Staff Picks - Books for Kids

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Ish (Creatrilogy) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780763623449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2004

You don’t have to be “the best” to enjoy doing something! Charming! - Jolie


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The Animal Family Cover Image
By Randall Jarrell, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062050885
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Published: HarperCollins - February 27th, 1997

A lonely hunter discovers a mermaid, a bear cub, a baby lync -- and one more! (Read to find out). With its thick, creamy paper, small format, and stunning Sendak illustrations, this is a truly lovely, special book. - Marni


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My Side of the Mountain Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780141312422
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Published: Puffin Books - May 21st, 2001

Classic story about a boy surviving on his own in the Catskills with only a falcon as a companion. I LOVED this book as a kid - Nick


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Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780679847595
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Published: Yearling - November 23rd, 1993

Three adopted sisters attend an acting & dancing school. They vow to make a name for themselves, but Petrova prefers planes to plies… – Jolie


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I Like You Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9780395071762
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 1990

Sometimes it is better to be sad. You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute. You want to think about things. It takes time. True friends share ideas and no matter their disagreements, they go on choosing each other. Over and over again. – Eleni


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Farmer Boy: Full Color Edition (Little House #2) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060581824
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: HarperCollins - May 11th, 2004

This one is about her husband’s childhood in upstate New York. It’s one of the best -- he must have been a great storyteller. A prosperous, glorious farm and a world of hard work and happiness. (Sorry girls, they don’t make ‘em like that anymore.) – Kate


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Mr. Popper's Penguins Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316058438
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 2nd, 1992

Mr. Popper and family adopt a penguin, and then another… told so you’ll think you could actually have some in your home! I adore Mr. Popper and his personable penguins. – Jolie


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The Odyssey Cover Image
By Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763642686
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Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2010

(Note: NOT by Homer Simpson). The original action-adventure epic, complete with exquisite illustrations. Follow Odysseus, great hero and king, on his journey home to Ithaca. On the way, he’ll have to defeat witches, cyclops, sirens, and even the gods themselves! (And, for a different take on the Trojan War, give The Iliad a go!) – Maggie


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The Abandoned Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590176269
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Published: NYR Children's Collection - April 9th, 2013

I thought I dreamed this book until it appeared on the shelf of my bookstore. A boy rushes to save a cat from a truck, and the truck hits him, and he becomes a cat, and it’s just the most marvelous dreamlike cat book. Gender- and species-fluid. – Kate


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The Borrowers Cover Image
By Mary Norton, Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152047375
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2003

There aren’t many left. Only tiny family lives under the floorboards in the kitchen. They borrow crumbs and spools and pins and matchboxes (Look at the pictures!) They are incredibly brave. Wonderful to read aloud or to yourself.


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Anne of Green Gables Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780553153279
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Published: Yearling - September 1984

Timeless story of orphan girl who finds love and mischief. A curious delightful heroine. My favorite book! – Laura


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The Pushcart War Cover Image
By Jean Merrill, Ronni Solbert (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781590179369
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Published: NYRB Kids - September 29th, 2015

Great read aloud. NYC in the 50s. Pushcarts against Mack trucks. Hilarious, smart, canny, and human. Frank the Flower FOREVER! – Kate


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Cozy Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781452152493
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 6th, 2016

The Cozy Classics series: Well-loved stories told through 12 child-friendly words and 12 needle-felted illustrations. Find your favorite.


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The 13 Clocks: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By James Thurber, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Marc Simont (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143110149
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: Penguin Classics - August 2nd, 2016

Like a lot of Thurber, his book is the perfect mix of awesomely weird and weirdly awesome. Surreal, very funny and a top-notch read-aloud. (Be prepared to improvise melodies -- some things just have to be sung.) – Edward


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The Secret Garden: The 100th Anniversary Edition with Tasha Tudor Art and Bonus Materials Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064401883
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: HarperCollins - December 21st, 2010

Renewal, rebirth, and regrowth in a mysterious and magical garden. A book that remains in your heart forever. – Laura


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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

This book is a lovely welcome to Earth. Oliver Jeffers reminds us how the “big globe” we live on is full of life and so much to learn! – Andy


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Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061124952
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

Classic story of true friendship. A talented spider and a loving pig star in this not-to-be-missed beloved book. – Laura