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Learn and Explore: Touch and Feel Colors By Roger Priddy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684491223
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Published: Priddy Books US - July 20th, 2021

My one year old is enthralled by this book, and I find it more aesthetically pleasing than your average touch-and-feel book. Special shout out to the yellow page with fuzzy duck, scratchy sandcastle, and buzzy bee (that last one is parent-supplied).

Katie


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One-Third Nerd By Gennifer Choldenko, Églantine Ceulemans (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524718916
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Published: Yearling - May 26th, 2020

From the same author as the Al Capone series is a story about a family and a dog. The kids are awkward and sweet and learning that popularity and knowledge are not all that you need. Most importantly, they're learning that it's okay to be a nerd!

Hazel


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The Queen in the Cave By Júlia Sardà, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Júlia Sardà, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536220544
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Published: Candlewick Studio - May 24th, 2022

Three sisters take a folksy, psychedelic trip through the looking glass (or maybe more of a large drain pipe). Where can awakening a wild and creative heart take you?

Stacey


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Fablehaven By Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416947202
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Published: Aladdin - April 24th, 2007

Two middle-schoolers think they're doomed to a boring summer, stuck at their grandparents' house in rural Vermont ... until their grandparents turn out to be hiding a preserve for magical creatures! One of my all-time favorite books, and the start to an absolutely amazing series. Fablehaven is the perfect summer fantasy adventure in the style of Narnia.

Murphy


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In the Beautiful Country By Jane Kuo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063118980
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 28th, 2022

In the Beautiful Country is a story about a girl, her family, and their tumultuous pursuit of the American Dream. Heavy with the weight of what we call home, this book is full of rich introspection and stunning lines. These poems plant you right into Anna's world: a small city in California called Duarte, a school of bullies, a church of friends, a cozy apartment with a pull-out couch, and a restaurant named Dino's at the edge of Route 66. Kuo's fluid writing makes you forget that you're reading at all.

Cindy


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Comet's Nine Lives By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780698118942
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Published: Puffin Books - May 21st, 2001

For the slightly morbid child in your life, a somewhat less-well-known Jan Brett masterpiece following the lives and deaths of a cat on Nantucket Island. Like any larger-format Jan Brett, the illustrations and page design are unbelievably detailed and well-composed: this book takes re-reading over and over.

Piera


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The Katha Chest By Radhiah Chowdhury, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Radhiah Chowdhury, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665903905
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 1st, 2022

Please open to any page in this book and tell me it's not absolutely gorgeous. The Katha chest is a wonderful story about family and the memories that we store in physical objects. I suggest talking to your kids about what things remind them of their family members (and then staring at the pictures for several hours).

Katherine


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Ritual: An Essential Grimoire By Damien Echols, Lorri Davis Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781683648208
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Published: Sounds True - April 26th, 2022

If you want one witchy book for your shelf, pick this one. If you have a shelf of witchy books, then this is the perfect addition. Unlike other magical reference books, Damien & Lorri stay grounded, and a big section of this book is dedicated breathing and grounding exercises! Great for newbies, experts, and curious kids alike.

Murphy


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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Erin Morgenstern did some kind of magic when she wrote this book because in all senses except the physical you will be transported to the Night Circus. And I think you'll have a great time there ... I mean there's a magical duel, caramel corn, and a whole circus full of characters to love.

Kendall


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Make, Sew and Mend: Traditional Techniques to Sustainably Maintain and Refashion Your Clothes By Bernadette Banner Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781645674863
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Published: Page Street Publishing - May 17th, 2022

When you're almost 6 1/2 feet tall, you find out that 32x36 pants aren't exacly growing on trees. Anything you can learn to make them last longer is well worth the effort.

John


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A Calling for Charlie Barnes By Joshua Ferris Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316333542
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 7th, 2022

Joshua Ferris--an unsung hero of American Letters--writes about this down-and-out hero of American capitalism with poignant hilarity and wit. You'll laugh through your tears.

Wendy


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Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption By Paulo Coelho Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061124266
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Published: HarperOne - August 3rd, 2021

This is in my opinion one of Coelho's most captivating books. Came to me at the perfect moment, read it in one night and it's been close to my heart ever since. There are lines in here that will stay with you long after you have finished reading and characters that become close friends. A novel that begins in darkness but will leave you with so much light. TW: suicidal ideation

Jane


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Little Eyes: A Novel By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541370
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2021

This novel moves from Antigua to Zagreb, Umbertide to Beijing, and Oaxaca to Lyon in a biting, technofuturist romp through the dark side of technology and global connection. Read the first sentence and tell me you don't want to immediately sit down and devour the rest. If you like watching Black Mirror, covering your laptop camera with tape, and Tamagotchis, you'll like this book.

Catherine


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The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 By Kousuke Oono Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781974709403
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - September 17th, 2019

A lighthearted and funny read about what retirement looks like for a former Yakuza boss. It turns out, what makes one a good househusband isn't too far off what makes one a badass boss...as long as you don't trip on the vaccum cable.

Mish


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Never Did the Fire By Diamela Eltit, Daniel Hahn (Translator) Cover Image
By Diamela Eltit, Daniel Hahn (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781913867218
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Published: Charco Press - April 5th, 2022

How does life go on when your revolution fails? A cross between Heart of Darkness and I Hotel, Never Did the Fire is a brilliant exploration of the bitterness & frustration that can follow from tragedy & failure. The prose is so rich, so layered, so precise, it’s like a magnifying glass focusing the sun’s light into a spot of ignition. A challenging & rewarding read that, for all of its darkness, says as much about why we should try as it does about what happens when we fail.

Josh


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