Staff Picks by Isabel

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Isabel is our storytime queen, sign artist, and talented window dresser! Check out the books she loves below. 

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

This book remains one of my all-time favorite books ever. This story is told in such a strikingly intimate way, you are pulled right into the time of the Trojan war, into a time of heroes and legends, and most of all, you're privy to a love story so epic and deep that it will hold your heart forever. What's more, Madeline Miller's writing is just the most pleasurable thing to read; she writes in such a way that feels as if she wrote it just for your eyes to read. You feel the wind in your hair on warm beaches, your heels kicking up sand; you feel the sticky sap of figs as you bit into their sweetness; you feel the cool spring light filtered through tall forest trees; and most of all, you see the world through the eyes and heart of young Patroclus, as he discovers the mighty hero Achilles and begins their stunning journey together, and their love story for the ages.

(Adult Fiction) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Captain Starfish Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419728372
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 20th, 2018

A story about one child's struggle with anxiety... relatable, even as an adult! A must-read! heart - reviewed by Isabel 


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Illegal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492665823
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

Illegal is a poignantly moving story with a rich cast of characters, deeply relevant storylines, and rich with the deepest human kindness and endurance. Not without touches of levity and joy, but emotionally impactful where its important, we follow a young boy on his search for his brother, trying desperately to keep his family together when it seems the world is set on tearing him and his siblings apart in the search for a better life. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this story about the journey of an illegal immigrant hits fast and hard, with severe social importance at this time in our world. - reviewed by Isabel 


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Carry On (Simon Snow Series #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

Okay, don't get me wrong, this book is VERY different from Harry Potter. But comparing it to Harry Potter serves my purposes here very well so bear with me: This book is like a teen-Harry Potter series, complete with a British boarding school for magic and an abundance of quirky characters that fill this charming world. However, the magic system is based off of language and the influence of it has on culture. And also, most importantly, in this world, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are terribly and disastrously in love with one another.

This book is a triumphant, wonderful, and absolutely iconic piece of Young Adult literature. Devour it and don't miss the fantastic sequel, Wayward Son! (And hopefully a third book very soon too...)

(Young Adult ages 13+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Queen of the Sea Cover Image
By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536215175
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Published: Walker Books US - April 27th, 2020

What a truly magnificent work of graphic novel artistry. The Queen of the Sea uses the graphic novel medium superbly, reminding me just how powerful this mode of story telling is. The acutely rich historical details in this book truly make it a feast to behold. I was taken in from the very start!! - reviewed by Isabel 


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Spinning Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
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Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

Wow.... What an incredible book. Tillie Walden's work is always a deeply visceral ezperience; it seeps into your soul and never leaves you. This book haunted me for weeks after I read it (in a good way, of course). Potently poignant, vividly beautiful, and quietly impactful in the loudest way Spinning is truly a masterpiece of graphic novel storytelling. I will ALWAYS jump on board any story that Tillie has to tell!! - reviewed by Isabel


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The Priory of the Orange Tree Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781635570304
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

This is my desert island book. It is the most perfect high-fantasy book I’ve ever read, with everything I could ever want: dragons, diverse characters that you absolutely fall in love with, fantastic settings and kingdoms, dragons, great plot that leaves you riveted, the sights and smells and sounds of the worlds you're in, dragons, love stories that leave you aching, epic battle scenes..... And did I mention dragons??

This is a book that I literally still think about daily. And nearly every day I’m tempted to pluck it off my shelf again and slip right back into that beloved world again.

Do not fear the large page-count-- I am a slow reader, but it did not take me long to read this huge tome! Every page is a pleasure to read and the journey sweeps you off your feet.

(Adult Fantasy) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

This book is an EPIC, to be sure! It spans millennia, taking you through the life of a so-called "lesser goddess", Circe, who we come to know intimately and to love dearly. Circe's story is a quiet one, yet a righteously triumphant redemption story, as she comes into her own power and owns the world as her own. You find yourself riveted, rooting for Circe’s successes and growing power at every turn. Madeline Miller's words read like poetry, every sentence a living thing in itself, full of so much...Oh, what a true PLEASURE to read!!

