Birds of a Feather Read Together: 19 Reads for the Young & Young at Heart

If there is a theme to be found among this month’s staff picks, it’s friendship. The characters in these books have their own stories of friendship to share, but we like to think of books themselves as friends too. They take us on adventures, make us laugh, and help us understand ourselves and the world. We have a feeling you’ll find some great new friends among this stack of staff favorites. Happy reading!

PICTURE BOOKS
Recommended by Rae Ann

Feathers Together (Feeling Friends) By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover ImageFeathers Together

By Caron LevisCharles Santoso (Illustrator)

Feathers Together is inspired by two storks and their caretaker. It’s also a story of friendship surviving when you’re apart, but under the same sky.

Recommended by Madeline

Friends By Daniela Sosa, Daniela Sosa (Illustrator) Cover ImageFriends

An honest book about every stage of friendship, good and bad. This sweet story makes one remember how precious and resilient real friendships are, along with showing what friendship is.

Recommended by Chelsea

SumoPuppy By David Biedrzycki, David Biedrzycki (Illustrator) Cover ImageSumoPuppy

SumoKitty tries so hard to teach an eager puppy the way of catching mice, but the puppy doesn’t quite get the requirements down. Can cat and dog become friends, and can SumoPuppy find a place to fit in? This sweet book is brightly illustrated and a fun read-aloud.

Recommended by Rae Ann

The Little Toymaker By Cat Min Cover ImageThe Little Toymaker

By Cat Min

A luminously beautiful picture book about connection, memory, and joy. Perfect for the holidays or any time of the year.

Recommended by Madeline

The Best Kind of Mooncake By Pearl AuYeung Cover ImageThe Best Kind of Mooncake

A charming tale depicting the bustling alley of Tai Yuen Street in Hong Kong, based on the author’s personal experiences. AuYeung shows the heart and beauty of human empathy through sharing.

INDEPENDENT READERS
Recommended by Rae Ann

The Decomposition of Jack By Kristin O'Donnell Tubb Cover ImageThe Decomposition of Jack

Jack is called the Roadkill Kid at school. Since his parents’ divorce, Jack is his scientist mom’s assistant, collecting roadside specimens for the science lab in their backyard. When a cougar that should be extinct shows up one night, it presents a mystery that may change how Jack is viewed at home and school.

Recommended by Chelsea

The Switch By Roland Smith Cover ImageThe Switch

I am a huge Roland Smith fan, and this delivers the action and cliffhangers that he is known for. Henry’s thirteenth birthday starts off with a literal bang – some noise causes the power to go out and planes to fall from the sky. Henry’s dad had gone into work, so Henry volunteers to go find him. What ensues is a journey that will set Henry against the people who have wanted his family’s land and resources.

Recommended by Hannah

Always, Clementine By Carlie Sorosiak Cover ImageAlways, Clementine

When a scientist lets genius lab mouse Clementine out of her cage, her exciting hero’s journey begins, narrated in letters to her best friend Rosie the chimpanzee. A wonderful story about friendship and how courage comes in all sizes, this is a must-read for animal lovers!

Recommended by Rae Ann

Plotting the Stars 1: Moongarden By Michelle Barry Cover ImagePlotting the Stars 1: Moongarden

Mix The Secret Garden with science fiction, magic, and a robot friend, and you get this fun new series!

Recommended by Ashby

Let's Make History! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales): Create Your Own Comics By Nathan Hale Cover ImageLet’s Make History! (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales): Create Your Own Comics

Want to be Nathan Hale? Here is your chance. Write your own version of Donner Dinner Party. There are comic-creating challenges with some of the characters from Hale’s books. The drawing prompts are creative and will get you writing your own gruesome histories!

Recommended by Hannah

Garlic and the Witch By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator) Cover ImageGarlic and the Witch

Garlic is nervous about change, and her story shows readers of all ages that change can be a wonderful thing! Beautifully illustrated, this graphic novel is the perfect cozy pick for these autumnal months.

Recommended by Ashby

Dynamite Kids Cooking School: Delicious Recipes That Teach All the Skills You Need: A Cookbook By Dana Bowen, Sara Kate Gillingham Cover ImageDynamite Kids Cooking School: Delicious Recipes That Teach All the Skills You Need: A Cookbook

The Brooklyn Dynamite Shop is where kids from 7 to 17 learn the basics of cooking. This cookbook has what kids will want to learn to cook – everything from lasagna to dumplings. Each recipe has a takeaway that kids can use with other recipes or even when they are just playing around in the kitchen. There are lots of kid cookbooks, but this is the ONE!

