While in Jackson, Mississippi, we stopped by Lemuria Books. Many children’s literature enthusiasts recommended we visit, so we looked forward to seeing this bookshop in person. We entered the store and were immediately in awe. Everywhere you looked there were books from floor to ceiling. The shelves and stacks begged to be explored. Reading spaces were tucked in among the stacks. It was easy to imagine a person spending hours contentedly reading in this inviting space. In the children’s section, plush characters greeted us as we perused the diverse collection. We quickly found many of our favorites: Deza Malone, Gloriana June Hemphill, and Marty McGuire. They begged us to sit down and spend some time with them.
Lemuria Books did not feel like a stodgy bookshop. No, sir! It felt like spending quality time in your favorite library surrounded by the books you love most. It was difficult for us to leave, but Natchitoches and others places still needed to be explored. As we left this lovely independent bookshop, we both vowed to return the next time we visit Mississippi.