(Adult Fiction) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

This is a book that just makes everything better. When you read it, everything is just somehow better. This riotous and joyous romance will bring happiness to your life from start to finish--and then from the start again, because YOU CAN'T HELP BUT RE-READ IT AGAIN!! This journey of the First Son of the U.S. falling in love with the Prince of Wales feels like such an honor to be part of...from awkward personal discoveries, to begrudging friendship, to sweeping and history-making romance, let Alex and Henry's story be your comfort in good times and bad. This romance is cathartic, exciting, hilarious, touching, and never fails to make me smile!

(Adult Romance) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

I had such a BLAST with this book. This book is an oral history of a hugely-popular fictional rock band from the 70s--which, by the end of the book, you can hardly believe isn't a real band!! This book is so darn comfortable to sink into, and it’s so weirdly entertaining to watch this band have all of its meltdowns and successes, all its failures and triumphs. You get to know each of these characters and their quirks so well that by the time Daisy Jones and the Six are performing onstage, you feel like you're right there in the audience as a fan. You get to be part of all the moments that make a rock band go down in history… What a blast!!

Truly, the only problem I have with this book is that there isn't a Daisy Jones and the Six album to listen to along with it.....

(Adult Fiction) - reviewed by Isabel 


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062382818
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

This young adult historical fiction packs an absolutely powerful punch and it absolutely blew me away. It is ENORMOUSLY FUN to read, and it’s rich with juicy historical goodness, from the locations to the language used to the many chaotic adventures our characters get wrapped up in. The story introduces Monty, a young British lord being groomed to grow up as a gentleman, but to absolutely no avail. Before he takes over his family’s estate (much to his father’s chagrin), Monty embarks on a Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend (whom he’s disastrously in love with), and his sister, but they end up on a whirlwind manhunt across Europe that leaves behind everything they knew before! Full of mayhem and mystery and written with such wit, this book is also balanced with commentary about many historical prejudices involving race, sexuality, and physical ability that persisted in history. 

Fall in love with their story, and be sure not to miss the sequel, Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy!

(Young Adult Historical Fiction and Romance, Ages 16+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Nimona Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 12th, 2015

This book stands as such an enormous icon in graphic novels. It’s so iconic in its wit and dry humor and really grabs hold of your heart as soon as you open it! Nimona follows a young shapeshifter of the same name, who is chaotic and full of whim and working hard to become an iconic villain. She enlists as a sidekick to Lord Blackheart, and the two are ready to wreak havoc! But the involvement of a hero, Sir Goldenloin, brings their battle to epic proportions while also bringing out unexpected adventures: good-deeds, kindness, and even love! Noelle Stevenson’s illustration style is so fantastic and perfectly matches the wit with which she crafts the story. This is a re-readable delight!

(Young Adult Graphic Novel, Ages 13+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

This book is vastly important. It deals with one of the darkest parts of American history that is so often left untaught and overlooked: the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. This graphic novel tells George Takei’s story of going through that dark time as a child, with the strangeness of growing up in an interment camp, the weight his parents carried for the family, and the deep cultural and personal trauma left behind by the internment-- but also the inspiration this experience gave him to be an activist for change. This book is heavy but oh-so necessary and very moving, and it is truly a very engaging and enthralling read. 

(Young Adult Graphic Novel, Ages 12+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By Katie O'Neill, Katie O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
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Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

This book is peace. This book is quiet love. This book is flowers in bloom. This book is a TREASURE. The story of Tea Dragons, small dragons that grow tea leaves from their horns, and their caretakers, a task that takes deep love and dedication, and an art form that needs to be passed on by someone who feels love deep in their heart.... You cannot help but fall head over heels for Katie O'Neill's stunning story and beautiful artwork!! Her work takes me to a safe and beautiful place every time I read it. Truly a treasure of a book.

