National Independent Bookstore Day marks its second year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on April 30th, with literary parties around the country. The day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. Last year participating bookstores saw an average increase in sales of 70% on Independent Bookstore Day.
Independent Bookstore Day is proud to announce a selection of exclusive books and art pieces for Bookstore Day 2016. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, on April 30. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.
Children’s items include:
- Raymie Nightingale
○ A special signed & numbered edition of the new novel by two-time Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo. Includes a special note from Kate.
- Draw Me!
○ Draw Me! includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters like Mo Willem’s Pigeon, Curious George, Fly Guy, and many more.
- X is For…”
○ This vinyl record companion to the New York Times bestselling Rad American Women A-Z features Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit and is great for kids of all ages.
- Duck & Goose Print
○ This wonderful pro-reading, pro-friendship print was drawn especially for Bookstore Day by Tad Hills, the bestselling creator of the Duck & Goose books.
- Neil Gaiman Coloring Book
○ This book features colorable illustrations by Chris Riddell from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk.
- Curious George® plush doll
○ This collectable Curious George® plush doll sports a t-shirt that reads READ TO ME on the front and the IBD logo on the back.
Adult items include
- A $6 Story from Ann Patchett
○ The first in what is sure to become a favorite IBD series, $6 Story: The Care & Feeding of an Independent Bookstore by Ann Patchett includes three instructive essays and is signed by Ann Patchett.
- Literary Tea Towels
○ This set of two 100% cotton flour sack tea towels feature quotes on reading from David Mitchell and Anna Quindlen.
- Perfect Burger Print
○ A limited, signed print, this beautifully illustrated guide to making the perfect burger from Anthony Bourdain is perfect for hanging in your kitchen.
- Bad Citizen Stencil
○ The third edition of our collectable Bad Citizen stencil series features Fran Lebowitz’s quote: “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
- Bookstore Cats Pouch
○ This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch was designed by Out of Print and featuring portraits of real bookstore cats.
This year, stores will also feature a selection of free items from Brandon Sanderson and Terry Tempest Williams.
For a list of participating bookstores in New York city click here.