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Monthly Bookseller Feature: In April, Rachel Loves....

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

I love The Moon Within by Aida Salazar! It focuses on Celi, an 11 year old mixed girl living in Oakland, as she struggles with her changing body and balancing friends, family and crushes. It’s written in verse, and you really get a sense of Celi’s emotions with Sala­zar’s beautiful poetry describing her thoughts! I also really enjoyed how The Moon Within tackles the topic of menstruation and how it impacts girls hitting puberty, which I don’t think an author has done for this age since Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., which was almost 50 years ago! I’m so excited for mothers and daughters together to discover this book, as well as kids to find it themselves in book­stores and libraries across the country.

The Moon Within feels like it’s written for a kid of now. There’s sec­tions about rediscovering lost heritage, exploring alternative gender and gender norms, and talking to crushes through texting. Despite being writ­ten in poetry, it’s super easy to get yourself into Celi’s world, particularly the sections where she talks about her love of dance. Honestly, this book feels like it’s going to stick around for years to come!

About Rachel: Before becoming a bookseller, I worked in libraries and was a teacher, so you could probably say I’ve been working with books for a while. I’ve been working at Books Inc. as a chil­dren’s specialist for about 3 years and run the Flashlight Readers Book Club (Ages 8-12) at Books Inc. Berkeley. When I’m not read­ing, I love playing board games!


Bookseller Rachel


A Quirky Book for ALL Ages- Rumple Butter Cup

Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.

Join him and Candy Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.


Author Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler is a storyteller from Las Vegas, Nevada, who directs, paints, writes, acts, and knows magic. He also loves to voice cartoon characters, looks for ghosts, and wear soft pajamas.

(And yes, he's THAT GUY from Criminal Minds.)

Rumple Butter Cup out April 2nd!

Get your copy of Rumple Buttercup in stores on April 2nd! 


Coming Soon! The Sad Little Fact by Jonah Winter and Pete Oswald

The Sad Little Fact Promotional from Schwartz and Wade Books

A New York Times bestselling author and the illustrator of The Bad Seed deliver a perfectly timed, humorous read-aloud to prove that the truth is out there, just waiting to be discovered. In this spare, ingenious story that reads like a modern-day parable, follow a sad little fact that is locked away for telling the truth. Pre-order your copy now!