Little Shop of Stories

Decatur is the literary center of the metro area, and in the center of Decatur, at the edge of the square, is a place that assures the children are every bit as well-read as the adults. At Little Shop, you can climb the shelves from Dr. Seuss to Lemony Snicket. But the invested staff can also point you to authors who haven’t cashed Hollywood checks, like Jeanne Birdsall and Grace Lin. Reading couches, frequent author visits, and summer day camps in the store’s loft—revolving around themes like comics or heroes and villains—add to the fun.