Children & YA Staff Picks

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The Iguanodon's Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again and Again By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator)
$17.59
ISBN: 9780063239210
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Published: Clarion Books - March 19th, 2024

Science and art come together to interpret, and reinterpret, the dinosaur we call Iguanodon.

- Robin


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Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller By Breanna J. McDaniel, April Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780593324202
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Published: Dial Books - February 6th, 2024

- kai


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We Are Water Protectors: (Caldecott Medal Winner) By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Water is important, and so is this book. ~ Stacey

- Mia


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Meet the Mushrooms! By Sonali Fry, Melanie Demmer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sonali Fry, Melanie Demmer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781664351066
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Published: Tiger Tales - January 2nd, 2024

Introducing the magic of fungi with catchy rhymes and whimsical illustrations, Meet the Mushrooms is a fun book to read aloud with your kiddo.

- Murphy


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Where Sleeping Girls Lie By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250800848
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 19th, 2024

Boarding school, rich elite kids, dead bodies... what more could you want in a novel? Pitched by the author as Black Mean Girls with murder. You do not want to miss this one!

- Connor


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Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston By Esme Symes-Smith Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780593485804
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Published: Yearling - August 8th, 2023

My top read of 2023 and possibly one of my all-time favorite Middle Grade books! Callie is a heroine that children will adore. Dragons, magic, coming-of-age. "It's so good" is an understatement.

- Kaliisha


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The Book That Can Read Your Mind By Marianna Coppo Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781797229010
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 12th, 2024

Beloved by my favorite 4-year-old, who usually insists on reading it six times in a row and is equally delighted every time the book does, in fact, read her mind.

- Katie


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A Happy Place By Britta Teckentrup, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781664300392
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Published: Tiger Tales - February 6th, 2024

Who doesn't need a happy place even occasionally? A beautiful book for kiddos grappling with big emotions.

- Stacey


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Dungeons and Drama By Kristy Boyce Cover Image
$9.59
ISBN: 9780593647011
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 9th, 2024

For fans of Broadway musicals and long DnD campaigns comes a cozy YA rom-com following two unlikely allies who lock into a mutually beneficial fake dating arrangement... only to find love where they least expect it. Filled with mischievous schemes and role-playing shenanigans, Dungeons and Drama is quick but delightful read sure to give you all the feels!

- Cindy


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Something Kindred By Ciera Burch Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780374389130
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 2nd, 2024

Something Kindred is a story about grief and about family and about making a home for yourself. And at the roots, this is a story about being haunted, both in the traditional sense and by your own memories and past. Ciera Burch is a name to look out for. Also, this book did 100% make me ugly cry on a plane, so that's a warning to you.

- Katherine


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The Cat Who Couldn't Be Bothered By Jack Kurland Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780711287457
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 26th, 2024

I love a book that shows kids that it's okay not to be okay. And not only that, but also shows how important it is to be there for your friends who aren't feeling as happy as you are. 5 shooting stars!

- Halle


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A Walk Through the Woods By Louise Greig, Helen Musselwhite (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Louise Greig, Helen Musselwhite (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781454929888
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 20th, 2018

Even though we are officially in Spring, it doesn't seem like the weather has caught up yet. But this stunning picture book is the perfect escape from the wind and rain. With search and find aspects hidden in the cut-out pages, each turn of a page feels like you are transported further into a awakening forest, and further away from the dreary New England weather.

- Emma


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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) By Tamora Pierce Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781665937412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

Reading this book as a kid changed my life. Alanna kicks off an entire universe of strong, funny, brave, and complex female protagonists, along with a supporting cast that feel like old friends at this point. In her first adventure, Alanna dresses herself up as her twin brother and embarks on her journey to become a knight. Tamora Pierce writes the kind of books that you come back to over and over again. If you’ve never ventured into Tortall, enjoy your journey. If you have, maybe it’s time to return.

- Katherine


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Radio Silence By Alice Oseman Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062335722
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Published: HarperTeen - December 26th, 2023

As someone who experienced a tumultuous adolescence filled with anxiety about her next step, about what the future would hold, about what she would do in college and beyond, I can say with full confidence that this book irrevocably changed the course of my life. I've read Radio Silence a total of four times, once for every moment I felt inexplicably lost in this world, and every reread has moved me even more than the last. This is the kind of book that you want to wrap around your shoulders like a safety blanket.

- Cindy


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Nat Enough: A Graphic Novel (Nat Enough #1) By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538199
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Published: Graphix - April 7th, 2020

These days, with social media, it is easier to compare ourselves to others and feel “Nat Enough” now than ever before. This adorably relatable middle grade graphic novel seeks to remind us that being our silly selves, even if it leads to feeling embarrassed, is always the best option! And maybe it will even get the cute boy in class to notice us….

- Emma

 


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