Anna's Picks

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Nanette's Baguette By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484722862
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - October 25th, 2016

A clever, hilarious rhyming story. I love it so much! 


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Peck Peck Peck By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763689469
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Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

Reasons I love Peck Peck Peck:

  1. It's a sweet, funny story about a little woodpecker learning how to peck
  2. The artwork is vibrant and eyecatching
  3. As the woodpecker pecks, more and more holes appear on the pages, making this a great tactile book for young readers


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We Don't Eat Our Classmates: A Penelope Rex Book By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

An excellent back-to-school book about a little T-Rex who doesn't understand why her classmates don't want to be friends with her (and also can't stop eating them.) 


Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
Availability: Not in stock but may be ordered. Subject to Publisher Availability.
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Firmly rooted in 1950s San Francisco, Telegraph Club is the poingnant story of a Chinese-American teen discovering the queer community and her own identity. I love its nuanced portrayal of a character with intersecting identities. 


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Spin with Me By Ami Polonsky Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250802095
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Published: Square Fish - February 15th, 2022

From the author of the critically acclaimed Gracefully Grayson comes a thoughtful and sensitive middle-grade novel about non-binary identity and first love, Ami Polonsky's Spin with Me .


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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) By Trung Le Nguyen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

This gorgeous graphic novel will break your heart and put it back together again. The Magic Fish tells the story of Tien, a young Vietnamese-American boy who wants to tell his parents he is gay, but doesn’t know the right words in Vietnamese. Tien’s story is made all the more poignant with glimpses into the fairy tales he reads out loud with his parents, and his mother’s narration.


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Snapdragon By Kat Leyh Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Snapdragon becomes an apprentice for the town witch, and learns (a) that she is a real witch, (b) how to use magic, and (c) a lot about her own family's history. A great middle-grade graphic novel!


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Beauty Queens By Libba Bray Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439895989
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2012

What would happen if you replaced the characters in Lord of the Flies with beauty pageant contestants? Do not be fooled by the cover- this book is fast-paced, fun, and fiercely smart. Oh, and there are pirates!


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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights By Steve Sheinkin Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250073495
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Published: Square Fish - January 3rd, 2017

No one writes history for young people quite like Steve Sheinkin. This is one of my favorites of his work, but his whole backlist is well researched, sharply written and incredibly accessible for young readers.


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How to Be an Art Rebel By Ben Street, Jay Daniel Wright (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Street, Jay Daniel Wright (Illustrator)
$17.95
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ISBN: 9780500651643
Published: Thames & Hudson - May 18th, 2021

Yes! Finally, an art book that makes the topic of art history approachable and fun for kids. Love love love it!


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

This book made me laugh, cry, and compulsively re-read. Noah is a sharp observer of himself and the world with a playful narrative voice.


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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062079930
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 11th, 2011

Though Bradbury started writing The Martian Chronicles in the 1940s, so many of the issues it explores are just as relevant today. It tackles issues of settler colonialism, class, and land development through the eyes of humans colonizing Mars as well as Martians.