Since we know how much you all love staff picks, we have decided to feature our monthly picks in a more accessible way for those of you shopping from home! You might remember this display from the very front of the store, the shelves greeting you as you walk in the door–but if you’re staying safe and home and missing the monthly favorite book recommendations from the staff, here we are! Bringing them to you!
Allison’s Pick: Arlo the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep, by Catherine Rayner
A beautiful, meditative bedtime book about a lion who can’t sleep–until a friend offers sage advice. From Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner. Perfect for toddlers and reluctant sleepers, this gentle and humorous bedtime story has a calming message of mindfulness and centeredness that’s beautifully complemented by gorgeous watercolor.
Elliot’s Pick: Mirror Season, by Anna-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie McLemore is my favorite author writing in Teen right now, and whenever a new title is announced I preorder it immediately. McLemore has earned my fierce loyalty by consistently delivering lush lyrical writing and stories with an emotional core that will shatter the heart. Mirror Season blends social commentary and magical realism to devastating and beautiful effect. –El
“Elbows in. Head down.” Hoyt’s writing puts us right in the saddle of this amazing true story. Striking compositions and sumptuous renderings illuminate the courageous experiences of a dedicated athlete and quiet hero who saved hundreds of lives in WWII but kept it a secret all of his life. Sure to inspire another generation to keep their “face to the wind.” –Julie
Engineers and scientists seeking inspiration and models for the coolest new technology know to look to nature, who, as usual, got there first. –Kelvin
Logan’s Pick: Kafka and the Doll, by Larissa Theule & Rebecca Green
I initially picked this up because I thought a picture book about Kafka sounded funny, but it’s actually a really sweet (and supposedly true!) story about an ailing Kafka writing letters to a little girl through the voice of her missing beloved doll, encouraging her to see the world and live life to the fullest. –Logan
Megan’s Pick: Muse, by Brittany Cavallaro
Delicious alternate history Chicago with a wonderful main character who learns how to be strong in the aftermath of abuse and comes into her own powers beautifully. –Megan
Revati’s Pick: Onyx, by Vita Murrow
Read about Onyx, the wolf pup, who was the runt of the litter. Although he was bullied by his siblings for being the smallest and scruffiest, Onyx knew that he could lead a pack better than anyone. As he grew up, he learned to resolve conflict, becoming a step-dad to another family of wolves who had lost their alpha. But it all changed when the toughest pup of the family partnered with a rival pack…
Susie’s Pick: Prairie Days, by Patricia MacLachlan
Patricia MacLachlan applies her lyrical, sparse voice and vibrant, tender art from Micha Archer to transport readers to the prairie of her youth in this stunning celebration of the beauty in the world.
Tara’s Pick: The Sea in Winter, by Christine Day
An Own Voices middle grades book that follows Maisie, a Native American middle schooler who has her heart set on being a ballerina, yet a torn ACL injury is preventing her from pursuing her dance dreams. This explores love, mental health, and class. –Tara
Teresa’s Pick: Go, Otto, Go! by David Milgrim
Otto the robot builds a spaceship in this funny and poignant Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. This Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator David Milgrim is part of the award-winning, star-reviewed The Adventures of Otto series!