Kids 5/21

How to Draw Cute Beasts

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ISBN: 9781454941224
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Published: Union Square Kids - August 18th, 2020

Both Rebecca and Stacey considered staff picking this one, so surprise extra staff pick! In addition to being adorable, Rebecca said that this book made her feel like she could draw well. Stacey found it super relaxing and enjoyable (especially having always found zentangles to be stressful). If you're looking for a little joy and a creativity boost, try this book!


Foolish Hearts

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ISBN: 9781250180780
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

Emma Mills writes near-perfect books, and Foolish Hearts is at the top of the list. Pick this up for funny and flawed friendships, complicated family relationships, tentative romance, and a dollop of Shakespeare. Reading this book is like receiving an extremely cozy hug.


While I Was Away

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ISBN: 9780063017115
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 26th, 2021

When Waka's mom suspects that she may be losing touch with her Japanese heritage and language, Waka is sent to live with her grandmother in Tokyo for a few months. This is a delightful memoir about trying to fit into the culture you were born into and the culture you've been brought up in, and finding harmony between the two.


Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

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ISBN: 9780316460279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

This story is one for the senses: it is suffused with flavors and smells, with love and pressure, danger and expectation, and the upbeat tempo of a working kitchen. These are more than the traditional 5 senses, but this heartfelt book swept me up using all of them and then some.


Have a Hot Time Hades

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By Kate McMullan, Denis Zilber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781434234377
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Published: Stone Arch Books - July 1st, 2011

This book is the bridge between My First Greek Mythology and Percy Jackson. It turns out the myths as you know them are completely false, because they’re all told by Zeus, and he’s a big old myth-o-maniac (that’s ancient Greek for Big Fat Liar). Don’t worry though, Hades will tell you everything you need to know in this tell-all about how he became god of the underworld.


Amira's Picture Day

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By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

I LOVE this book so much. The fear of being forgotten on picture day and not being able to leave your mark is so relatable. The pictures are gorgeous and the glimpse into how Amira's family celebrates Eid filled my heart with happiness. The book made me want to color my hands with henna, dance, and celebrate the joy of being brown!


Chlorine Sky

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ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

This short novel-in-verse packs a serious punch of honest emotion - feelings that will be instantly recognized by anyone who’s felt like the sidekick in a friendship or grieved that growing apart is sometimes a piece of growing up. Definitely recommend the audiobook available on or even just search YouTube for the author’s past performances - Mahogany L. Browne is a phenomenal reader.



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