Love and Lasagna: 15 New Reads for the Young & Young at Heart

Love and lasagna… what more do you need? A great read, of course! Our booksellers have a fresh batch of staff picks to get your spring reading off to a good start. Your next favorite picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult titles await!

Recommended by Rae Ann

The Night Frolic By Julie Berry, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator) Cover ImageThe Night Frolic

By Julie BerryJaime Zollars (Illustrator)

This magical bedtime book will make you want to curl up with a blanket and float on a nighttime breeze.

Recommended by Chelsea

Wallflowers By Mackenzie Joy, Mackenzie Joy (Illustrator) Cover ImageWallflowers

Filled with beautiful art, this is a celebration of being just who you are and reminding you that you have lots to give. Do you have a quiet or shy child in your life? This is the book for them. This is the book for childhood me.

Recommended by Chelsea

Wei Skates On By Nathan Chen, Lorraine Nam (Illustrator) Cover ImageWei Skates On

By Nathan ChenLorraine Nam (Illustrator)

It’s always hard preparing for a competition, and Wei’s fear of failure makes everything worse. But Wei’s mom encourages every reader with a wholesome reminder–winning isn’t what matters. Compete because you’re passionate and because you love what you do!

Recommended by Rae Ann

Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair By Jarrett Pumphrey, Jerome Pumphrey Cover ImageLink + Hud: Heroes by a Hair

Brothers Link and Hud suspect their new babysitter is up to no good. They work together to prove their theory in this funny adventure that’s part comic book, all fun.

Recommended by Ashby

Lasagna Means I Love You By Kate O'Shaughnessy Cover ImageLasagna Means I Love You

Food. Family. Stories. When Mo’s grandmother dies, she is left without family. What keeps her going? Cooking. The search for a family recipe. Told through letters to her Nan, Mo cooks and has a pop-up restaurant for one magical night. It’s a year of uncertainty that might take her to Paris or Kansas but finally takes her home right where she is in NYC. Does she find her family recipe and the story that goes with it?

Recommended by Chelsea

Akim Aliu: Dreamer (Original Graphic Memoir) By Akim Aliu, Greg Anderson Elysée, Karen De la Vega (Illustrator), Marcus Williams (Illustrator) Cover ImageAkim Aliu: Dreamer 

By Akim AliuGreg Anderson ElyséeKaren De la Vega (Illustrator), Marcus Williams (Illustrator)

The gripping story of a boy who fell in love with a sport only to experience systemic racism while succeeding on the ice, this graphic novel is a must-read. Told in a conversational tone with rich illustrations, Aliu’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Recommended by Madeline

Dungeons & Dragons: Behold! A Search and Find Adventure By Wizards of the Coast, Ulises Farinas (Illustrator) Cover ImageDungeons & Dragons: Behold! A Search and Find Adventure

By Wizards of the CoastUlises Farinas (Illustrator)

A legendary search and find like no other, created by Dungeons & Dragons themselves, filled with monsters and heroes alike in this illustrated adventure! Search for kenkus and paladins, tortles and elves, and even Myopus the All-Seeing beholder! There’s so many fun things to find, you’ll be searching for hours!

Recommended by Ashby

The Town with No Mirrors By Christina Collins Cover ImageThe Town with No Mirrors

For fans of books like The Giver, this book will enthrall you. No cameras, no mirrors, no words beautiful or ugly. Not in Gladder Hill. Zailey sketches faces which could get her in trouble. Then she finds herself outside her town. What will it be like beyond her town? What will she find out? What is the real story of her town?

Recommended by RJ

Ring of Solomon By Aden Polydoros Cover ImageRing of Solomon

Ring of Solomon is a fast-paced fantasy adventure featuring magic and monsters from Jewish folklore. Perfect for fans of any of the Rick Riordan Presents series, or anyone who thinks befriending the king of demons sounds like a pretty fun idea.

Recommended by Madeline

Minecraft: Master Builds By Mojang AB, The Official Minecraft Team Cover ImageMinecraft: Master Builds

From the creators of Minecraft comes a stunning collection of master builds, created by players like you and me! If you enjoy watching creators from the Hermitcraft community (like GoodTimesWithScar, BDoubleO100, Keralis, and more!) to Trixyblox’s Ultimate Survival World, you’ll adore this book brimming with creativity!

Recommended by Rae Ann

Immortality: A Love Story (The Anatomy Duology #2) By Dana Schwartz Cover ImageImmortality: A Love Story (The Anatomy Duology #2)

Hazel Sinnett is summoned to court to treat the king’s daughter in this sequel to Anatomy: A Love Story. Court intrigue abounds as Hazel’s future as a doctor is in question in this atmospheric fantasy.

Recommended by Rae Ann

Chaos Theory By Nic Stone Cover ImageChaos Theory

By Nic Stone

A genius with a diagnosed mental disorder and a politician’s son battling addiction collide in this powerful story of finding love among life’s chaos.

Recommended by Gavin, 6th grader

Rick Riordan Presents Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) By Roshani Chokshi Cover ImageRick Riordan Presents Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series)

This book is a whimsical journey through the world of Hindu myths, but in the style of the Percy Jackson series. Follow Aru Shah on her journey with her spiritual sister as the first female pandavas in order to to stop time from being frozen forever.

Sprout Book Club: March Selection

Twenty Questions By Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover ImageTwenty Questions

By Mac BarnettChristian Robinson (Illustrator)

The March 2023 Sprout Book Club selection is Twenty Questions by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson. This book leads you on a journey of imagination and wondering. Mac Barnett’s questions and Christian Robinson’s collage art are the perfect springboard for family chats and classroom discussions. When you finish, you will want to turn to the first page and begin again.

Early praise for the book:

“Quirky entertainment to jump-start creativity.” – Kirkus

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: March Selection

The Town with No Mirrors By Christina Collins Cover ImageThe Town with No Mirrors

The March 2023 Spark Book Club selection is The Town With No Mirrors by Christina Collins. Zailey lives in the Gladder Hill community where there are no mirrors. Everyone is prohibited from seeing their own face or talking about anyone’s appearance. The mirror-free town was built to protect everyone from negative emotions. Zailey’s fascination with faces is her guilty secret. Until an accident sends her on a journey of self-discovery.

Early Sparks for the novel:

“Immensely intriguing… sure to spark consideration of body image, beauty concepts, and what truly defines an individual.” — Booklist

“Thoughtful psychological examination of how people view themselves and their bodies.” – 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: March Selection

The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway By Ashley Schumacher Cover ImageThe Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway

By Ashley Schumacher

The March 2023 ParnassusNext selection is The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher. Madeline “Gwen” Hathaway and her dad travel the Ren Faire circuit in their RV. After her mom’s death, it’s painful to return to her favorite faire. The new owners and their son, Arthur, select Madeline as the faire princess. She doesn’t feel she deserves the spotlight, but day trip adventures and her chemistry with Arthur may turn this season into a royal renaissance.

Early praise for the novel:

“A skillfully written and appealing romance with a powerful and refreshing message.” – 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.