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.