Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Children and Young Adult

The Pajama Party by Geeta Pherwani

Children and Young Adult

Being a parent is tough, especially in these unprecedented times with constant change. Children were forced to experience something new outside their comfort zone with the pandemic: not meeting friends and family, wearing a mask, social distancing at schools, online school, and more. Author Geeta Pherwani encourages kids to adapt and embrace change fearlessly. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Cammy the Chameleon: Happy Forest Book 1 by Lia Manea

Children and Young Adult

Meet Cammy the Chameleon! She likes to admire beautiful landscapes and sometimes she enjoys being alone. It's the first day of Kindergarten for all the young reptiles and everybody is eager to learn new things and make new friends. Cammy will soon discover that even though she is a bit different from all the other reptiles, that's not a bad thing, quite the contrary. The story encourages empathy, understanding others, manners and patience. A fun bedtime story! From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Billy Senses The World by Stephanie O'Connor

Children and Young Adult

''Wonderful book normalizing visual impairment!'' -Amazon Reviewer. Billy Senses The World is a wonderful journey of a visually impaired beetle and his best friend Andy. They travel through different continents and countries, experiencing the best parts as they go. From $0 SHOP NOW


The Science of Defying Gravity by L. G. Reed

Children and Young Adult

"Useful, entertaining, and encouraging; will inspire confidence and an appreciation of science." -Kirkus Reviews. An upbeat tale meant to encourage girls in STEM, explores the joys of scientific discovery. “Tweens who enjoy making, building, and learning will get the most from this book about what it takes to become a scientist.” -Booklife Reviews From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Kate's Ocean by Anola Pickett

Children and Young Adult

Young children have a hard time moving from the familiar to the unknown. When her family leaves their ocean side home to live on Grandpa's Kansas farm, Kate misses her beloved ocean most of all. She finds a way to grow an ocean on the prairie. This story shows the power of a child's determination and imagination and celebrates the beauty of the prairie in bloom. From $4.95 SHOP NOW


The Order of the Key by Justine Manzano

Children and Young Adult

“Jacklyn is a perfect lead with her sharp wit and just a touch of cynicism balanced with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.” -Indies Today. Buffy meets Torchwood when geeky Jacklyn joins a fractured army that fights inter-dimensional monsters. But even in a world where nothing makes sense, she’ll discover betrayal is a universal language. “My only complaint for this book is I wish it was longer! I can not wait to read more from Manzano.” -Crossroad Reviews. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Nita's First Signs by Kathy MacMillan, Sara Brezzi (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. From $12.73 SHOP NOW


Jab and the Spelling Pooka by Anola Pickett

Children and Young Adult

When fifth grader Jab Bostwick flunks the Friday Final spelling test every week, his parents despair. Jab wants to be a disc jockey and can't really see the value of spelling. After all, DJs say words, they don't spell them. Meanwhile, another young student, pooka Rooney from Ireland, is having his own school problems. When he wins a scholarship to study in America, he lands in a dreary school run by a mean teacher. One day he crosses paths with Jab and decides to help the lad. Wackiness ensues! From $3.99 SHOP NOW


The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey by Wallace E Briggs

Children and Young Adult

"Splendidly written with generous doses of action, humor, and love - takes us on a journey as Jimmy discovers his sense of self. He travels to worlds that are treats of a fertile imagination." Jimmy is mercilessly bullied because of his strange appearance - he runs away searching for a place where he fits in. Adventure follows. "Splendidly written with action, humor, and love." -Readers' Favorite. "A young adult novel with elements of fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and outright adventure." From $2.19 SHOP NOW


The Fairy Tale Thief by Katie Tate

Children and Young Adult

Having to wear hand-me-downs while trying to fit into her posh new school is bad, but being followed to class by seven little angry men is worse. The dwarfs believe Grace has stolen the magic mirror! Readers rave: “An inventive storyline, lovable characters, and a clean read. I highly recommend.” “A great twist of the angst being in high school as the new student - with the added weight of fairy tale characters undermining what confidence or chance Grace has to get through school.” From $0 SHOP NOW


Juliette Rose's Dream of Becoming by Susan L. Pollet

Children and Young Adult

Juliette Rose’s Dream of Becoming is a wish list of the human traits, embodied by famous women in different fields, that make for an exemplary human being. She strives to grow up to have these qualities, but ultimately, she wants to accept herself as she becomes, with self love and love for her family and the world community. The illustrations show Juliette Rose as each of these women, with a visual representation of the corresponding traits. From $7.99 SHOP NOW


The Message in the Painted Rock by Tom Blanton

Children and Young Adult

"Engaging characters, fast-paced plot, and engrossing mystery...a satisfying novel for readers of all ages." -IndieReader. A tale of mystery, magic and wonder, The Message in the Painted Rock is the story of two teenagers drawn into an ancient mystery to recover a magical relic, a beautiful crystal sword. "Encourages young readers to overcome their fears and to see the wonder that's all around them." -Sublime Book Review. Free (Regularly $2.99) SHOP NOW


Somewhere in the City by J. B. Frank, Yu Leng (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

The sights and sounds of the city come alive in a magical way as Lucy waits eagerly for her father to return from work. Watching out the window, Lucy’s view of dogs, bakers, and buses is juxtaposed with her father’s journey through crowds, trains, and finally home to tuck her in. Detailed illustrations contrast a child’s fantastical view of the world with reality, all leading up to a cozy finish that will make this a perfect bedtime book for city children everywhere. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Theorie of the Storm by Jane Delaney

