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.
Earn a passport stamp for every indie bookstore you visit.
Make your last stop on Saturday, April 29th, 2023.
Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day with your passport for quirky perks and bragging rights.

How we’re crawlin’

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
Earn a stamp at each of the eleven participating indie bookstore’s in the Charlotte area when you visit.

Celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day
Bring your passport to your final bookstore stop on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 for quirky perks and an all-day party.

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

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.