About Read With Me
Owner and operator Christine Brenner, a former school librarian and teacher, opened Read With Me in April 2017. Read With Me is a children’s bookstore, workshop, and local art gallery in downtown Raleigh. We have a thoughtful and engaging selection of contemporary, diverse, and high-quality children’s books for readers aged 0-17. In our Creativity Corner, you or your child can develop writing and illustration skills and make book-themed crafts. From book clubs to author and illustrator events, we look forward to helping your child grow to be a reader. Let’s reconnect through the artistry of children’s books.
Introduction by owner, Christine Brenner
For as long as I can remember, I have loved words and the beauty and power they hold. Whether it was poems, short stories or diary entries, I was always writing and absorbing every book I could get my hands on as a child. But my first “true love” moment happened when my fourth-grade teacher gave me The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I fell in love with the language, the story and the adventurous heroine, Lucy, who was the same age I was. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe helped to break down the barriers and limitations in my head as a young girl and made me unafraid to open new doors.
I was fortunate to have teachers who inspired me and to have a family that valued reading and always made sure I had access to books. My early experiences with literacy helped to shape my career and my life, first as a teacher, then a school librarian, then a stay-at-home mom and now the owner of a children’s bookstore. I want to to share my passion for children’s literature and the importance of early literacy. I envision Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop as a place where everyone is welcome and where visitors feel inspired to meet a new friend — real or imagined.
We're so grateful when someone takes notice of our little shop. Here are a few mentions we've received in the media:
Forbes - 10 2019 Children’s Book Recommendations From Children’s Bookstores https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelkramerbussel/2019/09/04/10-2019-childrens-book-recommendations-from-childrens-bookstores/#67de118b3691
WRAL Go Ask Mom - Read With Me teams up with year-old nonprofit playspace, art studio https://www.wral.com/read-with-me-teams-up-with-year-old-nonprofit-playspace-art-studio/18649564/
visitRaleigh - The Best Places to Shop in Downtown Raleigh, N.C. https://www.visitraleigh.com/plan-a-trip/visitraleigh-insider-blog/post/the-best-places-to-shop-in-downtown-raleigh-nc/
WRAL Go Ask Mom - Picture books to YA: Keep the kids reading this summer with these top children's book picks from Read With Me https://www.wral.com/picture-books-to-ya-keep-the-kids-reading-this-summer-with-these-top-children-s-book-picks-from-read-with-me/18495339/
Due South - Getting Creative At Read With Me Bookstore In Raleigh, NC https://duesouth.media/getting-creative-at-read-with-me-bookstore-in-raleigh-nc/
Due South - Our Three Favorite Bookstores In Raleigh, North Carolina
USA Today - 17 kids books to read for Black History Month from board titles to young adult
CBS17 - Durham Man to have book launched into International Space Station
Raleigh Tot Spots - Local Business Spotlight: Read with me – A Children’s Book and Art Shop
Publishers Weekly - Behind the Counter at America’s Smallest IndieBookstores: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/77507-behind-the-counter-at-america-s-smallest-indie-bookstores.html
WRAL Go Ask Mom- "7 ways to encourage kids to read every day this summer" https://www.wral.com/7-ways-to-encourage-kids-to-read-every-day-this-summer/17589282/
Triangle Crew - Triangle Crew Award for Community Enhancement - https://trianglecrew.org/about/awards
Lonely Planet "9 children's bookstores worth traveling for": https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/9-childrens-bookstores-worth-traveling-for/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d275524b?utm_campaign=article&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=9%20childrens%20bookstores%20worth%20traveling%20for
Triangle Today - "Children’s bookstore is a dream come true for local educator": http://www.triangletoday.com/local-leaders/childrens-bookstore-is-a-dream-come-true-for-local-educator-5723/
Indie Spotlight: Read With Me, a Children’s Book and Art Shop, Raleigh, NC: http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/06/indie-spotlight-read-me-children/
Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2916#m35138
Triangle Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/01/12/mompreneur-to-open-new-children-s-bookstore-in.html