Wild Rumpus named Best Children’s Bookstore in U.S.

The interior of Wild Rumpus was designed to look like the book "The Salamander Room" // Photo by Chalsey Falk

The interior of Wild Rumpus was designed to look like the book “The Salamander Room” // Photo by Chalsey Falk for chalseyfalk.com

On May 9, the Women’s National Book Association presented Wild Rumpus with the award for best children’s bookstore in the United States, reports Southwest Journal.

With its child-size doorway, wandering animals, bathroom aquarium, and colorful decorations, there’s a lot to love about the Linden Hills treasure. Staff say they put extra work into the nomination this year because co-founder Tom Braun was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago.

The bookstore opened in 1992 and was designed intentionally; the creator of a beloved backyard tree house was hired to help the co-founders, Collette Morgan and Braun, realize their design inspiration, which came from the book “The Salamander Room” by Ann Mazer.

Outside the shop, both co-founders are busy with side projects. Morgan is editing a book of short stories for young readers called “Sky Blue Water,” slated to be published in the fall. Braun has a background in writing and is working on documenting his experience with Alzheimer’s.

[h/t Southwest Journal]


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