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!
Revati’s Pick: No Fuzzball! by Isabella Kung
I know, I’m recommending another cat book for kids but Isabella Kung is amazing! No Fuzzball rules her Queendom with the chaotic energy of most cats but she’ll charm you in no time. Every page is simple yet perfect and will make you laugh out loud.
Teresa’s Pick: The World’s Most Pointless Animals: Or Are They? by Philip Bunting
A funny, informative book that dives into all the animals that do nothing (or seem to do nothing). Koalas, jellyfish, naked mole rats, axolotls….and everything weird animal in between. Wonderful read for kids and adults.
Nicole’s Pick: The Girl from the Sea, by Molly Ostertag
The perfect graphic novel for queer kids trying to figure out who they are and how they fit in the world–for reminding them that plans can change and people can change and that’s okay. It’s not a perfect coming out story, but it is an important one. Also, there’s a selkie, and she’s adorable. It’s soft and beautiful, and just the right size for a quick evening escape to the sea.
Elliot’s Pick: Catfishing on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer
What if an AI decided to devote its time collecting cat pictures, managing social media, and helping people? This book takes a sci-fi world and blends it with the pacing and tension of a thriller. Aided by the AI CheshireCat, we follow Steph as she tries to fit in at yet another new school while also hiding from the man that hunts her and her mother: her father.
Julie’s Pick: El Cucuy is Scared, Too! by Donna Barbara Higuera and Juliana Perdomo
Engaging, bright illustrations elevate the adorable story of a sweet boy who learns to deal with new fears as he reassures his own little boogeyman, El Cucuy. The languages are woven gracefully together making this a delightful and educational read-aloud!
Kelvin’s Pick: 4 Fantastic Novels, by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
I first read The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death in college. I gave it to friends, who of course thought it was a pretty weird choice for a supposed adult. But when you find your people, be they fictional characters or their creator, you know it. This volume includes Avocado’s sequel, The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror, as well as Borgel, The Worms of Kukumlima, and Yobgorgle. Don’t ask. Just read.
Andrea’s Pick: Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On follows Simon Snow, a chosen one who doesn’t want to be a chosen one. Essentially written like an enemies to lovers fanfiction, this book is both hilarious and action-packed. Definitely one I could not put down. Also, the third book of the series was just released.
Zane’s Pick: Witches Steeped in Gold, by Ciannon Smart
A debut fantasy novel set in a Jamaican-inspired fantasy world, this book is about two characters on opposing sides of a generation-spanning, grueling conflict. Chances are you’re going to like them both, which is both the fun part and the hard part.
Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!