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Flotsam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618194575
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2006

Flotsam is a feast for the eyes, a window into the beautiful, imaginative vision of its illustrator. David Wiesner captures a kind of magic-- the wonder, hope, and possibilities of childhood-- in these wordless, meditative images.


Review by Nata

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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (Dinosaur Books, Dinosaur Books for Kids, Dinosaur Picture Books, Read Aloud Family Books, Books for Young Children) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452170336
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Chronicle Books - March 5th, 2019

This book made me laugh aloud with its sweet humor and visual cleverness. Tiny the T. Rex wants to cheer up his friend Pointy the Stegosaurus with a good hug, but his arms are so little that it seems like an impossible goal. Maybe the trick is to practice... Whatever it takes, Tiny will try to be there for his friend in a time of need.


Review by Nata

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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

I've never seen a story like Jude's depicted in children's literature. At 12 years old, she and her mom leave Syria to live with her uncle in America. But once in America, they quickly understand they won't be treated like they belong. This America that promised an acceptance of people from different countries, is one that calls Jude a terrorist once she starts wearing a hijab. 

But through it all, Jude remains hopeful. From trying to make new friends, to trying out for her school's musical, she starts to learn that making a new home doesn't mean you have to forget the one you came from. This novel in verse is urgently relevant and not to be missed!


Review by Claire

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Wild Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781909263086
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Flying Eye Books - September 10th, 2013

Wild is a wonderful, vibrantly illustrated children's book that balances a deep message-- that the human spirit is stronger than any efforts to tame it, or break it-- with clever humor and whimsical visual beauty. I felt empowered and inspired by the reminder, relevant at any age, that we each have a right to seek happiness and belonging on our own terms. Share this book with the wild child (or adult!) in your life.


Review by Nata

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Small Spaces Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525515029
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Spooky scary chills abound! A malevolent bus driver with skin like a mushroom. Missing children. An overabundance of conspicuous scarecrows. And a mysterious figure known only as "The Smiling Man." This book warmed my heart and chilled my bones.

Remember: They can't reach you if you stick to small spaces.


Review by Halley

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Up the Mountain Path (Ages 5-8. picture book about friendship and the natural world) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616897239
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 2nd, 2018

This wonderful book hits all the right notes with beauty and grace. The love of nature, encouragement of friends, the cycle of life; it is all here in soft, simple illustrations and lovely poetic language. This is a book to treasure.


Review by Michael

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The Rough Patch Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

This book has a special place in my heart. The illustrations and the language go perfectly hand-in-hand to tell the story of a gardener named Evan who goes through his own personal rough patch as he mourns the death of a friend. It's about love, grief, loss. It's about giving yourself time to heal and knowing when to start anew. It's about new growth. It's a lesson and reminder to all of us who have ever been in or come out of a rough patch.


Review by Halley

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The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

This gem of a graphic novel derails the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and and overwhelming capacity for dynamic supportiveness. Through ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, these characters give each other the emotional and creative encouragement they need to be their best, most authentic selves. A reminder to all that the more you connect with your community, the brighter you (and it) shine!


Review by Niki

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Love That Dog: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064409599
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

Read this very short but important story written as a poem by a boy who hates poetry and thinks he can't write it. Jack feels defeated by Miss Stretchberry's assignment, until he is snared by snippets of William Carlos Williams, William Blake, Robert Frost, Valerie Worth, S.C. Rigg, Arnold Adoff, and Walter Dean Myers. Little by little, Jack is telling his tale with both humor and heart-wrenching threads...in poetry!


Review by Jane

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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898270
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Published: Charlesbridge - November 28th, 2017

The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer. 


Review by Nicole

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