Staff Picks: Our Favorite Books of 2019

Children's Books

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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (Dinosaur Books, Dinosaur Books for Kids, Dinosaur Picture Books, Read Aloud Family Books, Books for Young Children) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452170336
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 5th, 2019

A wonderful story about a kid T-Rex who wants to give his friend a hug, only he can't because his arms are too short. Sweetness and silliness ensues as he tries to find another way to make his friend feel better. This book made me smile and I guarantee it will make you smile too.


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Daniel and Ismail Cover Image
By Juan Pablo Iglesias, Alex Peris (Illustrator), Ilan Stavans (Translated by), Eliezer Nowodworski (Translated by), Frieda Press-Danieli (Translated by), Randa Sayegh (Translated by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632061560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Restless Books - August 20th, 2019

A tale of two boys with much in common who awaken to world conflict after accidentally swapping a tallit shawl for a keffiyeh scarf at the park. Written in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, a friendship is forged through soccer play in spite of religious differences. The pages turn from right to left in the style of Hebrew and Arabic texts.

A multilingual story (Arabic, English, Hebrew) of hope, soccer and friendship between a boy in Israel and a boy in Palestine. A timely and delightful book - perfect for helping children understand larger conflicts. The bright illustrations and artful layout of the text bring an upbeat mood to the pages.


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I Want a Dog Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - September 24th, 2019

Children will delight in this funny tale of a girl's trip to the animal shelter gone awry. Keep them chuckling as more and more absurd animals are trotted out. What perfect pet will she take home?


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Chirri & Chirra, Underground Cover Image
By Kaya Doi (Created by), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702442
Availability: Backordered
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - July 2nd, 2019

Two sisters journey from their basement into a tender underground world. Kids will love to discover the gifts Chirri and Chirra receive along their way. Translated from the Japanese and illustrated with bright, soft color pencil, this book is a pure delight!


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Love Around the World Cover Image
By Fleur Pierets, Fatinha Ramos (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781644420058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Six Foot Press - November 12th, 2019

This book is a beautiful celebration of different wedding customs around the world. Yes, it's about two women getting married, and addresses some of the challenges of finding a place to legally wed, but the vast majority of the book focuses on their travels and the unique wedding ceremonies they experience. It celebrates Julian and Rose's lifestyle without that overshadowing the plot of the rest of the book. Fatinha's artwork is, bold, vibrant, and enchanting. A perfect introduction to marriage customs in different parts of the world, and a wonderful way to normalize the LGBT experience of those customs.


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A Big Bed for Little Snow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316478366
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Little Snow’s mother fills his big, sky-blue bed with feathers and reminds him that it is for “sleeping, not jumping.” Grace Lin’s companion myth to A Big Mooncake for Little Star is as irristable as jumping on a feathery bed.


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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

In this gripping must-read fantasy, a young girl must go on an epic journey across the sea to save her home. This is a gorgeous literary adventure about bravery, friendship, self-reliance and the choice between accepting fate of forging your own path. Inspired by Filipino folklore.


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More to the Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492096
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 3rd, 2019

Readers who haven't yet read Little Women will still love this modern story of four sisters in a Pakistani American family. While the plot line and the characters follow Louisa May Alcott's classic, there are also many modern issues. Spunky Jamela longs to be an award winning journalist and learns about fake news and other responsibilities a reporter has to take on. Her father has to go off to Abu Dhabi for a job. Her sister battles with leukemia and the boy next door is from England. Hahn does a fabulous job of depicting Jamela's close knit family as they follow traditions while tackling modern problems head on. What a wonderful way to pass on a classic story!


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Hurricane Season Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209063
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

This novel is a poigngant tearjerker for any reader who has loved someone with mental illness: Fig prides herself on taking care of her dad, however the responsibility is a lot for 6th grader. In an attempt to understand her dad, a former concert pianist, she develops an obsession for Van Gogh's paintings and the letters he wrote to his brother Theo. As her own anxiety grows with each approaching storm, she learns to open up through the help of a friend from art class, a high school girl at the library, and a new neighbor.


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Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

It's the future and the world is supposed to be monster free. When a creature comes out of a painting, Jam is forced to hunt for someone evil close to her heart. A chilling, relevant look at facing the unspeakable horrors that are sometimes right in front of us. Hauntingly beautiful


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The Grief Keeper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514022
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2019

I have not stopped thinking about Marisol since I turned the last page of her story. Her strength shines through as she's willing to take on pain for her sister and for the promise of their new life together. The reasons she has to leave El Salvador are revealed bit by bit, which add a level of tension and intrigue. As the plot unfolds we learn the many threats Marisol faces as an immigrant, a sister, a daughter and a lesbian. This incredibly well-crafted book carries important messages about the complexities of love.