Kids Staff Picks


 

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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover (Candlewick Sparks) Cover Image
By Cece Bell, Cece Bell (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780763668754
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Published: Candlewick - February 11th, 2014

Yes, beginning readers can be truly hilarious. Evidence: the part where Rabbit spends a whole chapter with a remote control stuck in his ear without realizing it.

-Kate


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Fortunately Cover Image
By Remy Charlip, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689716607
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Published: Aladdin - March 31st, 1993

A nice reminder that even when life seems to be at its worst (you're being attacked by sharks, you're being attacked by tigers, etc etc) the machinations of fate might always change in your favor. 

— Laurel


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The Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780374360979
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 6th, 2013

If I were a fish, I would be the pout-pout fish. The epiphany in this book gives me hope for humanity.

-Allison


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Stars (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534406629
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Published: Little Simon - December 26th, 2017

How much less scary, less lonely, less confusing the world becomes when you carry a star in your pocket.

-Kate


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I Am a Bunny (A Golden Sturdy Book) Cover Image
By Ole Risom, Richard Scarry (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375827785
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Published: Golden Books - January 13th, 2004

Yet to encounter any work that so lucidly illuminates the idyllic isolation of the happy infant in the world.

— Daniel


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Chicken Soup with Rice Board Book: A Book of Months Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9780062668080
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Published: HarperCollins - January 10th, 2017

The primordial soup of childhood is called to mind in this classic about calendar months and actual soup.

— Sierra


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Dinosaur Kisses Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763673895
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Published: Candlewick - December 9th, 2014

Haven't we all had that moment when we went in for a kiss and accidentally stomped the other person flat instead?

— Kate


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Miss Nelson Is Missing! Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395401460
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 1985

This is the book that made me excited to go to school. The fact that marvelous and mischievous teachers like Miss Nelson exist was evidence enough for me that the classroom was a magical place. 

— Nora


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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

In which a dog just can't even with these kids.

— Kate


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The Princess and the Pony Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545637084
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 30th, 2015

Empowerment for pint-sized feminists. Plus, ponies!

— Cristin


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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Cover Image
By Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481465595
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

The origin story of real-life superhero RBG is just as cool and meaningful as Batman, or whatever.

— Katy


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D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780440406945
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 1992

A classic introduction to the Ancient Greek pantheon with wonderful illustrations. These versions of the myths are fast and fun, perfect for teaching and rereading.

— Jacob


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Dumpster Dog! Cover Image
By Marc Boutavant (Illustrator), Colas Gutman
$8.95
ISBN: 9781592702527
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - June 11th, 2019

Dumpster dog may be a bit smelly, ratty, and unintelligent, but these are attributes that plague the best of us. Join this sweet dog and his bff Flat Cat in their quest for an owner who will love them with all their flaws.

— Laurel


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The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763687588
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2016

Princess Magnolia only looks like your standard-issue – until her monster alarm goes off. Perfect for beginning readers and perfect read-alouds for even younger kids – my son has been demanding Princess Magnolia at bedtime since he was two.

— Kate


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Fairy Mom and Me #1 Cover Image
By Sophie Kinsella, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781524769932
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Published: Yearling - January 29th, 2019

This book is about a girl who is not a fairy yet, but her mom is. Her mom is very bad with her wand; she forgets the codes and does what are maybe not the right spells. Perfect for readers who want a small adventure.

— Najela, Age 9


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The 13-Story Treehouse: Monkey Mayhem! (The Treehouse Books #1) Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250070654
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Published: Square Fish - April 7th, 2015

All the absurdity and radical wackiness of the Captain Underpants novels with surprisingly little insipidity. If you've ever hated Captain Underpants, this is a welcome and wonderful alternative.

— Allison


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The Dragonsitter (The Dragonsitter Series #1) Cover Image
By Josh Lacey, Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780316298988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

96 pages on Eddie, tasked with watching his uncle's pet dragon for a week; the greatest epistolary novel of our generation.

— Cristin


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Catwings Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780439551892
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Published: Orchard Books - May 1st, 2003

This book is the drawing of the hat in The Little Prince. Exquisitely and plainly, near devastatingly told. No moral. No teaching moment. No pandering. Only magic.

— Allison


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Charlie & Mouse: Book 1 (Classic Children’s Book, Illustrated Books for Children) Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452131535
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 11th, 2017

I've given this some thought, and I think Laurel Snyder may be my favorite author. Give Charlie and Mouse to someone who loves Frog and Toad, and they will probably love you forever.

