Sara & Casey's Kids and Teens Book Faves

Here you'll find some of our favorite kids' books. Age recommendations are included. Enjoy, kids of all ages!

Coyote at the Big Time: A California Indian 123 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781597144308
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Published: Heyday Books - May 8th, 2018

Board book -- ages 0-3

With beautiful illustrations, Risling teaches 123s to young ones with help from some Native California traditions. Good representation for Native Americans and good intro to different cultures for non-Native Americans! -Sara


Do You Know a Superhero? Cover Image
By duopress labs, Jesús Escudero (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781947458246
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Published: duopress - September 4th, 2018

Board book -- ages 0-3

Such a cute book about how everyone who does good in the world can be a superhero. Inclusive & cute cartoonish illustrations -Sara


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

What a beautiful book. It’s all about that quintessential human experience of feeling different, of feeling left out. But this book shows you how to make it through those feelings and find the courage to share yourself with others, to try to connect. -Sara


Geraldine Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626723597
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 26th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in -- especially if you’re a tall giraffe. Geraldine has to learn to find her loud, not-hiding voice and comes to learn that she is not That Giraffe Girl, but the One & Only Geraldine! This story will tug at your heartstrings and the illustrations will make you melt into a puddle of joy. -Casey


The Dreamer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452156088
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

Can pigs learn to fly? Maybe with a little luck, perseverance, and a dream…read it and find out! I love the illustrations!!! -Sara


Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude (A New York Public Library Book) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250155016
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 28th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

This stunningly illustrated story about a lion searching the New York Public Library for his companion is enchanting. It’s about friendship and wonder, and above all an appreciation of books and libraries. -Casey


Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780735843226
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Published: NorthSouth Books - October 2nd, 2018

Picture book -- ages 4 and up

SO CUTE! This is the story of the mouse Pete and his desire to find his long lost ancestor’s treasure. He solicits the help of a mouse professor and together they have to problem-solve their way through the mystery of Pete’s missing ancestor. The illustrations are GORGEOUS and there’s some real historical facts mixed into the story! I like Pete’s determination & ingenuity. -Sara


Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

I love this book so much. It’s the story of Julián and how he's inspired when he sees some people dressed as mermaids on the train. At his Abuela’s house, he decides to turn himself into a beautiful mermaid and gets creative with everyday objects to make his costume. The illustrations are gorgeous. -Sara


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lamb Cover Image
By Bridget Heos, Sarah Jennings (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681524054
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Published: Amicus Ink - August 21st, 2018

Picture book -- ages 2 and up

...wait...that’s not how the song goes! And Lamb is not having it! This is the silliest book I have had the pleasure of reading since The Book With No Pictures! -Casey


Good Morning, Neighbor Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Maria Dek (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616896997
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 4th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

Learn how to build community with Mouse et al as they try to find the ingredients needed to make a cake!! Love all the animals and their cooperative spirits. -Sara


Even Superheroes Make Mistakes Cover Image
By Shelly Becker, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454927037
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - October 2nd, 2018

Picture book -- ages 2 and up

An imaginative way to teach kids about responsibility. It’s okay to make mistakes and what matters is how you choose to act after that matters. Love all the original superhereos!!! -Sara


Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

This is the semi-autobiographical story of a mother and son’s immigration from Mexico to the US. They end up in San Francisco (there’s a cool BART map illustration!) and have a really hard time fitting in because they don’t speak the language and everything is unfamiliar. But then a magical place (hint hint BOOKS) helps them to find solace and a way to understand their new home. Really unique & lovely. -Sara


The Night Dragon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781786031075
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Published: Lincoln Children's Books - August 7th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 3 and up

Over the course of this story, Maud learns to listen to a trusted friend, overcomes bullying, and stays true to herself. Plus, since Maud is a beautiful rainbow-colored dragon, there’s a whole fairytale & fable vibe that I really enjoyed.
-Sara


Ghoulia (Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781419732935
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 28th, 2018

Early chapter book -- ages 6-9

This book is spooky but also friendly and the characters like Tragedy the Dog and Auntie Departed are absolutely darling. Great transition between picture books and chapter books! -Casey


A New Friend (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #1) Cover Image
By Poppy Green, Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481428323
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Published: Little Simon - January 20th, 2015

Early chapter book -- ages 6-9

You can’t help but admire sweet Sophie Mouse, who even when facing her fears remains gentle and kind. This is a great one for kids starting school and making new friends. -Casey


Ella and Owen 1: The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom! Cover Image
By Iryna Bodnaruk (Illustrator), Jaden Kent
$5.99
ISBN: 9781499803686
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Published: little bee books - March 7th, 2017

Early chapter book -- ages 6-9

Fun & exciting adventure with dragons at the protagonists! -Sara


Isadora Moon Has a Birthday Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780399558351
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2018

Early chapter book -- ages 6-9

I love Isadora Moon! She's a vampire AND a fairy! Perfect for the aspiring girly-girl goth. P.S. there's also glitter. -Sara


