I have always loved bookstores— especially the small, independent bookshops in little nooks and crannies.
The ones made with brick and mortar on downtown streets with glass window fronts with pleasant displays of books and more books that beg you to visit.
The sound of a bell’s chime 🔔 when you enter the door 🚪 with a smiling face to welcome you into the little world filled of whimsical fantasy and fiction, true stories of heroes and the woe begotten, survivors and foreign places.
There is also a smell of a bookshop that quenches my senses. The smell of timelessness and wonder.
Now that I am on my journey introducing the children of my home state of North Carolina to my book— Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck— I am getting to visit so many wonderful Indie bookstores and it makes my heart so happy.
The best part is meeting so many wonderful people… bookshop owners (living out their own dreams), beautiful children, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles— and their friends.
I have made so many new friends across North Carolina in such a short time and cannot wait to make more!
I learn so much about them and the community where they live. It is rewarding and enriching to my life.
I love to hear, and see their reactions to my book when I have the honor of reading to them.
Joy surrounds me! It gives me hope and peace to be in their presence. What a blessing it is in my life. ❤️
The partnership of creating events at bookstores is a two-way street. Not only does it allow me to present my book to potential readers, but it brings people into bookstores. In a world of technology, it is so nice to unplug and spend some quality time reading, interacting, crafting, communicating, and getting to know the people of North Carolina better— and my city of Fayetteville, NC.
So, go visit your local bookstores!
Support local shop owners and authors. Feed your child’s brain with literature, and real interactions with your fellow neighbors.
The benefits of this ageless pastime are ten folds the rewards of not taking the thirty minutes out of your day to visit a bookshop.
And, come see me at the bookstore!
Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Author, Blogger, Podcaster, Artisan, Milspouse
Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.