Kids 5/21

How to Draw Cute Beasts

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How to Draw Cute Beasts: Volume 4 By Angela Nguyen Cover Image
$12.95
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!

Stacey/Rebecca


Foolish Hearts

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Foolish Hearts By Emma Mills Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250180780
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
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.

Rebecca


While I Was Away

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While I Was Away By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063017115
Availability: Available with a Delay: On Order at Supplier: Email online@portersquarebooks.com for More Info
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.

Sinny


Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet By Laekan Zea Kemp Cover Image
$17.99
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.

Meaghan


Have a Hot Time Hades

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Have a Hot Time, Hades! (Myth-O-Mania #1) By Kate McMullan, Denis Zilber (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate McMullan, Denis Zilber (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781434234377
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
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.

Katherine


Amira's Picture Day

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Amira's Picture Day By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
$17.99
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!

Janaea


Chlorine Sky

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Chlorine Sky By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176399
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
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 libro.fm or even just search YouTube for the author’s past performances - Mahogany L. Browne is a phenomenal reader.

Leila


Bindu's Bindis

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Bindu's Bindis By Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454940203
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Union Square Kids - March 16th, 2021

This is such a colorful story about the strength of familial ties within Indian culture. Such a wonderful message of loving one's full self and shining bright regardless of what others might think!

Janaea


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