Breakout Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681195360
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 5th, 2018

Chapter book -- ages 8-12

Nora & her friend Lizzie gather letters, recordings, and texts for their small town’s time capsule when 2 inmates from the local prison escape! Nora and Lizzie always thought of their town as comfortable & friendly, but it quickly turns into a place of fear, discomfort, & prejudice. And Elidee’s the new black girl in town & she feels isolated and stereotyped everywhere she goes. This “welcoming” town isn’t so welcoming to everyone. This book is told in a really fun way thru letters & audiorecordings & other multimedia! I learned a lot! -Sara


Blended Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442495005
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 30th, 2018

Chapter book -- ages 8-12

This book is about a girl who is blended in the sense that she’s biracial, and who is in a blended family as her parents have divorced and met other people. Isabella is at an age where she is coming to comprehend racial tensions in society and has to process it all, and it gets quite intense — Draper doesn’t guard 11-year-old Isabella (or readers) from the violence and ugliness, although there are plenty of moments of love and joy as well. It has mature but relevant themes and could make a good conversation starter for talking to middle graders about race and divorce. -Casey


Tight Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524740559
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 4th, 2018

Chapter book -- ages 8-12


Hurricane Child Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129304
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

Chapter book -- ages 8-12

A beautiful story about a girl born during a hurricane on the Virgin Islands. Caroline deals with a lot -- her mom leaving, bullies at her school, and the possiblity of a "ghost" who keeps following her. But then her new best friend Kalinda moves to town and helps Caroline weather her problems. Relateable and visceral. -Sara


You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545956246
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 25th, 2018

Chapter book -- ages 8-12


DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1): Book 1 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
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Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Graphic novel -- ages 10 and up

Enter the world of DeadEndia...if you dare!! Barney starts working at a haunted house with his bff Norma and his dog Pugsley. But then they have to fight all these demons & try to save the world?! Super funny & romantic & #friendshipgoals. You should read it! -Sara


Undocumented: A Worker's Fight Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419728549
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 7th, 2018

Picture book -- ages 12 and up

This is an older person’s picture book about an immigrant named Juan who moves the US for a job. He’s undocumented and works hard, but when he realizes his workplace is taking advantage of him and his fellow employees, he risks a lot to stand up and fight. It’s realistic, but so hopeful and powerful. I also like how the book fans out into an accordian instead of normal turning pages; this format is based on the ancient Mixtec codex format! -Sara


A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

This is 100% my favorite book of the year. It brims with love, hate, anger, fierceness, vulnerability, and hope. Shirin is a Muslim American teen in NYC directly following the 9/11 attacks. Her story exposes the blatant racism Muslim Americans faced/still face, along with the more subtle microaggressions that can only be seen through her eyes. When she falls for a white boy, she has to weigh her desire to protect herself from outside hate or live her life unguarded. It’s beautiful, breathtaking, and so much more. -Casey


Dread Nation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

I keep thinking about this book and it might end up being one of my faves, honestly. It's just so bad-ass and different from most of the things I read. In case you didn't read the description yet, Dread Nation is the story of Jane, a black teenage girl who is learning how to destroy zombies in Reconstruction Era Baltimore. So we've already got tons of my favorite things -- historical fiction, race relations/politics, and zombies. Yay!! -Sara


Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

A beautiful story about coping with depression, learning about your culture, & making friends. Darius is half Persian, but he’s never been to Iran & he’s only ever seen his grandparents on Skype. So he’s understandably nervous when his grandpa gets sick & his whole fam decides to visit Iran to see him. Really unique voice & stays with you long after it’s over. -Sara


Undead Girl Gang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478238
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Published: Razorbill - May 8th, 2018

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

This book is like Mean Girls with amateur witchcraft and it's 100% as hilarious and irreverent as it sounds. When Mila's best friend and two mean girls from school are found murdered, Mila raises them from the dead and forms a gang of crime-solving zombies to get to the bottom of it. Loved it! -Casey


Sadie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

If you like podcasts and thoughtful and heart-wrenching critiques of America’s obsession with the archetypal “missing girl,” you’ll like this book. Sadie is the story of how a 19 year old girl embarks on a mission to avenge her 13 year old sister’s death. Half of the narrative is Sadie’s own, who she talks to & where she travels; the other half of the story is told as a podcast called “The Girls,” trying to piece together where missing girl Sadie went after her sister’s death. This novel evokes a very realistic & sad America, but it’s also really beautiful & features the kind of strong women characters we need. -Sara


The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425091
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Published: Speak - January 3rd, 2017

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

This Regency era fantasy series is like Jane Austen meets The Mortal Instruments. It's a richly detailed book you'll want to savor every word of - probably while curled up with a cup of tea (that will turn cold before you know it because you'll be so engrossed in the book). -Casey


We Are Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525425892
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

Young adult book -- ages 13 and up

This book is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It is quiet and contemplative while also being an emotionally riveting reflection on solitude, grief, love, and growing up. -Casey