Our Story

Owners Amanda Lepper and Ellyn Grimm are both graduates of the Ames High School Class of 2001. Upon returning to Ames as young mothers, they bonded over a love of reading and community activism, and, over time, they dreamed up the idea that became Dog·Eared Books.

Amanda is a former journalist and mom of four girls. She has an excessive collection of picture books and enjoys literary and historical fiction, memoirs and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache. In her spare time, she participates in competitive obedience with her golden retrievers, Honey and Lovie.

Ellyn holds a degree in English from Iowa State University, is a former middle school and high school English/literacy teacher, and is a mom of three. She especially likes reading literary fiction and mysteries but will try just about anything. She gains immense satisfaction from pairing kids and teens with books they’ll love.

Whether you’re looking to be entertained, to learn, or to escape, we look forward to helping you find your next great read. We hope you’ll stop by soon and make yourself at home.

Amanda Lepper


Ellyn Grimm



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