We Educate From The Cradle To The Grave!

About Us

Welcome to DARE Books!

DARE is the acronym for Desmond A. Reid Enterprises. Desmond A. Reid Enterprises was started in the basement of Mr. Reid’s home, in April, 1982, as a response to the lack of books in his children’s school which reflected their experiences and the contributions of people of color, especially African-Americans. DARE Books was born five years later when the bookstore was opened. DARE then absorbed the publishing wing of Theo. Gaus, Ltd. and republished the Black Mother Goose Book and others under its imprint.

Our store is located at 245 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Longwood,  FL 32750 (407-673-3273). We are open for business from Monday to Friday, 10:00-6:00, and on Saturday, 11:00-5:30. We provide books for all ages and all ethnicities, although we specialize in African American literature. As we tend to say, “We educate, from the cradle to the grave.”

We are open to business for individuals, business entities, or government. We can provide one book to a thousand or more books. As a service to our customers, we’ll search our many resources in order to locate books which are not listed on our website or in our store.

We welcome new authors to submit their books, as long as they fit the general criteria of being educational, informative, historical and family oriented.