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When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Staff Pick
My first thought when I closed the covers of this book was, Wow. My second thought was, I want to read this again. My third thought was, How can I possibly describe this book to anyone else? When You Reach Me is like one of those great books/movies... (read more)

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How I Live Now
How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff
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A gritty, funny, and widely influential novel (it caused quite a stir!) that I guarantee you'll read time and time again. Powerful and worthy of many re-readings.... (read more)

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I Am the Messenger
I Am the Messenger
by Markus Zusak
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I've got to hand it to Australian author Markus Zusak: this book single-handedly made me want to be a better person. As a lifelong reader, I feel a book like this, one that can really change people, comes around so rarely that Zusak must be recognized as... (read more)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
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Once I started this book, I couldn't stop reading. Not only is this young adult book funny and touching — it feels so real. Anyone of any age who has struggled to know themselves and has fought for happiness will find resonance in the words and... (read more)

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Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
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A fellow teen's suicide is certain to rock a school...but imagine the destruction that follows when the dead girl's classmates discover her tape recordings are being delivered one by one to each person she felt had a hand in her decision. If you're... (read more)

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The Arrival
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
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Shaun Tan, one of my favorite children's book illustrators, draws upon hundreds of years worth of immigrant stories to tell this single but universal tale: one of alienation, magic, and bravely bearing the wonderful and frightening strangeness of a new... (read more)

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An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green
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From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars  Michael L. Printz Honor Book Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Katherine V thought boys were gross Katherine X just wanted to be friends Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail K-19... (read more)

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
by Suzanne Collins
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Never have I been more excited for a sequel to be released than after I read Hunger Games, and thankfully, Suzanne Collins delivered. I burned through Catching Fire like it was on fire, hurtling through the revelations and heart-stopping twist. I am... (read more)

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01)
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01)
by Rick Riordan
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Devastated by the end of the Percy Jackson series? Cry no more! Fans can return to Camp Half-Blood in this brand-new series featuring the next generation of kids who are half human, half Greek god. Will Percy Jackson make an appearance? Find out!... (read more)

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Paper Towns
Paper Towns
by John Green
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Part road trip novel and part mystery, Paper Towns is about an ordinary boy and the enigmatic girl next door, who charmingly sprinkle clues for him using Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. John Green doesn’t gloss over anything in the young adult... (read more)

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Tales from Outer Suburbia
Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan
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This set of illustrated short stories by staff favorite Shaun Tan offers a fabulous showcase of his range as an artist. Many of his stories are open-ended, which immediately drew a comparison in my mind to The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van... (read more)

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Now One Foot, Now the Other
Now One Foot, Now the Other
by Tomie dePaola
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Now One Foot, Now the Other is an absolutely sweet grandfather-grandson friendship story, but it's also a great tool for teaching kids about strokes and preparing them for the changes they might see. In fact, I had a young friend once who experienced... (read more)

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Daddy, Papa, and Me
Daddy, Papa, and Me
by Leslea Newman
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Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are two super-cute new board books that show a day in the life of two toddlers and their loving parents. From the first cup of juice in the morning to the final kiss goodnight, these board books — the first... (read more)

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Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4)
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4)
by Jeff Kinney
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For the first time in this wickedly popular series, Greg Heffley keeps his diary — ahem, make that "journal" — during summer vacation when he gets to be around his beloved family all the time! Aaagh! This hilarious comic/novel combo is the go-to pick... (read more)

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I Love My New Toy! (Elephant and Piggie Books)
I Love My New Toy! (Elephant and Piggie Books)
by Mo Willems
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Willems, author of the wildly popular Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, captivates early readers with two expressive best friends, Elephant and Piggie. They navigate the perils of friendship, a la Frog and Toad, in entertaining stories that use... (read more)

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Chicken Butt!
Chicken Butt!
by Erica S. Perl
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I don't know if y'all have heard, but chickens are the new penguins. But this is more than a new picture book featuring cute chickens... it's about chicken butts! Well, specifically, it's an expanded version of the age-old silly response to "Guess what?"... (read more)

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Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
by Lawrence Goldston and Nancy Goldstone
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The Goldstones, who have been running parent-child book groups for six years, deliver a fabulous and entertaining book on how to read children's books with children, using examples from a range of reading levels (from second grade, like Charlotte's Web... (read more)

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Mommy, Mama, and Me
Mommy, Mama, and Me
by Leslea Newman
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Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa, and Me are two super-cute new board books that show a day in the life of two toddlers and their loving parents. From the first cup of juice in the morning to the final kiss goodnight, these board books — the first... (read more)

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Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children
Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children
by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
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Though rarely would I refer to a parenting book as a "page turner," NurtureShock is just that fascinating. Bronson and Merryman call on neuroscience to show how conventional parenting wisdom often doesn't jive with the biological reality of a child's... (read more)

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All Kinds of Families!
All Kinds of Families!
by Mary Ann Hoberman
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If there was ever a book that I wanted everyone in the whole wide world to read, this would be it. With its retro '70s illustrations and Japanese cuteness, I could look at the pictures for hours. And there's so much to look at, I'm usually just... (read more)

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