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Below you'll find some of our staff's very favorite titles. 

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Go with the Flow

Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams

$14.99 $13.79

Britt says: "I cannot say enough about this book. It's funny and sweet and beautifully illustrated. Lily and Karen pull apart period stigma in an incredibly approachable way - the discussions had by friends. But this book is about so much more than periods, and rightly so, because they don't happen in a bubble. It's about first love and friendship and becoming yourself. A must-read for anyone with a uterus, and the people who love them. I wish I'd had it in high school."

I'm Worried

Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Michael Ian Black

$17.98 $16.54

Lisa says: "A storytime favorite, not just for it's silly humor, but also for the real life skills it teaches for dealing with worries and anxieties. It's a nice reminder for all of us, "...Things were bad at first but over time they turned out okay." After all, you can't just wrap yourself in bubble wrap. We know because Potato and Flamino tried."

The Grief Keeper

Alexandra Villasante

$17.98 $16.54

Dea says: "This is a tug at your soul book. The plight of Marisol and her sister Gabi as immigrants is timely and heart wrenching. They are promised safety and sanctuary if Marisol participates in a an experimental treatment where she takes on the grief of another. I had to put the book down to breathe and compose myself often. A very compelling read!"

An Ordinary Day

Elana K Arnold and Elizabet Vukovic

$17.98 $16.54

Katlyn says: "An Ordinary Day is a story that pulls at my heartstrings. It is simple and poignant, and I appreciate the casual diversity in the neighborhood. This story reminds me that even in the hustle and bustle of our world that seems to progress so quickly everyday, there are places and moments where the world changes bit by bit, family by family."

Come with Me

Pascal Lemaitre and Holly M McGhee

$17.98 $16.54

Alethea says: "What a better time than now, to buy and read this book. It is a gentle reminder that we do have control over our actions, our thoughts, and how important it is to NOT LIVE IN FEAR. Smiles are still contagious and we NEED to be an example of positivity in this very difficult time."

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

David Small and Elise Broach

$17.98 $16.54

Christian says: "A really fun concept for a book with writing that fully realizes the boy’s gleeful egging-on of his reluctant and somewhat-frustrated mother. A dynamic we’re all familiar with, though this time rather than trying to maneuver for an extra piece of candy, the boy’s goal is honest-to-goodness real life dinosaurs, free with all purchases at all establishments for one day. Errands have never been so fun to read about. I read this at a storytime and it had everyone laughing."

Vote for Our Future!

Micah Player and Margaret McNamara

$17.98 $16.54

Lisa says: "This book belongs in every classroom across our country! It explains why we vote, how we vote, and why it's important. Most importantly, it tells kids what they can do to help and how to be involved. Civic engagement in our youth will shape the political culture of our future. This book's enthusisam will help in this endeavor."

King and the Dragonflies

Kacen Callender

$17.98 $16.54

Brad says: "This book made me cry at the end, and while that's somewhat easier to do when the content is queer, it's still not easy to do. The journey that King goes on trying to grieve and simultaneously deal with his own burgeoning feelings is excellently portrayed, and the prose is just beautiful."

Allies

Alan Gratz

$17.98 $16.54

Lauren says: "My first Alan Gratz book was Refugee and it blew me away. I was drawn into the way the characters told their stories through Alan, and how his detail, dedication to research and authenticity shines through every word. ALLIES is another powerful and hard-hitting book, sure to transport you in the same way as his other novels - you aren’t just reading about a character’s story and the injustice and hardship that they face, you ARE that character, you FEEL their struggles and hardships. Set during WWII and following three inextricably linked tales, each character is sure to draw you in right from the start. I devoured this novel and once I picked it up, could not stop reading it!"

Music for Mister Moon

Erin Stead and Philip C Stead

$18.98 $17.46

Alethea says: "The sweetest and most unique story that really just seals my obsession with Philip C. Stead's books. LOVE THIS."

Splatoon, Vol. 1, Volume 1

Sankichi Hinodeya

$9.99 $9.19

Katlyn says: "I love this series! As a huge fan of the games, I feel like this manga really embodies the game play. They're fun, silly, and a quick read. Team Blue has just as much fun playing Turf War matches as I do with my friends in real life. The fact that they influence others to have fun doing what they love too is what really sells this series for me. I can't wait for more!"

Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

$16.98 $15.63

Marc says: "In Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk once again writes an amazingly compelling, interesting, and deeply truthful story. This story includes fascinating relationships between the three main characters, events that feel real, and insightful observations about ourselves as shown through the actions and desires of the characters. Ultimately, this is a book about belonging: wanting to belong, wanting to be separate, and the price we pay in both cases. I loved this book and the ending brought me to tears."

Pax

Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

$16.98 $15.62

Shannon says: "This is the book that showed me the power and importance of middle grade fiction. The story of a boy and his pet fox and their journeys to reunite, the book presents difficult emotions and how we work through and sometimes overcome them."

When We Were Magic

Sarah Gailey

$18.98 $17.46

Mariana says: "A tribute to the bonds among friends and shared courage in the face of disasters, When We Were Magic is dark, funny, beautifully queer, and has the best opening scene of any book I've read in the last few years!"

The Unspoken Name

A K Larkwood

$25.99 $23.39

Ava says: "I loved this book SO MUCH. This is the feminist fantasy that's right up there with Priory of the Orange Tree; it's breathtaking, and it tugs readers along an epic journey. Csorwe is a priestess who's been chosen as the bride (read: sacrifice) for her god, but when a sorcerer offers her a way out, she joins him on a quest to find a mythical artifact. Csorwe faces so many challenges along the way, and while my heart broke for her at some moments, this book's fast pace and thrilling prose kept me flipping pages almost faster than I could read them. I just adored this book, and I'll be handing it to anyone who needs a fantasy fix; it's just perfect!"

Twenty-One Truths about Love

Matthew Dicks

$26.99 $24.29

Britt says: "I never truly thought about how much of our lives are made up of lists. But even still, I was skeptical they could be molded into a story. Dicks blew all my misgivings to shreds with this incredibly profound narrative of the human experience. Compelling, comedic, and compulsively readable, Dicks takes a teacher turned bookstore owner turned desperate father-to-be and turns him into a perfect sounding board for our most guarded and most basic truths."

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