For any book lover or person hoping to instill a love for reading in their child, there are few things better than browsing a bookstore for the next perfect read. Whether you want a novel to unwind with before bed or want to share one of your favorite children’s classics with your own child, a quality bookstore can help you achieve your book-reading dreams. Here is our list of the top local bookstores to explore around Chanhassen, MN. 

Seedlings Gifts and Books

Man searching for Book on Shelf

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Seedlings Gifts and Books is a welcoming and heartwarming environment where all are welcome. The store offers a unique selection of religious-inspired literature and gifts. However, you’ll also find a wonderful selection of home goods, jewelry, and clothing. Some best-selling authors the store carries include C. S. Lewis and Joyce Meyers. Genres range from fiction and non-fiction to special interest books that focus on grief, recovery, marriage, women’s topics, men’s topics, and family and parenting. 

  • Location: 521 W. 78th Street, Chanhassen.
  • Hours: 
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
  • Closed on Sunday. 
  • Contact: 952-974-8084. 

Moon Palace Books

Moon Palace Books is a place as magical as the night sky and has a selection of books befitting royalty. There is a generous selection of books at your disposal, from best-sellers and classics to bargain and used books. The mascot, a sloth with a love for reading, is displayed throughout the store and on various pieces of merchandise including shirts beloved by loyal customers. This independent neighborhood bookstore also caters to kids and sells fun fidget toys, craft kits, slime supplies, and comics and graphic novels. If you have a blossoming chef, check out the kids’ cookbook section.

  • Location: 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.
  • Hours: 
  • 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 
  • Contact: 612-454-0455. 

Comma, a bookshop

Comma, a bookshop is one of those spots you find once in a lifetime. This recently opened establishment is an independent bookstore in the Linden Hills neighborhood. The bookstore’s central focus is enhancing connections between readers and the community. As a locally owned business, Comma a bookshop aims to promote Minnesota writers by carrying a diverse selection of fiction, non-fiction, and young adult literature written by local authors. You’ll also find a generous selection of giftable items such as chocolates, teas, notebooks, stickers, and journals. Grab your favorite bibliophile a book-themed canvas tote to carry all their books stylishly. 

  • Location: 4250 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. 
  • Hours: 
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
  • Closed on Monday. 
  • Contact: 612-922-2211.

Birchbark Books and Native Arts

Visit Birchbark Books and Native Arts to explore your love for reading and support native cultures and writers. This neighborhood bookstore is independently owned and focuses on employing those with native backgrounds. It showcases the beauty of handmade art by selling key pieces central to the indigenous heritage and features books that are carefully and lovingly chosen for customers. 

This tiny independent bookstore aims to keep the conversation alive about books and simultaneously serves as a locus for literate indigenous people from around the world. Next door to the Kenwood restaurant, this select locale is a great destination after a late lunch to see some writers they often showcase. There is a quaint children’s loft where little ones can sit and enjoy a book. It features cozy kids chairs and has a hobbit-like reading nook that feels straight out of a fantasy children’s story. 

  • Location: 2115 W. 21st Street, Minneapolis.
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Contact: 612-374-4023.

Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

If you have a young reader that is feverish for new books and loves animals, this is a must-see spot. Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers is a welcoming place that is eclectic, unique, and exciting. When you walk in you may be greeted by a warm smile, a feathered friend, or a furry feline. The bookstore has a number of friendly animals waiting to sit with you or help you search for your next book. The cat, Booker T, or Dave the bird, might wander by to check on you. 

Wild Rumpus also has several book clubs to help you join your love for reading with your love for socialization. The Wild Things Book Club is geared toward new readers ages 6 to 9 and the Purple Door Book Club is for readers ages 8 to 12. If you don’t feel like venturing out but want to experience bilingual reading, the virtual bilingual story time is a great way to be exposed to a second language and begin to learn it. The location offers both in-store shopping and curbside pick-up. 

  • Location: 2720 W. 43rd Street, Minneapolis.
  • Hours: 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed on Monday.
  • Contact: 612-920-5005.

So there you have it. Crème de la Crème of Chanhassen has reveled in the opportunity to share with you our list of the top local bookstores any book lover should explore in Chanhassen. Whether you are looking for your next great thriller, want to spend a relaxing evening with the kids lost in your search for their next bedtime story, or need a unique birthday gift, these places are sure to have what you need. What do you think of our list? Is there a place on here that speaks to your needs? 

While you decide on your next bibliophile adventure, consider checking out Crème de la Crème of Chanhassen for your family’s child care needs. Like you, we value literacy and have a rich curriculum focused on early childhood literacy and language acquisition. For young children, we use music to harness the imagination and introduce learners to new vocabulary. Young minds are at a prime cognitive developmental stage where learning different lexicons is almost instinctive. Contact our friendly staff at 763-324-9504 to make an appointment to see our wonderful facility and learn why Crème de la Crème of Chanhassen is right for you.