Children and Young Adult

"Reminded me of my first time reading Holly Black...a fantasy lover's dream!" -Tome Tender. Magi-in-training Theorie du'Ambrine finds herself stranded (with her kidnapper) in a realm thought lost to the world where she meets Taren, the last Fae Prince. "A slow-building story that has you suddenly realizing you’ve been completely and utterly sucked in." -Goodreads Reviews From $0.99 SHOP NOW


General Jack and the Battle of the Five Kingdoms by David Bush

Children and Young Adult

In a land before time, a timorous cat radically changes the destiny of the animal world forever when he embarks on an impossible struggle for liberty that culminates in an epic but disastrous battle. This anthropomorphic fantasy will appeal to fans of "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Hobbit". From $0 SHOP NOW


A Story of Giants - Book 1 by Scarlett Ripley

Children and Young Adult

“If you liked the book Vampire Academy and...The Flash and The Avengers, you’re going to like this book. [A] great balance of fantasy, action, and romance.” -Goodreads Review. Leanna discovers that she and her sister are Giants, those who guard the realm’s infinite string of worlds. When she is dispatched on a multi-world quest to stop insurgents from overthrowing the Giants’ peaceful rule, she fights to overcome a tragic past and open her heart to the man who loves her. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Holly Bloom's Garden by Sarah Ashman, Nancy Parent, Lori Mitchell (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

The luminous garden scenes and playful language in this tale of late-blooming self-discovery tell the story of Holly Bloom, a girl who wants nothing more than to be a great gardener, but simply doesn’t seem to have the knack. Despite suggestions and support from her green-thumbed mom and siblings, Holly just can't get her garden to bloom. Inspired by her artistic father, she taps into her natural creative abilities and surprises everyone by growing her own unique garden—from paper, paste, pipe cleaners, and paint! From $5.95 SHOP NOW


Struck by Rachel Langley

Children and Young Adult

Finalist in the IAN 2018 Book of the Year Awards and described as “the perfect young adult sci-fi novel” by the Midwest Book Review, Struck is a fast-paced novel about one family’s resolve amidst loss and uncertainty. When everyone from their small town disappears, four siblings hide from the authorities, hoping they can figure out what happened. A strange man arrives, claiming he can help them, and they must decide whether to trust him or be separated from their loved ones forever. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Tutti's Promise by K. Heidi Fishman

Children and Young Adult

Told by Tutti’s daughter and filled with historical documents and photos, this story vividly recreates how one family conquered fear and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of humanity and hope, helpful friends and strangers, love and courage. “Fishman tells the tale of her mother’s family with elegance and a great sense of suspense.” -Kirkus Reviews. “Meticulously researched" -Shoah Foundation. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Lucas and the Tree by Sue Kythreotou

Children and Young Adult

A playful, lighthearted and inspiring read to help children face and overcome their fears. The story is about Lucas, a young boy who suddenly hears strange sounds at night. Where is the sound coming from? Could it be coming from a scary creature outside his house? This book will also instill in children a love for nature and an awareness of the beautiful world outside. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


WHEELS: WHAT IS A VIRUS? by Melannie Baum

Children and Young Adult

“WHEELS offers a helpful introduction to the concept of a virus to young children . . . Wheels is a likable, relatable character.” -- Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW. Wheels is a young, curious tractor with a lot of questions. One questions he is curious about is, “Can I get a virus?” Farmer Tom tries to answer his questions the best he can. “A charming children’s story told from the unique perspective of a tractor. This book promotes essential tips to stay safe and positive...” Matthew Ralph. An amazing picture book for children ages 4-10. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Grandpa for Sale by Dotti Enderle, Vicki Sansum, T. Kyle Gentry (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

As her Grandpa naps on the sofa, Lizzie minds the family antique store. When the extravagantly rich Mrs. Bradley Larchmont III enters the shop and begins a buying spree, she refuses to leave without bargaining for an unexpected item...Lizzie’s Grandpa! This farcical storyline, coupled with vibrant paintings, ultimately stresses the importance of family and friendship over material possessions and selfish, money-driven desires. From $7.99 SHOP NOW


Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe, Jessica Warrick (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

Darcy has plans. She and her friend are going to play dress up, do each other’s hair, and polish their nails. Daddy has plans, too. He’s going to read the paper, mow the lawn, and fix the fence. When Darcy’s friend cancels, Daddy suggests that they tackle their to-do lists together with a Darcy-Daddy Day. Stepping outside their comfort zones, Darcy and Daddy opt to be open-minded and even a bit daring. From $7.99 SHOP NOW


Grandfather's Wrinkles by Kathryn England, Richard McFarland (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

Lucy and her grandfather are the focus of this poignant and warm story that teaches that wrinkles are badges of happiness rather than signs of age. Lucy asks Granddad, “Why doesn't your skin fit you? It’s all crinkly,” to which he replies, “Those crinkles are called wrinkles,” each of which he got when he smiled especially big. As Lucy traces Granddad’s joy-filled face, he describes his memories and shares the cause of each line—his wedding day, Lucy’s mother’s birth, precious moments from her childhood, and Lucy’s birth, among others. From $7.99 SHOP NOW


Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick by Roz Rosenbluth, Maurie J. Manning (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

When the coolest kid in the class drops by David's house after school, David is worried about how popular, zany Ruben will react upon meeting unpredictable Grandma Rosie. To his surprise, and relief, David learns that although Ruben may be a joker, he has an instant rapport with Grandma Rosie. This heartwarming story of senility and school-age embarrassment reveals the importance of looking beneath the surface to really get to know someone. From $7.99 SHOP NOW