Children & YA Staff Picks

Staff Pick Badge
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780064407663
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 1999

This classic is equal parts dreary and charming. Don't let the title fool you-there's plenty of bad past the beginning. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny take on the evil Count Olaf in this start of a 13 part series of misadventure.

- Jen


Staff Pick Badge
So Let Them Burn (The Divine Traitors #1) By Kamilah Cole Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316534635
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 16th, 2024

What happens after the hero has already saved the world once? In this Jamaican-inspired fantasy novel, a gods-blessed heroine must choose between saving her sister or protecting her homeland... again.

- Engel


Staff Pick Badge
A Toni Morrison Treasury: The Big Box; The Ant or the Grasshopper?; The Lion or the Mouse?; Poppy or the Snake?; Peeny Butter Fudge; The Tortoise or the Hare; Little Cloud and Lady Wind; Please, Louise By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator), Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator), Giselle Potter (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator), Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator), Giselle Potter (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781665915540
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 29th, 2023

Toni Morrison re-imagines fables and they're paired with stellar artwork. "Treasury" is definitely the right word.

- Stacey


Staff Pick Badge
Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062994547
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

A heartwarming book about using music to bring people together!

- Alyssa


Staff Pick Badge
A World Full of Dickens Stories: 8 best-loved classic tales retold for children (World Full of...) By Angela McAllister, Jannicke Hansen (Illustrator) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711247727
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - May 19th, 2020

The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wept that he would never meet Dickens's characters in real life, yet one can still spend a lifetime living alongside them. Isn't it fitting then to begin as a child?

- James


Staff Pick Badge
Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

When Will’s brother gets shot, he’s prepared to follow the rules: no crying, no snitching, get revenge. But as the elevator descends, at each floor someone will get on and complicate his decision. This novel-in-verse will be sure to appeal to fans of poetry, readers of all levels, and those affected by gun violence and incarceration.

- Rachael


Staff Pick Badge
The Lucky Red Envelope: A lift-the-flap Lunar New Year Celebration: With over 140 flaps By Vikki Zhang Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711285927
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - December 5th, 2023

It's a seek-and-find game! It's a picture book! It's the perfect way to learn about celebrating Lunar New Year! Fun for adults and kids alike, Vikki Zhang's illustrations are delicate, clever works of art.

- Murphy


Staff Pick Badge
Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu By Ying Chang Compestine, Crystal Kung (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593533055
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 2nd, 2024

A retelling of Rapunzel that is full of flavor and originality, featuring a fierce princess who knows and acts on what she wants and needs. IT'S DELICIOUS!

- Kai


Staff Pick Badge
What Do You Do with a Chance By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781943200733
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 6th, 2018

When a chance comes our way, should we take it? Sometimes it’s hard to be brave. This story reminds us that if we can acknowledge our fear and lean into our curiosity, our excitement–truly anything is possible.

- Sophie


Staff Pick Badge
Mr. Fiorello's Head By Cecilia Ruiz (Created by) Cover Image
By Cecilia Ruiz (Created by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781592703791
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Enchanted Lion - October 17th, 2023

A farewell for Jane: one more beloved Enchanted Lion title. ~ c/o Stacey

- Sophie


Staff Pick Badge
How Do You Live? By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Genzaburo Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (Translated by), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781643753072
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 12th, 2023

The inspiration behind Miyazaki's latest "last" masterpiece--travelling a middle school boy's realizations to being human, there's no end to the real life wisdom found in Yoshino's pages.

- kai


Staff Pick Badge
Skating Wild on an Inland Sea By Jean E. Pendziwol, Todd Stewart (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jean E. Pendziwol, Todd Stewart (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781773067049
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Groundwood Books - October 3rd, 2023

I wish I could crawl into this book and explore the magical winter wonderland right along with the children in the story. So realistic you can almost feel your fingers go numb and hear the groaning of the ice as the children skate across the pond. Stunning.

- Dina


Staff Pick Badge
Oona in the Arctic By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063222328
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 24th, 2023

Not all mermaids live on sunny beaches! Join Oona as she bundles up and heads north on a quest to reunite separated friends. Heartwarming, exciting, with beautiful art and adorable characters.

- Murphy


Staff Pick Badge
Noticing By Kobi Yamada, Elise Hurst (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Elise Hurst (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781970147896
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - January 15th, 2023

A heartwarming & beautifully illustrated book about a girl who begins to notice the wonderful little things in daily life.

- Alyssa


Staff Pick Badge
An Atlas of Afterlives: Discover Underworlds, Otherworlds and Heavenly Realms (Lost Atlases) By Emily Hawkins, Manasawee Rojanaphan (Illustrator) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780711280861
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - October 31st, 2023

Folklore and beliefs of the hereafter for those chilly winter nights (or for the scary, oddly warm ones).

- Stacey


Pages