— Kate


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Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780142408889
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Published: Puffin Books - September 6th, 2007

Despite competition from shady neighborhood thug Wikipedia Brown, our boy EB is still exactly as awesome as he was when you were in elementary school. Anyone who makes it a decade on this earth without knowing this series should be held back from turning 11 until the situation is remedied.

— Cristin


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Lulu and the Brontosaurus (The Lulu Series) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416999621
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2012

If a brontosaurus in the forest wants to pet little girl, and a bossy little girl in the forest wants a pet brontosaurus, whose will will win?

— Laurel


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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101918715
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Published: Tundra Books - October 4th, 2016

One way to know that your friend is real, not imaginary, is to eat waffles together.

— Katy


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Real Friends Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626727854
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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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Zita the Spacegirl Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781596434462
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Published: First Second - February 1st, 2011

After her friend gets kidnapped by aliens, Zita has no choice but to head to outer space and rescue him. With the help of an angry robot, a quiet mouse, and a clever conman, Zita builds a legend for herself. Lots of fun to read aloud!

— Jacob S.


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Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

This book makes me want to high five the entire world.

— Cristin


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Queen of the Sea Cover Image
By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536204988
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Published: Walker Books US - June 25th, 2019

A tale of palace intrigue full of faith, love, statecraft, and self-discovery, all set in an alternate past in a convent on a remote island. I'm calling all the awards right now for Dylan Meconis and this utterly beautiful graphic novel.

— Kate


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Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810984233
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2010

I like this book because it's like you're on an adventure!

— Moses, age 7


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Phoebe and Her Unicorn Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781449446208
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 2nd, 2014

"Calvin & Hobbes," but sparklier.

— Cristin


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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

Our five Lumberjanes, a diverse and realistic set of characters, are thrown into the world of the supernatural alongside their (understandably) stressed out cabin leader. Very fun and charming.

— Rushy


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Nimona Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 12th, 2015

Have you ever felt like an angry, misunderstood monster hell-bent on the destruction of all humanity, but also like you just want to hang out with your friends and eat pizza?

-Laurel


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The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061992254
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Published: HarperCollins - January 17th, 2012

Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a little zoo attraction inside a shopping mall. His best friends are the other beasts, and he spends his days in observation of the people who come and go. When a baby elephant named Ruby comes to live there, too, Ivan suddenly has to face the reality of his world and find some way to make it better. Adorable and funny and sweet and hopeful, this is going to be an award contender in 2012 for sure.

— Kate


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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
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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
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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


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Half Magic (Tales of Magic #1) Cover Image
By Edward Eager, Alice Hoffman (Introduction by), N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544671720
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

After the first time I read Half Magic (and I read it many, many times), I remember carrying around a special coin for a while...just in case.

-Kate


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The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312375980
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Published: Square Fish - January 22nd, 2008

If you are currently in a fight with New York City this book will help you remember why you loved it in the first place.

— Katie Fee


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Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062224071
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Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2013

The funniest children's book ever written.

— Sarah


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Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins #3) Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson (Illustrator), Elizabeth Portch (Translated by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780312608897
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Published: Square Fish - April 27th, 2010

Beneath these cozily domestic scenes from the life of a tight-knit family of hippopotamusesque creatures runs an eeire current of melancholy that called to me as a child.

-Maddie


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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
By E.L. Konigsburg, E.L. Konigsburg (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416949756
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2007

Two kids run away from their suburban home and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book is 100% perfect and 95% of the reason why I live in New York City today.

— Katie Fee


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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524767600
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Published: Yearling - April 2nd, 2019

At her grandmother's instistance Lucy enrolls in 7th grade at the public middle school after years of homeschooling; at Lucy's insistance they tell no one, not even her teachers, that getting struck by lightning has turned her into a math savant and she is a certifiable numbers genius. This is a love letter to math doing double duty as a picture frame for a phenomenal preteen protagonist. Lucy is one of my all-time favorites.

-Cristin


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The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142416990
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Published: Puffin Books - January 6th, 2011

By the author of the better-known "The Westing Game," this melancholy murder mystery set in Greenwich Village is a perfect novel for kids who prefer art and poetry to wizards and vampires.

— Shuja


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Fruits in Suits Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781419729416
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 5th, 2018

The weight of knowing just how wrong they were must be crushing all the fools who thought life couldn't get better after Vegetables in Underwear.

— Cristin


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The Curious Garden Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316015479
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

A small boy in a gray city finds a tiny patch of green on an abandoned train track, and the world begins to change. Perfect reading to accompany a trip to the High Line.

