How great is your love for indie bookstores?

Show your indie bookstore love.

Visit each of Charlotte’s fiercely independent bookstores in the month of April.
Fill your Book Crawl passport with stamps from each bookstore.
Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day with your completed passport for a special edition Book Crawl vinyl decal.

How it works

April 1st – April 29th, 2023

Grab your 2023 Book Crawl passport
Download and print your own passport, or pick up a passport at any participating indie bookstore starting April 1.

Fill your Book Crawl passport with stamps
Visit bookstores and stamp your passport! Earn a passport stamp at each bookstore that you visit. Fill your passport to earn prizes.

Get your prize on Independent Bookstore Day
Bring your passport to your final bookstore stop on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 for a limited edition 2023 Book Crawl Finisher’s sticker.
Watch our Instagram feed for the design announcement!

Grand Prize Giveaway
Finishers can enter to win a gift card to each 2023 bookstore. Submit a photo of the completed passport by Sunday, April 30th, 2023 to enter.

Do some good
Help us end book deserts in Charlotte by donating to our month-long book drive for Promising Pages. Purchase books to donate at participating stores. Or bring very gently used children’s books for our donation bins.

Participating Bookstores in 2023

  • Urban Reader, Charlotte/University City – POP UP SHOP 11 AM – 6 PM

Urban Reader Popup Locations & Dates are:

•April 1 at Holiday Inn Univ Place

•April 5 – 8 at Sonesta Select Univ

•April 12 – 15 at Fairfield In Univ

•April 19 – 22 at Sonest Select Univ

•April 26 – 29 at Sonesta Select Univ

Sonesta Select: 333 West WT Harris Blvd

Holiday Inn: 8520 Univ. Executive Park Dr.

Fairfield Inn: 535 Collins-Aikman Dr

Contribute to our Promising Pages book drive

Purchase books to donate
Each participating indie bookstore will have a selection of Wish List children’s books to purchase and donate to our Promising Pages Book Drive. Donation bins will be located at each participating bookstore. NOTE: Shelves Bookstore hosts a Promising Pages wish list on their website – purchase and donate with a click! #supportlocal

Bring your own gently-used children’s books
Book Crawlers are invited to donate their own (very) gently-used children’s books for preK-5th grade readers to add to our donation bins.

What is Promising Pages?
All children need books in their homes in order to grow academically, but there are an estimated 60,000 children in the Charlotte area living in a book desert. Home libraries are often seen as a luxury for under-resourced children and families in our community. Promising Pages collects new and donated books and distributes them to students and organizations, with the goal of eliminating the book desert and providing a free resource to those that need it most.

Chart your journey

Click or tap the map to open Book Crawl map.