NZ Bookshop Day 2023 - Join us on Saturday 7th October

1:00 PM, 18 August 2023

NZ Bookshop Day 2023

Bookshop Day 2023 takes place on Saturday 7th October

Bookshop Day is one-day nationwide celebration of all bookstores.

The day aims to highlight the cultural importance of books and bookshops, and celebrate the people that bring the two together, our amazing booksellers.

Booksellers are what make our book-buying experience so special – they are book experts, community champions, and match makers.

Bookshop day started in 2015 and is run by the Booksellers Association of New Zealand to encourage book lovers, like you, to shop at their local bookshop.

We have created a limited-edition tote bag with amazing artwork from Xoë Hall:

These bags will be available to purchase exclusively in-store from bookshops, another excellent reason to visit your local bookshop on Bookshop Day.

Bookshop Activities for NZ Bookshop Day 2023

Visit your local bookshop/s on Saturday 7th October to join the celebrations!

Here's just a sample of the activity happening in bookshops across Aotearoa New Zealand:

The Wairarapa Bookshop Hop – Friday 6th-Sunday 8th October


The Wairarapa Bookshop Hop returns October 6-8, 2023 and this year the Wairarapa’s 12 booksellers will turn on a full weekend of bookish fun for readers in celebration of New Zealand Bookshop Day.

To participate in the Wairarapa Bookshop Hop, “Bookshop Hoppers” collect an official map from any of the participating bookstores. At each store, get a stamp on the map with purchase. Every stamp gives “Hoppers” another entry into the two prize draws totalling $800 in bookshop vouchers.

The organisers also have a special prize of $200 in bookshop vouchers for the best photo taken on the day. Use the hashtags #nzbookshopday and #wairarapabookshophop on Instagram or Facebook so the judges can discover your image.

The Nook Bookshop, Wellsford

The Nook Bookshop is celebrating NZ Bookshop Day on 7 October with an instore event at The Nook in Wellsford

Local woman Sally Greer is a book publisher with Beatnik Publishing. Sally will talk with us about the magic of publishing books in New Zealand

Come for a coffee at 10.15 and from 10.30 we will discover how a book gets to be made.

Bookshop Hop, Auckland


Featuring 9 participating bookshops! Visit as many as you can on the day and be in the draw to win $450 of book tokens. The participating stores are: Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop, Unity Books Auckland, Time Out Bookstore, Dear Reader, Lamplight Books, Paradox Books, The Booklover, Poppies Howick and The Women's Bookshop.


Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop

Come along to the Book Feast! Our mini Children's Book Festival includes Raymond McGrath, Giselle Clarkson and Stuart Lipshaw doing events on the day. We're also doing our annual Book Character Hunt!

Unity Books Wellington


Celebrate with us with the Unity Books NZ Bookshop Day Best Book Ballot! Our booksellers have selcted their picks for the best book ballot for you to vote for on Saturday the 7th of October, in-store. In the lead up, our booksellers will be sharing their picks with you and letting you know why you should vote for their book.

Schrödinger's Books, Petone


Come down to Schrödinger's Books on the first Saturday of October to celebrate New Zealand Bookshop Day!  Our little bookshop by the sea will be doing giveaways, activities, workshops and talks with authors all day!Our special guests include:

- Alan Wade (children's author of the 'Grandma & Grandpa and the Dreaded CurlyWurly Fish' series)

- Moira Wairama (children's author of 'the Taniwha of Wellington Harbour')

- Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (illustrator of 'Stranded')

- Ned Barraud (children's author/illustrator of 'Māngo')

VOLUME, Nelson

Timaru Booksellers, Timaru


We're celebrating bookshop day in Timaru with special guests Andrew Paul Wood (MUP) reading storytime for the kids at 11am and a poetry reading by Rushi Vyas (OUP) and local favourites Liz Breslin (OUP & Dead Bird Books) and Eliana Gray (AUP) at midday. Throughout the day we're giving away lots of books and prizes from local independent shops including Millie Rose and Ice Ice Baby. Bookshop day for us is about celebrating the space we have on the high street and the community around us, so we hope lots of people come out and help us celebrate.

Wardini Books, Havelock North

We're gearing up to celebrate National Bookshop Day on Saturday October 7th and what better way than to decorate our windows with critters created by YOU, but inspired by Nicola Toki's brilliant book, Critters of Aotearoa, illustrated by Lily Duval.Submit your critter any time between now and 2pm on October 7th and go in the draw to win a copy of Critters of Aotearoa and possibly some cool associated stuff!Here's what to do:Draw your critter. It can be a real one, a legendary one, or one that you have made up.Give us a bit of information - any special skills, a latin name, some interesting facts, whatever you like.Give it a rating on the critter attractiveness-ometer with a one sentence reason why you rate it so. Use the example in the book, or in the picture above, to guide you.Bring it in to us and we'll put it in our window display.

more listings to come, check back soon!

Get involved by sharing and tagging your NZ Bookshop Day experiences #nzbookshopday across social media

Fun times from Bookshop Days past

Booksellers members: login to visit the Bookshop Day Members resource page