— Kate


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Paddington Storybook Collection: 6 Classic Stories Cover Image
By Michael Bond, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062668509
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Published: HarperCollins - October 10th, 2017

Paddington readers will likely graduate to Wilde, Wodehouse, and Waugh in short order.

-Shuja


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Miss Rumphius Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670479580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 1982

May you live the life of your dreams, but remember you must also find a way to make the world more beautiful.

— Kate


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Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) Cover Image
By Wanda Gág, Wanda Gág (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142407080
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Published: Puffin Books - October 5th, 2006

May you live the life of your dreams, but remember you must also find a way to make the world more beautiful.

— Kate


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I Really Want to See You, Grandma: (Books for Grandparents, Gifts for Grandkids, Taro Gomi Book) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452161587
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 3rd, 2018

A story of true love and six kinds of transportation.

— Bekah


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Julius, the Baby of the World Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688143886
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 21st, 1995

Don't play innocent with me: if you've ever had an intolerable younger sibling upon whom your entire family inexplicably lavished nauseating amounts of attention, you've acted like Lilly. Read this, laugh a lot at Lilly, then laugh at how terrible you used to be, and then call your sibling up and apologize.

-Matt


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Waiting Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062368430
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2015

As both small children and classic rock bands know, the waiting is the hardest part. This book makes it easier.

— Katie Fee


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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

Oliver Jeffers is here to teach us how to be people.

— Katy


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The Bad Seed Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062467768
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Published: HarperCollins - August 29th, 2017

If Michael Jackson had written "Man in the Mirror" about a sunflower seed instead of a man.

— Katie Fee


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Petra Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735262676
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Published: Tundra Books - February 6th, 2018

Petra is a mountain, silent and unmoving. She is a weather-worn pebble tumbling through a singing stream. She has been many things, hidden and visible, majestic and small. She is the scaffold for a universe of your imaginings, the steadfast keeper of your make-believes.

— Margaret


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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9780316266574
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

Open it to any page and re-live every single bit of the joy you felt on first discovering Shel Silverstein.

— Kate


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The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616207465
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

This year's Newbery Medal winner has the feel of a true classic, but there's nothing predictable about Barnhill's utterly luminous storytelling. It is, quite simply, one of the most gorgeous works of fantasy I've read in years.

— Kate


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The Thing About Jellyfish Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316380843
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

Remember around 6th grade when you started to figure out that things weren't always fair, and that even if you did everything right that didn't mean everything would go right for you, and what a devastating gut punch that was? Ali Benjamin really, really gets that.

— Cristin


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Charlotte Sometimes Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681371047
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Published: NYRB Kids - May 9th, 2017

Charlotte has been sent to boarding school, and already feels out of place, but soon things get a lot weirder, She starts waking up and finding herself in the same bed, in the same school, but instead of the present day it's 1918, where everyone thinks her name is Clare and all the teachers think she's strange and slow. For months, Charlotte wakes up, finding herself alternately in the present day and in the past, beginning to doubt whether she's really Charlotte at all. A dreamy, beautifully written book, I read Charlotte Sometimes first when I was ten (and devoured it), and again at fourteen, when I discovered that The Cure had written a song about it. 

— Madeleine


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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781595143549
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Published: Razorbill - September 7th, 2010

I liked this book so much more when 87% of its title didn't perfectly describe the living nightmare we're suffering through as a nation but even saddled with the context of current events it is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Ideal for your elementary-aged Slytherin.

— Cristin


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The Broken Lands Cover Image
By Kate Milford, Andrea Offermann (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544439429
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Published: Clarion Books - April 14th, 2015

A young card sharp hooks up with an orphan girl who plays with fireworks to defeat the evil forces that threaten 19th-century New York City. There is so much to talk about here, I could write a whole book about it. If Kate Milford hadn't already beaten me to it.

— Sarah G.


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Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw wants to be the greatest...something. Turns out he might be a great sprinter, if he doesn't sabotage his chances. I'm not generally a sports novel reader, but this, the first book in store favorite Jason Reynolds' track series, made me dig my running shoes out of the closet.

— Kate


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Orphan Island Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062443427
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Published: Walden Pond Press - October 2nd, 2018

I waited to begin Orphan Island until I knew I could spend the whole day with it, because I suspected once I dove in I wasn't going to surface until the last page--and I was right. But days later I find myself drifting back to the island and its denizens again and again. Orphan Island is that kind of place and that kind of book. The kid in me was carried away by the wildness and mystery and adventure even as the parent in me ached with the bittersweet and sometimes brutal truths underpinning it all.

— Kate