Find Waldo Local 2024

Where’s Waldo? In Exeter, of course! Celebrating its twelfth anniversary in July 2024, Find Waldo Local has become a beloved summertime event in communities nationwide. This year, Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association are again teaming up with 310 independent bookstores nationwide, including Water Street Bookstore, for some hide-and-seek fun designed to encourage residents to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

Families love joining the scavenger hunt to find the iconic children’s book character, with his red-and-white-striped shirt and black glasses, hidden in twenty-five local businesses. Find Waldo Local is a wonderful way to support the Shop Local movement by increasing foot traffic to a variety of stores. 

To join in the fun, people can simply pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Exeter!” stamp card at Water Street Bookstore. With each miniature Waldo they spot, searchers get their card stamped or signed by the participating shop. Eagle-eyed hunters can also look for Waldo’s special 2024 gold medal hidden in Water Street Bookstore! Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and other prizes. Check back for the date of our Waldo party! 

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then the books have held a cherished place on bookstore shelves, in family libraries, and in classrooms around the world. More than 80 million Waldo books have been sold worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Exeter, call Water Street Bookstore at 603-778-9731. To see a map of all participating stores, visit

Event date: 
Monday, July 1, 2024 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Where's Waldo? By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536210651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - November 12th, 2019