October 2021 Staff Picks

Sep 30, 2021 | News, Staff Picks

Fall into a good book. Take a look at our October staff picks for some ideas!


Circe by Madeline Miller
This is a wonderful reinterpretation of Greek myths told through a female perspective. The author shines a light on the role of traditional masculinity pervasive in common myths, and tackles the issue of parenthood in a gut-wrenchingly honest way. Miller’s prose is as exquisite as the narrative, and makes the story an even greater pleasure to read.


CATastrophe: A Story of Patterns by Ann Marie Stephens

Clever! sweet cat boat adventure while entwining simple pattern and math concepts.  You can also enjoy so much in the illustrations and find a dragonfly and worm that appear twenty times.


The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent     

The story of a family as told through the eyes of ten-year-old Sarah Carrier.  Her mother Martha is one of the first women accused, tried, and hanged during the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. The author paints a real picture of the difficult and frightening way people lived in Puritan Massachusetts. If you think politics are a problem today, this is much much worse!



An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd  

Early 20th century Irish History lesson around The Rising, couldn’t put it down.


This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Suzy Lee

The picture book begins with a simple, gray color palette. It’s raining, the sky is cloudy, yet the dancing characters exclaim, “This is a beautiful day”. As the story progresses, more colors appear and illustrate that any day can be a beautiful day with the right attitude. See if you can find the dog wearing the hat. It is my favorite.