(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

Wow oh wow, this book is so special, and so lovely, and so dear. This book is a gift to the world. In Prince and the Dressmaker, we meet Prince Sebastian of Paris, who is working hard to uphold a good image for the kingdom with a lot of weight on his shoulders. And part of that weight is his biggest secret: at night, he dresses in stunning gowns and becomes Lady Crystallia, a Parisian icon of fashion and beauty! Not a soul knows Sebastian’s secret, until the palace’s new dressmaker Frances discovers his secret, and the two become best friends, working together to create more and more stunning dresses and looks for Lady Crystallia, until this secret begins to conflict with Frances’ dream of becoming a world-renowned dressmaker... This book is gorgeously drawn and fantastically written, a story of love, friendship, and most of all, being true to yourself. This book is an absolute fairytale!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Snapdragon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Okay folks, get ready for one of the MOST PERFECT GRAPHIC NOVELS EVER. This book felt like such a gift when I read it. Our main character Snapdragon stumbles into what she believes is the lair of the local evil witch-- turns out the local witch is a fantastically chill, cool, older lady named Jacks who ends up taking Snapdragon on as her apprentice. Together they discover friendship, learn amazing new kinds of magic, and uncover age-old love stories that may yet be fulfilled. The diverse representation in this book is SO stellar, and honestly this book brings me to joyful tears every time! Snapdragon is also a great example of the power of the graphic novel storytelling format--what a stunning piece of work!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524772840
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Published: Yearling - March 10th, 2020

This book is a delight! It serves a great role as a perfect segue book for those kids who love reading graphic novels, but need to try reading chapter books as well! I’ve loved Kenneth Oppel’s books since I was a kid, and he continues to deliver treasures that are original and unique. Inkling follows Ethan, whose father used to be a very successful comic artist, and now Ethan struggles with his legacy, but things are shaken up when a little ink blot, an inkling, comes to life from his father’s work!! This book is at once charming and touching, and full of bits of chuckle-inducing humor and heart. Inkling is packed with illustrations too, which make it even more fun for those that love art or graphic novels! After Inkling, whenever I see an ink blot or an ink stain, I gasp and think, “IT’S AN INKLING!!”

(Middle Grade, ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

Oh my gosh, here's the next comic series to get you hooked! Lumberjanes brings you to an absolutely rad summer camp for “hard-core lady-types”, where you meet a cast of characters who are adventurous, loud, happy, kind, and absolutely ready for anything they might encounter at this wild camp. There are many volumes of this wonderful story, starting us right off with these girls’ adventures solving the mysteries surrounding the “Holy Kitten”. And while we’re along for the ride, we end up totally falling in love with all these awesome characters and their dynamics and friendships. Not to mention, the art is full of energy and vibrancy to match their wild adventures! Lumberjanes is always such fun!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Bunnicula: 40th Anniversary Edition (Bunnicula and Friends) Cover Image
By James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534435933
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

"The celery stalks at midnight!!!"

This book is a CLASSIC. Bunnicula is such a charmingly good time: you enter the Monroe household and join Harold (the family dog) and Chester (the family cat) as they witness the acts of the Monroe family's newest pet, a vampire rabbit that's sucking the juice out of vegetable every night!!!!! *GASP*

What a fantastic time this book is, seeing the world through the eyes of two family pets as they investigate this strange and mysterious new bunny in their house!

(Middle Grade, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Tiger vs. Nightmare Cover Image
By Emily Tetri, Emily Tetri (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626725355
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Published: First Second - November 6th, 2018

This book is so fantastically unique and fills a niche for young readers that dearly needed to be filled. This book is about a young tiger who, with the help of her imaginary friend, fights off her nightmares that try to scare her at night. This book is empowering for those kids going through nightmares and wondering what to do.... Empowering, and also utterly delightful! Lovely illustrations and phenomenal storytelling, this book is one of my go-tos. Part graphic novel, part picture book, I absolutely adore Tiger Vs. Nightmare!!

(Ages 6+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Dory Fantasmagory Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2015

Oh, Dory....what an ICON of early chapter books she is! Even as a grown-up, these books make me laugh, following Dory's hilarious and relatable kid antics through her daily life. There's relatable and delightful content for both kiddos and their parents. Perfect for your next choice after Princess in Black or Junie B. Jones. Let your imagination run as wild as Dory's!

(Early Chapter 6+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Not Quite Narwhal Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469098
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

This book is a true treasure. This book has become one of our store's staples, and it is not only iconic, but presents a fantastic message about loving yourself just as you are, however that may be! Kelp the unicorn lives under the sea with his narwhal family, feeling quite at home and assuming he is just like them. But one day Kelp sees someone just like him—a land narwhal!! (unicorn!)—and Kelp becomes keenly aware that he is a bit different from everyone else. Kelp takes a journey of self-acceptance, and learns that you can be part of more than one world and still be loved for who you are. A picture book masterpiece!!!

