Kids Staff Picks


 

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Yo! Yes? Cover Image
By Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338583854
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Cartwheel Books - April 21st, 2020

Your very best friends should always make you want to exclaim Yo! Yes! back and forth, arm in arm, forever and ever. 

- Bekah


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Maybe Tomorrow? (a story about loss, healing, and friendship) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338214888
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

Sometimes, it can be hard to pretend when everything isn't okay. Some days, we all feel like we are dragging around a big block. This book teaches us that, sometimes, we just need a little time and someone to sit beside us in the rain.

- Parrish


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Mel Fell Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878014
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

This is the most fun I've had reading a picture book in a long time. The form is inventive, the story comical, and it makes for a perfect read out loud story. A lot can be learned from falling!

- Parrish


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Toasty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447077
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - May 4th, 2021

Toasty is a piece of toast who, like me, loves dogs so much he wants to be one. His attempt at fitting in with the neighborhood dogs has less than stellar results, but he finds acceptance and love by just being himself. My favorite part is Toasty’s doggy door, which happens to be the mail slot.

- Kathryn


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Oh, The Things We're For! Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781644210147
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Triangle Square - October 6th, 2020

The perfect primer for your little abolitionist. A hopeful look to the future we could build together!

- Genay


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My Day with Gong Gong Cover Image
By Sennah Yee, Elaine Chen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773214290
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

I too love monkeys, egg tarts, and most of all, my Gong Gong. The only children's book I've seen with Cantonese-speaking characters is also the perfect book to read with someone who loves you, even if you say "love" in different languages.

- Kristen


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The Remember Balloons Cover Image
By Jessie Oliveros, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481489157
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

Once, my grandpa remembered a lot of things. Now, not so much. This book reminds us how to keep our special memories alive by sharing them-- one remember balloon at a time.

- Kristen


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Cast Away: Poems of Our Time Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062907707
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 9th, 2021

"Nothing a child ever does is trash. It is practice." Beautiful, simple, accessible, and full of so many reminders to be our best selves.

- Genay


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Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Josh Cochran (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702671
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 19th, 2020

This is the type picture book I want to hug tightly and show everyone. Burgess tells the life and artistic journey of Keith Haring in NYC, not shying away from him falling in love with a guy. If I read this book as a kid it would make me feel so seen.

- Ryan


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Aquarium: (Aquarium Books for Kids, Picture Book about Marine Animals, Nature Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452168753
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Chronicle Books - April 3rd, 2018

This beautifully illustrated and wordless book tells the tale of a girl who explores the water and makes a friend. A gorgeous ode to nature, friendship, and letting go.

- Kathryn


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The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas Cover Image
By Maria Garcia Esperon, Amanda Mijangos (Illustrator), David Bowles (Translated by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781646140152
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Levine Querido - February 23rd, 2021

Get beyond the Greek and Norse mythologies. This book contains tales from a variety of cultures of North and South America. Pick a story a night and slowly work your way around through these beautiful worlds.

- Parrish


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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

Amari knows her missing brother is still alive, and when she discovers a ticking briefcase in his closet, she may have found the key to finding Quinton… along with a whole new world full of magic. Full of charm, wit, and #blackgirlmagic to boot, you won’t want to miss this new series!

- Melanie


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Move over, Harry Potter, there’s a new magic school in town! Full of magical competitions, hotel rooms that change based on your mood, and giant talking cat companions with just the right amount of sass, what more could you ask for in an enchanting new fantasy series?

- Melanie


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The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

I wish I had an Uncle Herbert who would gift me a magical train for my birthday but, alas, I must resign myself to live vicariously through this adventure with all the hallmarks of a modern classic.

— Parrish


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Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

Gene Luen Yang is a master of the graphic novel form, and Dragon Hoops is some of his best work to date. Part history of basketball, part memoir, part underdog sports story, and all around fun, this is an absolute treasure of a book. Yang moved me, taught me, made me laugh, and whether you consider yourself a sports fan or not, you will definitely be rooting for the Dragons! Easily one of my favorite graphic novels, and one I know I will return to regularly.

— Julia


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Our Subway Baby Cover Image
By Peter Mercurio, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525427544
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Dial Books - September 15th, 2020

Sometimes all we hear is everything that is wrong with New York City. This beautifully illustrated story recounts a true tale of two men who found an abandoned baby in the subway who made them a family, with the assistance of wonder, magic and kindness. It is everything good about this crazy city. I read it today and it filled me with hope.

— Cheryl


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The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A heartwarming tale of how to help people through their feelings. Some people just need someone to listen to them. I recommend this to anyone who’s kids tend to worry. 

— Ryan


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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) Cover Image
By Jo Witek, Christine Roussey (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419713101
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Abrams Appleseed - October 14th, 2014

I didn't realize how important it would be to have a book about feelings until my son turned four and it suddenly became very, very important indeed. This one is extra special, and I wish I could give it to every child in the world, along with a big hug.

— Kate


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Mr. Boddington's Studio: NYC ABCs Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524792039
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - May 21st, 2019

NYC ABCs is the best New York City board book. This book gets us, gets our culture, sees us for who we are. And we need the babies to get up to speed.

— Parrish


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Toot & Puddle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316080804
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2010

Is it better to explore the world or your own backyard? Yes! Whether you are a cozy homebody or an intrepid traveler, Messrs. Toot and Puddle of Woodcock Pocket will help you elevate your chosen MO to an art.

— Maddie


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Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781940842011
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Museyon - December 1st, 2014

For an adorable little bear, Kuma-Kuma Chan possesses an interiority that is completely inacessible to us.

— Matt


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The Princess and the Pony Cover Image
By Kate Beaton, Kate Beaton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545637084
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 30th, 2015

Empowerment for pint-sized feminists. Plus, ponies!

— Cristin


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Real Friends Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626727854
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

Fifth-grade Mean Girls memoir. This book was slightly painful to read, but only because it rang so true and close to my heart. A moving and funny exploration of the complications of trying to remain your true, weird, individual self even in the face of elementary schoolgirl groupthink. As always, Shannon Hale nails it.

— Laurel


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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

The Ferrante of kids' lit - really that good. Read them now, read them all.

— Laurel


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Boy: Tales of Childhood Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142413814
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Puffin Books - January 22nd, 2009

The most twisted, surreal, hilarious, disturbing book in Roald Dahl's body of work includes no magical powers or strange creatures. Boy, Dahl's nonfictional memoir, leaves the reader as wide-eyed and slack-jawed as his fiction. What this account of Dahl's actual childhood demonstrates is that his great achievement as a writer is the precision of his memory. He remembered vividly what the fear of a spanking or the anticipation of a licorice bootlace was like for a child; it would take fantastical stories of impossible worlds to capture them accurately.

— Shuja