YOUNG ADULT
Recommended by Aly

I Was Born for This By Alice Oseman Cover ImageI Was Born for This

Where does fandom end and obsession begin? Angel has been following The Ark online, listening to their music, and making friends with the fandom for so long it might be all she knows how to do. When fate thrusts her in the path of The Ark’s frontman during a time when he desperately needs someone, lines begin to blur. Is she a fan or is she a friend? And what, really, is the difference?

CLASSICS & BACKLIST
Recommended by Jenny

Miss Suzy By Miriam Young, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) Cover ImageMiss Suzy

By Miriam YoungArnold Lobel (Illustrator)

A timeless classic, meet Suzy, a fluffy homemaker who welcomes toy soldiers into her home. After a series of misadventures, Suzy finds the true meaning of home and friendship.

Recommended by Hannah

Matilda By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Cover ImageMatilda

By Roald DahlQuentin Blake (Illustrator)

My all time favorite children’s book, Matilda is the unforgettable story of a remarkable girl doing unbelievable things. Before checking out Netflix’s new adaptation of Matilda: the Musical, catch up with the original classic beloved by millions.

Recommended by Jenny

Mama, Do You Love Me? (Mama & Papa, Do You Love Me?) By Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator) Cover ImageMama, Do You Love Me?

By Barbara M. JoosseBarbara Lavallee (Illustrator)

A sweet tale of the everlasting and unconditional love of a mother, follow a small child navigating the thrills and adventures of living in the arctic and her mother who will love her in any situation.

Sprout Book Club: November Selection

Izzy Paints By Tim Miller, Tim Miller (Illustrator) Cover ImageIzzy Paints

The November 2022 Sprout Book Club selection is Izzy Paints by Tim Miller.

Izzy lives in the city. After visiting a museum for the first time, Izzy is inspired to make their own art in this joyful picture book about creating and sharing. It just might inspire you to pick up a paint brush and create your own masterpiece.

Early praise for the book:

“A charming stroll through the imagination and a testament to the joys of creativity” – Kirkus

Rhythmic, declarative sentences and stripped-down characterizations and settings let the creative process and its rewards shine—and, via the artist’s spattering, splattering hues, bring new meaning to the term ‘flying colors’”  – Publishers Weekly

Sprout Book Club is the book subscription box for picture book lovers. Every month members will receive a first edition picture book. Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite picture book lover for 3, 6, or 12 months. 

Spark Book Club: November Selection

Two Degrees By Alan Gratz Cover ImageTwo Degrees

The November 2022 Spark Book Club selection is Two Degrees by Alan Gratz. This adventure novel features characters around the globe. Akira visits the giant sequoias when a wildfire begins raging through the California forest. Owen and George are accustomed to seeing polar bears in their Canadian home, but a bear begins stalking them in a shocking turn of events. A Category 5 hurricane hits Natalie’s home in Miami, sweeping her up in the storm surge. They each feel the effects of climate change and work to change our planet in this fast-paced read.

Early Sparks for the novel:

“Delivered with wrenching, dramatic urgency.” – Kirkus

“This gripping, timely tale offers a meditative call to action about a global crisis” – Publisher’s Weekly

Spark Book Club is the first editions club for middle grade readersEvery month members will receive a first edition middle grade novel — plus a letter written by the author especially for club members. Makes a great gift for the independent reader! Sign ups are available for 3, 6, or 12 months.

ParnassusNext: November Selection

Sugaring Off By Gillian French Cover ImageSugaring Off

The November 2022 ParnassusNext selection is Sugaring Off by Gillian French. Owl lives with her aunt and uncle on their maple syrup farm. She is hard of hearing after a childhood tragedy and spends most of her time in nature. When her neighbor’s grandson, Cody, comes to work on the farm, Owl is drawn to him against her family’s wishes. A murder in town soon casts suspicion on Cody, forcing Owl to decide who to trust.

Early praise for the novel:

“Bracing as a late-winter morning.” – Kirkus

ParnassusNext is the book subscription box for YA lovers. Every member of ParnassusNext receives a first edition hardcover of each month’s selected book, signed by the author. There is no membership fee to join — and no line to stand in for the autograph. Not only will you have one of the best YA books of the month when it comes out, you’ll have it straight from the author’s hands, with an original, authentic signature! Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite YA reader for 3, 6, or 12 months.