Families can journey to independent bookstores across Massachusetts this summer to find Waldo and celebrate his 30th anniversary.

For the sixth year, bookstores will host Find Waldo scavenger hunts while spreading the "shop local" message in their cities and towns. Over the past five years, Find Waldo Local has become a summer activity staple in more than 450 communities nationwide. Local customers and summer vacationers can stop by participating independent bookstores to pick up a Find Waldo Local guide to search 25 local community businesses joining in the month-long program. Waldo is hidden throughout different downtown shops, and participants are encouraged to search for the elusive character.

To mark this special anniversary year and add a twist, Somerville-based children's book publisher Candlewick Press is adding an additional search-and-find element for fans: Waldo is taking along his girlfriend, Wenda, to keep him company. As Waldo is hidden across different downtown locations, Wenda will be hiding somewhere in the host bookstore, doubling the fun!

Starting July 1, Waldo-spotters can set off to find the elusive character, who is hidden in dozens of downtown businesses on main streets across America. Participants pick up a Find Waldo passport at their local bookstore and collect a store stamp or signature for each Waldo they spot. Grand finale parties with prizes will be held nationally on July 31 by organizing bookstores.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, who held the record for the fastest-selling children's book of all time until Harry Potter arrived on the scene. There are now more than 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they've been translated into over 30 languages. Where You Can Find Waldo Local in Massachusetts This July Andover Bookstore, Andover

Belmont Books, Belmont

Book Ends, Winchester

Brookline Booksmith, Brookline

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven

Buttonwood Books and Toys, Cohasset

Catch A Falling Star, Lexington

Eight Cousins, Falmouth

Mitchell's Book Corner, Nantucket

Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley

The Bookloft, Great Barrington

The Spirit of '76 Bookstore, Marblehead

Toy Shop of Belmont, Belmont