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!
Nicole’s Pick: Vespertine, by Margaret Rogerson
Is there anything more achingly soul-satisfying than a Margaret Rogerson book? No, is the answer. VESPERTINE is gorgeous. Achy. Atmospheric. For those of us weird, lapsed Catholics who still have heirloom rosaries made of bone and the aesthetic to go with ’em. Just. Gorgeous. Margaret’s characters are, as always, exquisite, and the imagery and syntax has that dreamy quality I fell in love with in Enchantment of Ravens. Is this my favorite book of the year? Seems likely.
Teresa’s Pick: Poultrygeist, by Eric Geron
A hilarious story about a chicken who crossed to the other side and refuses to haunt others. Fair warning from the author “Contains images that may scare you silly!”
Zane’s Pick: The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman
Lucy hears wolves in the walls, and her family does not believe her. This book has the same Neil Gaiman spooky charm as Coraline, and the art is something special as well. It’s a fantastic Spooktober book, and apparently a few years ago they made a VR adaptation, which I haven’t experienced but sounds very interesting doesn’t it.
Elliot’s Pick: Tales from the Inner City, by Shaun Tan
A gorgeous collection of short fiction paired with stunning artwork. Each tale examines our relationships with the natural world and how animals intersect with humanity, all while using a lens of magical realism. Perfect for ages 9 to 90.
Revati’s Pick: Dragons are the Worst, by Alex Willan
Everyone thinks dragons are so scary and cool, but Alex Willan will prove you wrong in his newest magical book. Gilbert the Goblin is JUST as scary as a dragon…FEAR HIM! He will delight readers of any age with his facts (not scientifically proven) on goblins and dragons.
Julie’s Pick: Tad Lincoln’s Restless Wriggle, by Beth Anderson
This heartwarming yet fascinating story is a window into the father and son relationship between Lincoln and his restless son, Tad. Young readers will easily identify with the curious and wriggly Tad, who had difficulty in being understood by many, but not his father. Here we also learn that Tad’s heart was as big as his fathers, as well as his sense of justice, respect for all, and of duty in servicing the community. And you’ll be surprised to learn how the first presidential pardon for a turkey came about! Masterful illustrations by S.D. Schindler bring all to life!
Andrea’s Pick: Wilder Girls, by Rory Power
A great read for spooky season! A terrifying queer novel, this book plays off of suspense and horror to lead a reader through the slow unraveling of the body and the mind. A book I don’t suggest reading in the dark, but definitely one I suggest reading.
Kelvin’s Pick: The Big Book of Monsters, by Hal Johnson
Why is Frankenstein’s monster such a misunderstood misanthrope? What keeps Dracula up at night? There’s no better time or way to learn the front and back stories of literature’s best-loved(?) monsters than this frighteningly informative and spookily well-illustrated book.
Allison’s Pick: Negative Cat, by Sophie Blackall
Two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall spins a winning tale about Max, a feline whose behavior doesn’t win any raves, except from the boy who believes in him and finds a way to turn a negative into a positive.
Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!