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James Ponti has done it again! City Spies will keep you at the edge of your seat, rooting for this once-neglected group of kids-turned-spies louder than you cheer for your favorite sports team. Because it's not just skills that make you a great spy - it's heart. (But it certainly doesn't hurt that these kids have mad skills!) -Christy
Singer's delicious verse and Priceman's rich gouache, block print, and collage illustrations combine to create a divine confection in Follow the Recipe. Playful and elegant, it's a must-add to any poetry-lover's collection.
Hannah's Favorite Spring Picture Book!
The Moon Keeper is Emile, who takes his job very seriously—he shoos away the clouds and bats and keeps the moon company. But what is he to do when the moon starts getting smaller? This gentle lunar tale works well as a quiet bedtime story and as an introduction to the phases of the moon. Patience, readers will find, can be very rewarding. -Hannah
Child of the Universe is a cosmic bedtime story that Carl Sagan would approve of--and Colon's sparkling, surreal scenes fit the quiet mood perfectly. Would make a stellar (pun intended) baby shower gift! -Hannah
Sometimes it can be difficult to stand up for yourself, especially if you're constantly being crushed by the weight of your family's expectations--go to tutoring to get good grades to attend a private school that you hate, help out in the family's struggling restaurant, keep your older sister's secrets while also keeping a mountain of your own. It all makes for an avalanche of stress that protagonist Yumi makes entertaining as she finds herself in the spotlight, her dreams of doing stand up comedy suddenly not so secret. With humor and guts, this book is all about finding the courage to go after what you want. -Julie
Liz Lawson will be coming to Avid Bookshop on April 29th! Preorder to reserve a signed copy.
Is Escargot a most endearing character? Mais oui! With a distinctive voice and flair, our favorite French snail cleverly finds a way to be the hero of the story. -Hannah
Hannah's Favorite Spring Middle Grade!
Things That Will Not Change:
1. Rebecca Stead writes pitch-perfect middle grade.
2. She really GETS how kids think and act, especially around guilt and anxiety.
3. She writes vivid characters who jump off the page.
4. She writes warm, loving families of all kinds.
5. The List of Things That Will Not Change is a book you won't want to put down, even after you've finished.
Hedgehog has lost his best friend Mutty and she goes on an adventure to find him. Along the way Hedgehog meets new friends that help him find Mutty. It is a sweet story that is a little bit Christopher Robin and a little bit Beatrix Potter. Hedgehog is so kind and sweet, you pull for him to find his friend. An endearing story that children will enjoy. -Ellen
Based on her own experiences, Lucy Knisley has created a realistic and empathetic portrayal of a girl dealing with big life changes and capturing how out-of-control life can feel as a tween. Told with depth and honesty, this book is perfect for any kid dealing with a move or becoming a blended family. -Julie
Lone Wolf is a hilariously sweet escape tale that peeks into the mind of a dog and explores family and belonging with a kid's (and dog's!) perspective. A must-read for any dog lover! -Hannah