Our Favorite Children's & YA

This list of hand-selected books are what we recommend for anything child or young adult-related - birthdays, baby showers, or any occasion.


 

The ABCs of Black History By Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523507498
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 8th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright!


Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.
 


Antiracist Baby Picture Book By Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
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Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!


Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.


Nour's Secret Library By Wafa' Tarnowska, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wafa' Tarnowska, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646862917
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Published: Barefoot Books - March 29th, 2022

Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author's own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour's Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times.


When Aidan Became a Brother By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781620148372
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 4th, 2019

Stonewall Book Award Winner, American Library Association (ALA)
Rainbow List, GLBTQ Round Table, American Library Association (ALA)
Lasting Connection Title, Book Links
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
White Raven Selection, International Youth Library
Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal


What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns By Katherine Locke, Anne Passchier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katherine Locke, Anne Passchier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316542067
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

Follow Ari through their neighborhood as they try to find their words in this sweet, accessible introduction to gender-inclusive pronouns that is perfect for readers of all ages.  Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him.


Bathe the Cat By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452142708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - February 8th, 2022

Cats + water: What could go wrong? This riotous romp of a picture book follows a frantic family as they try to get some chores done—with no help from the family cat, who keeps scrambling the list of chores to hilarious effect. Get ready for a rollicking read-aloud with a truly purrfect ending. It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath.


Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations) By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593519394
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - May 25th, 2021

Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. Now available as a hardcover picture book! 


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With) Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.  With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special.


Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life, from award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl.

Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She's a midwife, an intrepid explorer, a hard worker and a kind friend.


Mr. Watson's Chickens By Jarrett Dapier, Andrea Tsurumi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jarrett Dapier, Andrea Tsurumi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452177144
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 5th, 2021

Interrupting Chicken meets Click, Clack, Moo in this zany classic-in-the-making!

With rollicking rhythms, nonsensical refrains, and too many chickens to count, this modern classic will inspire unstoppable giggles and endless rereads. Bawka-bawka!


Yes! No!: A First Conversation About Consent (First Conversations) By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593521885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - August 16th, 2022

A picture book edition of the bestselling board book about consent, offering adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.


A board book bestseller – now in picture book!


It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity By Theresa Thorn, Noah Grigni (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Theresa Thorn, Noah Grigni (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250302953
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 4th, 2019

A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between.


We Move Together By Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, Eduardo Trejos (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849354042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: AK Press - April 6th, 2021

Ontario Library Association Best Bets 2021 List.
Winner of the International Latino Book Awards' Best Educational Children's Picture Book in English.


C is for Consent By Eleanor Morrison, Faye Orlove (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eleanor Morrison, Faye Orlove (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780999890806
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(This book cannot be returned to our store.)
Published: Phonics with Finn - May 1st, 2018

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063060234
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2022

National Bestseller * Longlisted for the National Book Award

A sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self. Perfect for fans of Erika L. Sánchez, Leah Johnson, and Gabby Rivera.


A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book of Tea #1) By Judy I. Lin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250767080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 29th, 2022

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
A 2022 PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Summer!

Judy I. Lin's sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.


I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, "These are the hands that buried my mother."


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Hell Followed with Us By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682633243
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Teen - June 7th, 2022

A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors.

“A long, sustained scream to the various strains of anti-transgender legislation multiplying around the world like, well, a virus." —The New York Times

*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 By Koyoharu Gotouge Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781974700523
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 3rd, 2018

Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!

In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself!


Ace of Spades By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250800817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 1st, 2021

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do. —Aces


Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

A PRINTZ MEDAL WINNER!
A MORRIS AWARD WINNER!
AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD YA HONOR BOOK!

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.


They Both Die at the End By Adam Silvera Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062457806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 18th, 2018

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.


Beasts of Ruin By Ayana Gray Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593405710
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 26th, 2022

In this much anticipated follow up to New York Times bestselling Beasts of Prey, Koffi’s powers grow stronger and Ekon’s secrets turn darker as they face the god of death.


The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
$14.99
Unavailable To Order
ISBN: 9781338540574
Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

From the author of The Witch Boy trilogy comes a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love.

Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives.


The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea By Axie Oh Cover Image
By Axie Oh
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780867
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 22nd, 2022

A New York Times Bestseller!

Axie Oh's The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is an enthralling feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale "The Tale of Shim Cheong," perfect for fans of Wintersong, Uprooted, and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) By Tomi Adeyemi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Instant New York Times Bestseller
TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time
TIME Best YA Books of All Time
TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2020
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018
TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018
NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great Reads List
Buzzfeed's 24 Best YA Books of 2018


Heartstopper #1: A Graphic Novel By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice Oseman, Alice Oseman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338617436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - May 5th, 2020

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet and charming coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. This edition features beautiful two-color artwork.

Now streaming on Netflix!

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning.


Ain't Burned All the Bright By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534439467
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin, had a mind-meld.


The Witch King By H. E. Edgmon Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781335425843
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Published: Inkyard Press - April 19th, 2022

A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2021

To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fianc he left behind.


Sasaki and Miyano, Vol. 1 By Shou Harusono Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781975320331
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Published: Yen Press - February 2nd, 2021

It all started like a typical old-school boys’ love plotline—bad-boy senior meets adorably awkward underclassman, one of them falls in love, and so on and so forth. But although Miyano is a self-proclaimed boys’ love expert, he hasn’t quite realized…he’s in one himself.


Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Pacific Rim
meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.


The Keeper of Night By Kylie Lee Baker Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335405661
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 12th, 2021

"Sharp and seductive...a fantasy with teeth." --Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

A girl of two worlds, accepted by none... A half Reaper, half Shinigami soul collector seeks her destiny in this haunting and compulsively readable dark fantasy duology set in 1890s Japan.

Death is her destiny.


All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

National Book Award FINALIST
An INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!

"All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don’t fit in." — New York Times Book Review


Go For It, Nakamura!! By Syundei Cover Image
By Syundei
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626928879
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Published: Seven Seas - July 3rd, 2018

Nakamura loves a boy in his class--now he just has to keep himself together! Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with another boy--his dreamy high school classmate Hirose. But there's a problem: they haven’t met yet. And Nakamura is a total klutz who might bungle things before they even begin!


Cemetery Boys By Aiden Thomas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's New York Times-bestselling paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as "groundbreaking."

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.


Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534496194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

A #1 New York Times bestseller
Four starred reviews!
“Messily human and sincerely insightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (


Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster By Andrea Mosqueda Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250822055
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 24th, 2022

In this voice-driven young adult debut by Andrea Mosqueda, Maggie Gonzalez needs a date to her sister's quinceañera - and fast.


The Summer I Turned Pretty By Jenny Han Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781416968290
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2010

Now a streaming series in Summer 2022!

Belly has an unforgettable summer in this stunning start to the Summer I Turned Pretty series from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (now a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.

Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

Belly measures her life in summers.