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The Frugal Frigate, a Children’s Bookstore


Echoing the charm of 19th century Redlands, a vintage carriage house provides the setting for The Frugal Frigate, a Children’s Bookstore. Our delightful bookstore has a unique atmosphere and history with its original brick walls covered with hundreds of signed posters of visiting authors and illustrators.

Imagine sitting and reading among solid wood shelves filled to the rafters with children’s books –among them; Caldecott, Newbery, first editions and out-of-prints. These riches are mixed together in a wonderful treasure hunt for book lovers.

We invite you to enjoy the adventure of roaming the alcoves and aisles selecting that perfect book or special gift. Drop by, relax and read in a comfy armchair surrounded by autographed books or explore the loft filled with poetry and the classics. Discover the science room with hundreds of books, eco-friendly science kits, dinosaurs and lizards. For the littlest ones, the toddler room is full of board books, plush and puzzles. Don’t forget to let them all enjoy a tea party under the stairs!


Locally Owned and Independently Operated


As you can see, The Frugal Frigate, A Children’s Bookstore is a well-established brick and mortar bookstore catering exclusively in children’s books. It has continuously served the Redlands community and surrounding Inland Empire since it officially launched in 1988. Everything old is new again; our appearance remains the same as when the doors first opened. We are still community-based, locally owned and independently operated by Gay Kolodzik. Our excellent staff is knowledgeable and eager to assist you in finding just the right book. We offer baby shower and gift registries, free custom gift wrap, and bookstore visits. If there is a special event coming up for that young person, inquire about our party planning. Drop by on Saturday’s for a children’s storytime and check our calendar for other activities such as book signings, Summer Kid’s Camp and more.


Our Commitment to our Customers


Our vision is to help grow young minds through words and illustrations by providing reading enjoyment with physical books within an actual bookstore environment. Our goal is to broaden the education of youth and support educators, parents and the community toward these efforts. We are committed to creating an atmosphere and shopping experience everyone will enjoy and provide a place where you will be proud to bring family, friends and “out-of-towners” to browse, enjoy and purchase children’s books.
Please wander through the pages of our website as you would our store; there are lots of treasures to find!




The Frugal Frigate is a product of the community and created by lovers of children’s literature who recognize how a book can stimulate a child’s imagination, introduce them to the world around them and ingrain a greater desire toward learning.



To stay a positive influence on children through literature by providing a unique environment that encourages having fun and learning, while reading a printed book. To maintain a physical bookstore where parents, educators, writers and artists can find the home where their literary passions live.



Become a recognized leader in advancing the community effort to promote childhood reading by increasing community involvement, building a strong and relevant online presence and maintaining a brick-and-mortar bookstore with the purpose of putting a physical book in a child’s hands.

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry –

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll –

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears a Human soul.