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  • Writer's pictureSJ Winkler

Book News: Meet the Bookstores Carrying EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS

After an exciting book birthday on September 20th, 2022 for Katie Otey's debut picture book EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS, it's been a pleasant surprise to see so many independent bookstores choosing to stock copies of this heartwarming story.

After his parents' divorce, a young biracial child spends every other Christmas celebrating the differing traditions between the African American and Colombian sides of his family.

A big thank you to the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators ( for including Every Other Christmas in their Recommended Reading List for December 2022!

View their list here.

Each logo in this article will take you directly to their online shops. Try checking them out every season of the year!

“Unapologetically Black-owned, family-run and operated. MahoganyBooks is a local independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. We take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals.”

"Storytime every Saturday at 10:30am! The Frugal Frigate is an independent children’s bookstore located in Historic Downtown Redlands, California. The Frugal Frigate has been a part of the community for over 30 years, established in 1988. In our brick & mortar location, we proudly offer the best in both new titles and beloved favorites of children’s literature. We have a refreshing selection of books for children to young adults, and we also carry a selection of plush toys, journals, stationery, cards, a build-a-stuffie workshop, and all sorts of things to stir the imagination."

"Located in Redmond's historic downtown area, Herringbone Books is a proudly independent, family-oriented bookstore featuring a unique blend of bestsellers, regional titles, children’s books, toys, games and gift items.”

"A tiny bookstore in the Seahurst section of Burien, WA." works to connect readers with independent booksellers all over the world. ‍We believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and we're committed to helping them thrive. Every purchase on the site financially supports independent bookstores. Our platform gives independent bookstores tools to compete online and financial support to help them maintain their presence in local communities.”

“IndieBound is a “local first” shopping movement and a network of hundreds of independent bookstores sharing book recommendations and connecting readers and authors.”

Inklings Bookshop is a community bookstore established in 2000. We offer a variety of subjects: fiction, children's board books, picture books and early readers, young adult, travel, science, religion and philosophy, self-help, history, cooking, home and garden, poetry, humor, regional, family, reference, photography and art, etc.”

"Auntie's Bookstore is Spokane's literary landmark! We are a full-service independent bookstore that carries both new and used books, greeting cards, t-shirts, Spokane specialty items and other gifts to bring home for yourself or your favorite bibliophile. We offer bookstore credit for your gently used books. We hold events, signings, and so much more! Our booksellers love books and are looking forward to helping you find your next great read. If you're looking for a book and we don't have it in stock, we can get most orders in just a few days."

"For over twenty-seven years, this space of ours has been a vital part of the literary and cultural fabric of the East Bay. This place that we call home, it’s always changing. Industries rise and fall. People come and go. And the ground itself moves under our feet. This bowling alley turned bookstore, has been a community sounding board about these changes. A safe place in their midst. A discovery zone in their wake. In short, one of the best damn neighborhood bookstores you’re likely to find. Are we proud of this fact? You bet. But it’s not and has never been about us. Who are we? We’re glad you asked. We are East Bay Booksellers, and we are your neighborhood bookstore."

"Sandman Books is a local bookstore in Punta Gorda, Florida. Family owned and operated, staffed by volunteers, with a friendly cat in residence. We have over 100,000 used and new books in stock, as well as a very nice selection of gifts, puzzles, games, and apparel. Our rare book room contains a variety of unusual titles, some of which date as far back as the 1600s. If you're looking for something special, let us know! We will be happy to check on it for you."

"Voted Australia's favorite bookstore by Australian Book Buyers."

For those who prefer bigger stores, Every Other Christmas is also available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Target.

Samantha J. Winkler is a writer, illustrator, and mixed-media artist in love with nature, fantasy, absurdist humor, and the unexplained.


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