THE TINIEST BOOKSHOP: How a Small Bookstore Keeps Growing

It all started with a bus full of books. About two years ago, Kaitlynn Perry converted a school bus into a bookstore and drove it around Savannah and Tybee Island. It was originally intended as a side project, but quickly evolved into much more. 

Perry, a history lover originally from West Virginia, moved to Savannah to study archeology and went to Georgia Southern University. She worked for a few years as an archeologist, but plans changed when her Books Bus started taking center stage. “Last year, I was about to start applying to PhD programs and I reevaluated my life a little bit and I realized I didn't really want to be in academia for the rest of my life, and the Books Bus was going so well. So, I decided to just drop everything and focus everything into that and see what happened,” Perry said.  

What happened was not just the ongoing success of her Books Bus, but the inception of her first brick and mortar—the Tiniest Bookshop. Located on River Street, the bookstore spans only 150 feet and has been open about two months. 

click to enlarge THE TINIEST BOOKSHOP: How a Small Bookstore Keeps Growing
Beach Read Bookshop plans to open mid-November 2023.

Now, Perry plans to take up another tiny space, this time on Tybee Island called Beach Read Bookshop. The shop is slated to open in mid-November, right across from Huc-A-Poos Bites and Boos. She believes these small spaces have the potential for a large impact. 

“I'm very passionate about giving back and I'm also queer and disabled owned and operated and I like to make sure that my bases are a safe place for the LGBT community and I want to give back as much as I can.”

Her efforts are far-reaching and support a variety of causes in our community that go well beyond the four walls of her bookshop. Soon, Perry plans to start a program where a portion of the sales from used books that are donated to the shop support local nonprofits. She plans to partner with Savannah LGBTQ Shelter, Renegade Paws Rescue and more. 

Perry enjoys bringing more literacy to the community and said it can influence every other aspect of one’s life.“It is tied to absolutely everything and so the support of literacy in the community and having a place where people can come in that are independently owned bookstores, and they can get recommendations and they can have that community support, I think is so important.” 

To find out more information on the Tiniest Book Shop, visit or @thebooksbus.

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