Be sure to check out Jessie Sima's other books and follow her work as obsessively as I do! Check out Harriet Gets Carried Away, Love Z, Spencer's New Pet, and pre-order Jules Vs. The Ocean!!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

This spectacular book is a perfect example of how powerful a picture book can be, and how it can take you away on the most incredible adventures. Marco the fox has many questions about the world, and no one seems to care about giving him answers.  Joined by a few inquisitive crewmates—pigeons, deer—Marco sets off on a mighty adventure, discovering friendship, fun, and beauty of finding the answers you seek along the way.  This book is a magical read-aloud to read with a loved one and share in Marco’s journey together.

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor Cover Image
By Wade Bradford, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763686659
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Take a visit to the wild and ridiculous Sharemore Hotel, and find out just why Mr. Snore is having an IMPOSSIBLE time getting a good night’s sleep!! This book makes me laugh every time I read it. It reads like an instant classic. A story-time favorite!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Creepy Pair of Underwear! Cover Image
By Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442402980
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

This book always tops my list of favorite read-aloud picture books!

Jasper Rabbit is SURE he is ready for his very-grown-up pair of Creepy Underwear, which glows in the dark! After convincing his mom to get him a pair, Jasper learns that the Creepy Underwear may be a bit creepier than he was ready for! This book is far more than just a Halloween book—it’s hilarious and delightful ANY time of the year! Be sure to enjoy its perfect companion book, Creepy Carrots!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524713317
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

This is one of the very best alphabet books! With each letter of the alphabet, we meet a different animal and hear about a delightful, lesser-known quirk of each critter! Did you know that penguins love a big family get-together? Or that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that zebras would like to be first, just once? Journey through the alphabet and become privy to the adorable little secrets of each animal along the way, with absolutely adorable illustrations throughout.

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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There Are No Bears in This Bakery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

Another one of my very favorite read-aloud books! I cherish this book, it’s truly a masterpiece: it is so beautifully crafted, and stands as a perfect example of how words and pictures can aid one another in superb storytelling! Our story is told by a local town cat, Muffin, who prowls the neighborhood each night, always on the lookout for anything strange that might require his investigative expertise…when, one night, bears show up at the bakery!?! Sounds like a job for Muffin!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Grumpy Monkey Cover Image
By Suzanne Lang, Max Lang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537864
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

Grumpy Monkey is one of my favorite picture books about emotions, and feeling feelings that you just don’t know what to do with! We all have those days, and Monkey is having one of those days—real bad! He’s grumpy, and all his friends just want to help make him feel better, but it only makes him feel worse! Along the way, Monkey learns about his feelings, and that sometimes you have to let yourself feel exactly what you feel…and very soon, you’ll feel better again. Don’t miss the lovely companion books, Grumpy Monkey Party Time and Grumpy Monkey Up All Night!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Dinosaur Yoga Cover Image
By Mariam Gates, Matthew Rivera (Illustrator), Matthew Rivera (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781683643043
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sounds True - October 22nd, 2019

Dinosaurs? Fantastic. Yoga?? Also fantastic. Put them together and you get…Dinosaur Yoga!! In this lovely book, some gentle dinos takes you through kid-friendly, gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises, guiding you through the movements and motions. It’s a wonderful book for kids wanting to start yoga, for kids who need extra help in settling into relaxation and mindfulness, for kids who love dinosaurs, or all of the above!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Pokko has a history of getting REALLY enthusiastic about her hobbies, and her parents just keep encouraging her…until things get out of hand, when Pokko gets a drum. This book is hilarious, with wonderfully dry humor and wit. The gorgeous storybook illustrations take us through Pokko’s epic and unexpected adventures with her new drum, getting sillier and more surprising as it goes!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

A perfect book for the start of a new school year, or for any time that you need a wonderful guide into the wide and beautiful world we live in! Inclusive and full of love, All Are Welcome shows us that no matter who we are or where we come from, we can all live together and flourish together, and the world is a better place when we make one another feel welcome!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Dragons Love Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803736801
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Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

There is one VERY important piece of information to know before you read this book: Dragons HATE spicy salsa. They love tacos, but under NO circumstances can you give them spicy salsa….. So when you’re throwing a Taco Party for a group of dragons, keep this important information in mind. Dragons Love Tacos is the story of when that mistake is made….UH-OH. This book is ridiculously funny and a fantastic read-aloud for all…as long as you keep the spicy salsa away from any dragons!!!

