Minnesota children's bookstore named Bookstore of the Year

The store was selected by a panel of industry judges as the best in the country.

Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis has become the first children's bookstore to be named Publishers Weekly's Bookstore of the Year.

The international website announced Wild Rumpus' win on Monday, saying it was selected by a panel of industry judges after bring nominated by Publishers Weekly sales rep Jennifer Sheridan.

"This charming, unique, and magical place that specializes in children’s books is one of the best in the nation," she wrote in the submission. "Long a favorite destination for the community, and the entire Twin Cities region, this store is a favorite of authors as well."

The store – located at Upton Ave. S and 43rd St. W. in Linden Hills, close to Lake Harriet – is known for more than just books.

Customers browsing the shelves are likely to run into the collection of cats, rats, chinchillas, a chicken and even a ferret that roam the store, not to mention its birds that can be heard chirping in the background.

The store is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, according to its website, with founders Collette Morgan and Tom Braun opening the doors in 1992.

It takes its name from Maurice Sendak's famous children's book, Where The Wild Things Are, which features the line, "Let the wild rumpus start!"

The store has been celebrating its accolade on its Facebook page Monday.


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