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The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

Ages 9-12


This playful, ingenious, one-of-a-kind, kind-of fairytale begs to be read aloud, if only to yourself. It’s also probably the best book in this store.


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The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes

 Ages 8-12

Children and adults both will love this moving story. You may have seen the movie, but did you see the fearsome space monster?


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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

 Ages 12 and up

Think Harry Potter set in West Africa. This is an inventive, rich, energetic fantasy novel from a great new writer.


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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

 Ages 8-12

Love love love this book! Fantasy adventure in the best tradition, I can’t wait until the next in the series!


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When Zachary Beaver Came To Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

National Book Award winner

Ages 10 and Up

A life-changing summer is in store for Toby and his best friend Cal when the fattest boy in the world comes to town. A wonderful story of boyhood.

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Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Ages 3-6

She’s done it again – a fun, clever, beautiful book about colors and emotions and friends. Don’t miss the white page!


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Divergent by Veronica Roth

YA, 14+


Read this NOW! Set in a dystopian society of 5 factions – 5 set paths in life and you can only be on one. Sort of like The Hunger Games, but BETTER!


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From Ingrid, another bookseller at Laurel Village:


Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Ages 4-6

Loved this and so did my small people. Bold, beautiful illustrations, and a nice message about creative play and interconnectedness.


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And from Caitlin, also a bookseller at Laurel Village:


Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Ages 12 and up

The new heroine to look out for! Jacinda is both daring and defiant and the plot is full of suspense and surprise. You will not want to stop reading.


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Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand; illustrated by Tony Fucile

(Ages 2-6)

Durand has written a sweet and funny story about a boy who hates going to bed until her gets his license to drive his very cute dad. Fucile’s simple yet wonderfully expressive illustrations elevate the story into the realm of a favorite!

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Bink and Gollie by Alison McGhee & Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Tony Fucile

(Ages 4-8, great early reader)

My favorite book of 2010! A perfect blend of amazing writing and genius illustrations, Bink and GollieBink and Gollie is truly incomparable. is the sweet, funny, and smart story of two best friends, their socks, pancakes, and a fish. Brilliant in every particular and utterly unique,


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Click here to read more about Tony Fucile who attended Chestnut St’s Storytime in June


Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

It’s the ultimate battle of wills in Dinosaur vs. the Potty! Shea has a fun, simple style and a sense of humor that is great for both kids and adults. Plus, who doesn’t love to roar during storytime?


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Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

(Ages 10-14)

Fletcher’s wonderful writing will transport you into another world in this retelling of the story of Shahrazad. Although chock-full of strong women, political intrigue, and palace spies, at its core Shadow Spinner is about the power of stories to transform a person’s heart and mind.


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We love the book Big Rabbit's Bad Mood. It's one of the best stand-by storytime books on the market right now. Simple enough for the younger set to follow, with a sense of humor that appeals to older kids, as well. So we were tickled pink when Chronicle Books editor Melissa Manlove came out to read Big Rabbit's Mood in English for our Books Inc.+Chronicle Books fundraiser for Room to Read last Thursday. But when her mother came out to read the same book... IN FRENCH we nearly lost our minds from excitement! Below are two videos: one in English, one in French.

... like author and master teacher, Hillary Homzie, giving a workshop for young writers (ages 8-13) at the Laurel Village store!

Leslie McGuirk is coming to Books Inc!

And you can watch the trailer for her newest book, If Rocks Could Sing, right here!

And come to Oh My Gosh! Stories on Saturday, June 25th to meet her.