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Mina By Matthew Forsythe, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480413
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 15th, 2022

The enchanting illustrations and increasingly amusing tale made this book an instant favorite. Mina is usually fine with her father's eccentric finds, like the stick bugs with their charismatic voices, but she's a little skeptical of the new squirrel he brings home, especially when the squirrel refuses to eat - not even acorns!


Review by Sarah B.

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Bathe the Cat By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

As anyone fortunate enough to live with a cat will tell you, cats generally don't do anything they don't want to do. This hilarious, rhyming read-aloud shows you exactly how far a cat will go to avoid being bathed.


Review by Sarah B.

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Saffron Ice Cream By Rashin Kheiriyeh, Rashin Kheiriyeh (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338150520
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

The art is so colorful and vibrant as is the delightful story. Immigrants and children of immigrants will relate while others will enjoy the heart-warming themes. Overall a great choice for everyone!


Review by Lily

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I Eat Poop.: A Dung Beetle Story By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Pett, Mark Pett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250785633
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 26th, 2021

Yeah, the title got me too. I cried laughing at this book but that's no surprise because it has poop in the title - it knows it's funny. But then you flip the page and learn a valuable lesson about accepting yourself, sticking up for others, and finding the weird in everybody. You'll learn about different insects and have fun and warm your heart all in a matter of a few colorfully illustrated pages. Give it a try!


Review by Emily

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The Night Walk By Marie Dorleans Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782506393
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Floris Books - April 20th, 2021

The world is just as beautiful and mysterious at night as it is during daylight hours, but not being nocturnal animals, we often miss those wonders. In The Night Walk, a family arises in the middle of the night and walks through the village, observing a world they don't usually get to see. Wonderfully illustrated, The Night Walk is a quiet and evocative treasure of a book.


Review by Mark B.

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Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

A perfect example of a book for children and adults alike; give this to everyone you know! Woodson writes in verse, beautifully combining prose and poetry, to tell the autobiographical story of a brown girl coming of age at the tailend of Jim Crow. She grapples with identity and the idea of home, growing up in South Carolina and New York, while still trying to be a kid with dreams of becoming a writer. It's powerful, it's beautiful, it's no wonder it was a Newbery Award nominee.


Review by Emily

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My City By Joanne Liu Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791373775
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Prestel Junior - April 16th, 2019

My City shows that even the simplest errand can be full of discovery, if you aren't too busy to notice. Max is on a mission to deliver a letter, and every step of his journey reveals some small wonder: bright colors dancing in a laundromat window, the world mirrored in a puddle, the sky's shifting hues at sunset. Every time I open this book I find something new to marvel at, right alongside Max.


Review by Theo

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Small Spaces (Small Spaces Quartet #1) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525515029
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 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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The Rough Patch By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator) 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 By Chad Sell 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 details the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and an 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!



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