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Recommended by: Stacy
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The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062562821
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 21st, 2020

A well-written and well-researched book about the importance of reading out loud to children. Whether you’re a parent, librarian, teacher, or any other sort of influential adult in a child’s life, this book acts as a motivating reminder of why reading to kids can be so magical for both the child and the adult! [Stacy]


Recommended by: Christina
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Lowriders in Space Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781452128696
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 4th, 2014

Lowriders in Space is a lovely celebration of Mexican-American culture, street art, and creativity. I fell in love with this YA graphic novel the moment I opened it. The story is light-hearted and fun, but it’s content also stirs up important questions about being bilingual, cultural heritage, and what constitutes “real” art and books. This is a great choice for educators looking to inspire deeper dialogue among youth, particularly surrounding culture and language. Bonus: Cathy Camper is a regional artist and librarian, based out of Oregon! [Christina]


Recommended by: Stacy
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I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters with Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143132806
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Published: TarcherPerigee - July 16th, 2019

A fun, fascinating read about some freaky supernatural, or otherwise unexplainable sightings. Written in short, easy to digest sections, this book will have you peering into the dark with a little more caution and maybe a little less skepticism. [Stacy]


Recommended by: Christina
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Nature Poem Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040638
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Published: Tin House Books - May 9th, 2017

I keep forcing my friends to read this AMAZING poetry book! The poems in this book are stripped of all pomp, frill, and unnecessary imagery, and focus, instead, on breaking down stereotypes of what it means to be Native American in modern, sociological landscapes. Pico delivers his message in down-to-earth, colloquial language, making his poetry incredibly accessible to younger generations. [Christina]


Recommended by: Stacy
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Flannelwood Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781597098977
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Published: Red Hen Press - June 6th, 2019

A heartbreaking, yet gentle novel about self-discovery and resilience. [Stacy]


Recommended by: Karen
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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524732011
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Published: Knopf - June 11th, 2019

Bob-Waksberg looks at romance from all angles in a wonderfully absurd way. At the core they are love stories but they are also about doors to other dimensions where your teeth fall out, gene splicing dead presidents, and deciding how many goats to sacrifice at your wedding. [Karen]


Recommended by: Christina
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Biography of Silence: An Essay on Meditation Cover Image
By Pablo D'Ors, David Shook (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781946764232
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Published: Parallax Press - October 30th, 2018

This little beauty is a wonderful traveling companion! In it, D’Ors advocates for more meditation and silence in our daily lives, especially in light of our increasingly busy-busy lives. Overall, this book is a delightful combination of Zen Buddhism and Christian principles, and the chapters are short and non-preachy. Pass the book on when you’re done! [Christina]


Recommended by: Stacy
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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524743413
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Published: Dutton - August 6th, 2019

A positively fascinating book about humankind’s most nefarious killer. The mosquito has shaped history, culture, and population unlike any other creature that has ever existed. We are powerless against the mosquito and her determination to survive at the expense of almost all living things. [Stacy]


Recommended by: Karen
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If They Come for Us: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

Seering, lyrical, riveting. This is everything I could want in a collection of poems. [Karen]


Recommended by: Christina
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Ancestor Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781632159236
Availability: Special Order
Published: Image Comics - October 25th, 2016

When I picked up this graphic novel, I didn’t expect to get pulled into the dystopian story so quickly or deeply! The narrative centers around humanity’s relationship to technology and how we’re flirting with giving up autonomy for the sake of connectivity and “progress.” The nihilist in you will delight at the unexpected plot turns, and the artist in you will be giddy with the overabundance of exceptional artwork. [Christina]


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