BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE - 2005
Auntie Em's is a serene, book-filled hideaway that comes with an all-important bonus when you're trying to keep up with the kids on a lazy (hah!) weekend morning: in-house caffeine. A full-service espresso bar with juice and pastries will keep you busy while the kids browse and watch Skooter the lizard, Rosie the bird, and the rest of Auntie Em's menagerie. Or you could test-run a few books with them in the oversized chair or at the kid-sized picnic table. Auntie Em's is new in town (doors opened last April) and is smaller and quieter than other better-known children's bookstores in the cities. More than that, there are story times three mornings a week. But it is well stocked with the classics from board books up through preteen fantasy fiction--and anything you can't find, the staff will order for you.