Staff picks

Browse all our staff-written book reviews, featuring books for all ages, from kids through adults. Or, focus in on just what you're looking for by filtering our picks by age or genre.

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A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

5

In a world of white, Peter brings us all the colors. Read more...

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The Poet's Dog

4

This book begs to be read under a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate in your hand and a dog by your side. Read more...

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The Best Man

4

A great pick-me-up for tweens featuring tolerance, change and a sprinkling of humor. Read more...

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Half Wild

4

A hidden gem for short story lovers. Read more...

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Drunk Mom

4

What it's like to be an addict and a mom. Read more...

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Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

5

Without question, the finest book I've read about goat testicles this month. Read more...

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Ghost

4

9.58 seconds. That is the time Ghost needs to beat to claim the 100m world record. Problem is, Ghost has never run on a track before. Read more...

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The Great Aaa-ooo!

5

This delightful, slightly spooky book is perfect for a chilly, gloomy day! Read more...

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A Mother's Reckoning, Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

3

This book makes us ask, "Do we ever really know those around us?" Read more...

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The Queen of the Tearling

4

Is "Games of Thrones" getting a bit ponderous? Maybe it's time to take a break and get started on Erika Johansen's brisk and manageable trilogy. Read more...