can find autobiographies like “Becoming,” authored by former first lady Michelle Obama, best-selling novels like “Where the Crawdad Sings,” and children’s books like “Hair Like Mine.”

We Are Strength Books offer weekly deals so you can bring home your favorite book or books at a discounted price. For those who appreciate books on religion, there are books on Muslim prayer, women who study the Bible, and illustrated copies of the Holy Quran. Enjoy shopping at We Are Strength Books to find fiction and nonfiction texts to inspire you.

Location: 900 S. Valley View Blvd., Unit #135, Las Vegas

Contact: 725-205-4050

Writer’s Block

The Writer’s Block is one of the premier bookstores in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area. This local bookshop offers young writers’ workshops, field trips, and unique book clubs in its artificial bird sanctuary in downtown Las Vegas. Visit the Writer’s Block and stop by the coffee shop inside to get a hot beverage while browsing the eclectic collection of new and used books.

If you’re looking to join a book club in the Las Vegas area, you’re in luck, because the Writer’s Block offers a variety of book club styles. Embrace your wild side by joining the Bourbon Book Club, where your group reads books on history while sipping on glasses of whiskey. You can also join the Reading Women Book Club to read works of fiction by women authors or the South/West Book Club to have discussions about life in the American Southwest.

The Writer’s Block also holds writing workshops for youngsters 5 to 18 on topics such as poetry, prose, film-making, and podcasting. Kids in kindergarten through grade five can go on Writer’s Block field trips where the youngsters collaborate on the creation of an age-appropriate picture book. The group picks a theme for the book, writes the copy, and illustrates it for a complete project.

Location: 519 Sixth St., Suite 100, Las Vegas

Contact: 702-550-6399

Bookstores are a wonderful way to gain knowledge, delve into other worlds, learn writing skills, and find the best gifts for anyone on your shopping list. Which one of these Las Vegas bookstores is your favorite? Do your kids enjoy spending time in a bookstore looking for a book to buy and bring home? Are there other local bookstores you can recommend that we missed? If so, let our team at Crème de la Crème of Las Vegas (Farm Rd.) know. We always enjoy learning about local establishments we can support.