Where’s Waldo?, the iconic children’s book character in the red and white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs, is hiding in 24 local businesses throughout Downtown Washington, and young readers — and those just young at heart — have until July 31 to find him!

Find Waldo Local is a summer activity organized by Neighborhood Reads bookstore to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement. Passports for the activity are available at Neighborhood Reads and other participating stores, as well as online at neighborhoodreads.com.

Anyone can participate with a “Find Waldo Local in Washington!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating locations. Participants visit the sites, locate the 6-inch Waldo figure and get their passports stamped or signed. Collect 20 or more stamps to earn entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31.

Neighborhood Reads will host a Find Waldo Finale party Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. Waldo himself will be on hand to give away prizes, including gift certificates, a season pass to the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair, and a six-volume deluxe set of “Where’s Waldo?” books!

Martin Handford’s “Where’s Waldo?” collections of crowd scenes swept the world in the late 1980s. There are more than 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into more than 32 languages.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, has partnered with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores across the country for hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Washington, contact your local independent bookstore, Neighborhood Reads, at 636-390-9673.