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Happy National Reading Month: Check out these Neighborhood Favorite bookstores

Written by Nick Brinkerhoff

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is hailed as National Reading Month to encourage people of all ages to sit down, grab a book, and read. In celebration of this month, we’ve compiled a list of five Neighborhood Favorite bookstores in the United States based on votes from neighbors like you on Nextdoor. Even better, every bookstore on our list is a local business, so not only will you better your mind, but your community too!

Whether you’re a bookworm or an avid magazine reader, these local bookstores have something for everyone:

BookPeople – Austin, TX

BookPeople is an independent bookstore that has been serving Texans since 1970, providing the Austin community with a great selection of books, author signings, and a welcoming place to enjoy reading. Texans aren’t the only ones that love this bookstore– some of the most influential authors as well as former Presidents have made BookPeople a required stop while in the state. They are clearly doing something right, as BookPeople was voted a Neighborhood Favorite in 210 Austin neighborhoods.

Browseabout Books – Rehoboth Beach, DE

This bookstore was founded by Steve and Barbara Crane and has been serving its Rehoboth Beach community since 1975. They have more than just books, too– neighbors come to check out their wide selection of toys, stationery and unique gifts. This independent bookstore has loyal customers that come by year after year for its fun and friendly environment. Now third and fourth-generations are shopping here!

Green Apple Books – San Francisco, CA

It will come to no surprise to any San Franciscan to see Green Apple Books being recognized as a Neighborhood Favorite. Richard Savoy founded Green Apple Books in 1967 when he was 25 years old. With a deep love of books, he signed a lease in a pre-1906 earthquake building in the Richmond District where it still stands today. Green Apple has withstood big-box competitors by its varying product mix, and without losing its remarkable selection of quality books (and even music!) across all subjects.

Anderson’s Bookshop – Downers Grove, IL

Anderson’s is a true family-run business, currently operated by the 6th generation and in its 143th year of business. Anderson’s has a wide collection of books for all ages, and holds many signings and author events every month. When you are the Chicago area, make sure to stop by one of its three locations in Downers Grove, Naperville, or La Grange.

Auntie’s Bookstore – Spokane, WA

If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, Auntie’s is not one to miss. Serving its community since 1978, they carry both new and used books, stationary, and Spokane specialty items. Auntie’s also has a program where you can donate gently-used books for in-store credit. They can special order books for you that come in two days or less. No wonder it’s a Neighborhood Favorite in 125 Spokane neighborhoods.

In need of a new book to enjoy this National Reading Month? Check out your Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite bookstores by visiting nextdoor.com/favorites or tapping the heart icon on your Nextdoor app.

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