We are fortunate to live close to southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore, Vroman's. It has a lovely second floor devoted to children's books, and Claire and I like to go poke around it sometimes for fun. It's one of those places that has a lot to look at, and you don't need to actually buy anything to enjoy it. (Although we usually leave with something or other.) Claire and I spent some time there yesterday while we were waiting to meet Bob for dinner.
I should mention that Claire used one of her birthday gift certificates to buy herself a pair of fake glasses. She was trying them out yesterday, and is quite taken with them. I didn't let her wear them to school this morning, but she has plans to put them on as soon as she gets home.