Kristin R.'s Picks

Kristin is an artist who lives in a house that is part library, part weird and eccentric art collection. She is an eclectic reader, often stealing her husband's current book (to the point where he's started leaving bookmarks in things he thinks she might enjoy!) Some of her favorite authors include Ursula K. LeGuin, Jonathan Stroud, Tamsyn Muir, Nicola Yoon and Kiese Laymon. When not at the bookshop, she is usually working on art or...you guessed it, reading. If you find yourself in our Burlington store, check out her mural, right above the children's section.

K is in Trouble (a Graphic Novel), by Gary Clement

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$13.99
ISBN: 9780316468602
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - January 16th, 2024

K is in Trouble brings me back to the first time I encountered Kafka in a short story collection -- it was miles above my comprehension but the feelings that he portrayed were oddly relatable. I kept re-reading it, trying to make sense of a nonsensical world! This is a much more lighthearted take on that theme, and the bemused K is a gentle soul whom readers will want to know better.


Things in the Basement, by Ben Hatke

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781250909541
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Published: First Second - August 29th, 2023

Playing on that primal fear of dark, unknown spaces, Ben Hatke's newest story brings everything I've loved about his earlier Zita the Spacegirl series, but with even more heart and clarity. Simple tasks can lead to unimaginable adventures. Being brave for your family and your friends pays off. Can't wait to hand-sell this one!  ~Kristin R.


Rust in the Root, by Justina Ireland

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780063038233
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 12th, 2023

Justina Ireland takes historical fiction down paths you wouldn't expect -- and I'm here for it. In Rust in the Root, the devastation of the depression-era dust bowl in the US is reimagined and mixed with elements of steampunk, nature magic, and underdogs. Young Laura finds a way into the Bureau of the Arcane's Conservation Corps, and voyages into "The Rust" with her mysterious mentor, Skylark. The things they uncover have me hoping like mad for a follow up, but don't worry, Ireland doesn't leave you hanging in this one.  ~Kristin R.


Big Tree by Brian Selznick

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By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781338180633
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

From a vast view of outer space, we zoom in to a miniscule spark of life. A voice calls out to the stars and the story begins. Through two seeds, two tiny seeds among the thousands mothered by a wise sycamore tree, Selznick takes us on one of his best voyages yet. We get to experience mystery, adventure, time travel and the gentle exasperation of a brother who loves his sister even if he can't understand her completely. But the best part of this tale is that it doesn't remove us from this world. It's a retelling of our beginning, a reimagining of how we're connected.


The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316538725
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - May 9th, 2023

With a solid style and ENDLESS cheese references and puns, this delightful tale is saturated with fashion, food, and some creative anachronisms. The blossoming romance between Lady/Duke Camembert and Princess Brie is off the wall adorable, and if you don't have a hankering for a gooey grilled cheese after reading this book, are you sure you really read it?


Nothing Special (African American Life) by Desiree Cooper

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By Desiree Cooper, Bec Sloane (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780814349731
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Published: Wayne State University Press - October 4th, 2022

A young boy from Detroit visits his grandparents in Virginia for the summer. He's excited to be spoiled with extra special activities (isn't every grandkid?) but finds it hard at first to adjust to the slow pace of rural life. But when he does, he learns the beauty of doing "nothing special." The illustrations set the playful, cozy tone of this lovely story.


The Night Wild by Zoë Tilley Poster

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ISBN: 9780525553786
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Published: Dial Books - July 19th, 2022

VT artist Zoe Tilley Poster takes us on a wild moonlit romp alongside "Dog." The night is mysterious and beautiful but also filled with adventure, making this a perfect bedtime story. Poster's soft, dreamy illustrations are done in brushed graphite which lets us really see the night through Dog's eyes. You may recognize her artwork from Frog Hollow or other local galleries.


Only the Best: The Exceptional Life and Fashion of Ann Lowe by Kate Messner, Margaret E. Powell, Erin Robinson

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Only the Best: The Exceptional Life and Fashion of Ann Lowe By Kate Messner, Margaret E. Powell, Erin Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452161600
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 18th, 2022

I love stories about hidden histories! Authors Kate Messner and Margaret E. Powell tell us the story of Ann Lowe, a couture fashion designer. Lowe was highly sought after by "the social register" but not acknowledged publicly for a long time, because she was black. We owe so much to women like her who persevered behind the scenes to raise an art form and earn respect. Her story of hard work and artistic flair will inspire creative readers.


The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin

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ISBN: 9780823450701
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Published: Neal Porter Books - December 13th, 2022

We are lucky to have a Caldecott winner in our midst! VT author/Illustrator Jason Chin's upcoming title is another example of his mastery in blending art and science. Full page spreads showing the insides of cells are as lushly imagined & illustrated as those where we more readily recognize the landscape. This book captures the magic of discovering whole new worlds and having your view shifted (in a good way!).


Curious Cases: True Crime for Kids by Rebecca Valley

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$9.95
ISBN: 9781646043491
Availability: Backordered. On Order at the Warehouse.
Published: Ulysses Books for Young Readers - July 19th, 2022

The true-crime craze isn't just for podcast-addicted adults! Kids love reading about weird facts and implausible stories, and Rebecca Valley's book is a well-curated selection of age appropriate true crimes that you can give your young reader without worrying. Includes forensic activities to try out!


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