And of course, don’t miss the sequel, Dragons Love Tacos 2!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Natsumi! Cover Image
By Susan Lendroth, Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399170904
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

Another picture book favorite! Natsumi is very used to getting told by her family that she does things with too much vigor: she is too loud, or she is doing things too much, or too hard, or too wild… No one seems to see this as a strength, except for her grandfather, who guides her to a hobby that she was born for, where she can be as loud and as wild as she wants. Natsumi is a perfect story about how there is something perfect for each of us, and to stay true to yourself until you find that!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

This book is so lovely and soft-spoken, but packs a powerful and beautiful message. A young boy visits his grandfather, and while the two do not speak the same language, they find communication through things even more powerful than words: art, family, and love. This book is so magical, taking us through this journey of discovery with stunning artwork.

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Skulls! Cover Image
By Blair Thornburgh, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414006
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2019

This laugh-out-loud book is part silly, part facts, about the wonders of something we all share: a skull!!! With adorable illustrations, find out the many things that make our skulls so neat. By the end of this book you’ll be shouting with glee: “I love my skull!”

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Puddle Pug Cover Image
By Kim Norman, Keika Yamaguchi (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781454927150
Availability: Not Available - Possibly Out of Print
Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 6th, 2018

We all know one of those dogs who just CAN’T keep their paws out of puddles; Percy the Puddle Pug is one of those dogs. Percy lives for finding puddles of all kinds—they are Percy’s pride and joy. But when a storm comes through and causes trouble for some local puddle inhabitants, Percy gets the chance to use his love of puddles for something mighty! This book is a truly fantastic read-aloud, and the illustrations make the story absolutely come alive with adorable puggy, puddly delight! Don’t miss the sequel, Thunder Pug!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel


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Doodleville Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894717
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Welcome to Doodleville, everyone!!! This beloved author, Chad Sell, brings us to his next fabulous graphic novel, Doodleville, which grabs the reader, heart and soul!! Doodleville brings us into a normal school, to a normal group of kids, in a normal art club.....except that these kids' doodles come alive!!! Drew loves her doodles dearly, but when one of her doodles goes rogue and hurts the other student's characters, she is wisked away on an adventure that teaches her so much: the complexities of friendship, the strength that lies in trusting yourself, and the power of working together with friends that can save the day!! Chad Sell's trademark combo of fun, vibrant artwork and deeply emotional and human storytelling makes you smile throughout, and reminds you that "being different can make you powerful." Sell's work is also a perfect example of representation as it should be: people of all types existing together, just like in real life. And while having a blast visiting Doodleville, you may even learn a bit of art history! No matter what, you'll surely be smiling till the very last page.
 
 
(Graphic Novel, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Lightfall was love at first sight. Entering this world of Irpa is utterly enchanting, and it feels as if you're discovering for yourself the wonderous details of its magic with each turn of the page. The story follows two unexpected companions, Bea and Cad, both looking for their lost families but finding each other instead, as they get whisked away on a more and more miraculous journey--while meanwhile a darker and more ancient magic is awakening. Lightfall is awe-inspiring in its worldbuilding, compelling in its storytelling, and delightful in it's humor, with a sprinkling of commentary about anxiety and facing our fears. By the end of the book, I was thinking deeply of how much we can each learn from Cad and Bea!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel 


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Written in the Stars made me immensely, outlandishly happy. I was smiling the entire time I was reading this book. This romance brings together Elle, a heart-on-her-sleeve astrologer who is very simply looking for her soulmate, and Darcy, a by-the-book business woman who is very simply NOT. Elle and Darcy decide to fake a romance to appease their nagging families, but an oh-so-real romance ensues. This book plays fabulously on our favorite romantic tropes like fake dating and enemies-to-lovers, with nods to our beloved Pride & Prejudice. It is rich in its charm and humor, its vibrant characters, and its emotional storytelling. One of my favorite books of the year, I can't get Elle and Darcy and their marvelous love story out of my head.


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