November 2023 Staff Picks

Nov 14, 2023 | Book Lists, News, Staff Picks

Want to make the most of your free time this holiday season? Try one of our staff favorites!


You Stole My Name by Dennis McGregor



Brontorina by James Howe

Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina. Celebrate Dinovember and peruse our dinosaur picture book list for more suggestions!



The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff



Catside Up, and Catside Down by Anna Hrachovec

Cats? Grammar? Knitting? This one fits all of my requirements. Actually, I don’t knit — I crochet. But I can see how impressive Hrachovec’s knitted creations are! One cat chills out under a piano, another stands out in a neon green shrug, and most of them end up napping around a knitted human. The rhyming text is creative and sweet, adding so much imagination to a book about prepositions. It also seems important to tell everyone that Hrachovec’s real life cat is named Soupy.


Heaven and Earth Grocery Store  by James Mcbride



Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

Fans of the Thursday Murder Club series won’t be disappointed by Mother-Daughter Murder Night. Strained relationships between three generations of women begin to heal when one of them is accused of murder and they all must work together to clear her name. As says, “Think: Gilmore Girls, but with murder.”


Maame by Jessica George