Paige's Picks

Hello! My name is Paige and I'm a bookseller at Carmichael's Kids, so I mostly recommend kids books, though you'll find some grown-up books here, too. I've been a bookseller off and on for nearly ten years now, and I still love finding new books to share with people. Catch me at parties saying, "You should read..." regularly in conversations. Generally the books I love have bright, colorful illustrations, and humorous, meaningful stories. Check out my staff picks! 

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Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball By Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780385373333
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Published: Dragonfly Books - October 25th, 2022

Always, always listen to retired-librarians-turned-bookseller's book recommendations. This book came to my attention care of Frankie, and I honestly got chills when she read me bits of the book. This is an excellent way to introduce children to poetry and help adults remember the childhood magic of a snow day. Spring is upon us, but I still think this is a great book to read over and over again.


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No Cats in the Library By Lauren Emmons, Lauren Emmons (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lauren Emmons, Lauren Emmons (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665933681
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - March 5th, 2024

A book about two of the best things in the entire world: books and cats! This is an adorable and humorous story about a stray cat who loves reading, so she's trying to get into the library. After several failed attempts, the cat gets inside, but struggles with the “dark squiggles” on all the pages. Finally, she finds the picture book section and a little girl who reads her several stories, turning the squiggles into pictures in their minds. Finally, the cat is allowed to stay and develops a mutual relationship with kids learning to read. Am I tearing up it’s so adorable? Maybe!


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What's in Your Pocket?: Collecting Nature's Treasures By Heather L. Montgomery, Maribel Lechuga (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623541224
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 14th, 2021

99.9% of times I let customers finish what they’re saying when they’re describing the kind of book they’re looking for. But when someone started the sentence with “We bought her a microscope so she could look at bugs and things she brings in—” I shouted, “I HAVE THE PERFECT BOOK!” This is that book for every kid who loves interacting with nature so much they often bring it into the home. Exploring the youths of multiple famous scientists including Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, and George Washington Carver this book is sure to inspire your little one to continue to be curious about nature and science!


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Funny Feelings By Tarah DeWitt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250329363
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 17th, 2023

A really, really excellent lighthearted read! Genuinely funny and heart meltingly romantic, this book had me hooked from page 1. This is the perfect book to pack for vacation, front-porch-sitting weekend, or to help get you out of a reading slump!


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Godkiller: A Novel (Fallen Gods #1) By Hannah Kaner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063348271
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2023

I’m not even sure I looked at the back of the book before I took it home and decided to read it, the cover is that good! A book that is pure chaos and adrenaline from the very first page to the very last, so be prepared to read (or listen to on Libro.fm) in as few sittings as possible. 


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This Vicious Grace: A Novel (The Last Finestra #1) By Emily Thiede Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250794055
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Wednesday Books - June 28th, 2022

What didn’t I love about this novel? It has a rich mythology, exquisite world building, and a countdown to the end of the world. Thiede skillfully places us in the middle of Alessa’s high-stakes hero’s journey from the very first page holding reader’s hearts and attention in a death grip that remains even after the book is done.


This Cursed Light (The Last Finestra #2) By Emily Thiede Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250794079
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Published: Wednesday Books - December 5th, 2023

I was so excited to step back into this world with the second book in the Last Finestra series, and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend this series for it’s exciting main plots, and heartwarming subplots about friends, family, and of course romance.


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The Long Game: A Novel By Elena Armas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781668011300
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Published: Atria Books - September 5th, 2023

Are you distraught about Ted Lasso ending, but looking forward to the Women’s World Cup (USA! USA! USA!)? Then Pre-order this freakin’ book NOW! Set in the coolness of a small mountain town fall, this story will warm you up with a steamy romance between Adalyn, powerful team manager, and Cameron, a grouchy retired footballer. 


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Super Boba Café (Book 1): A Graphic Novel By Nidhi Chanani Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419759574
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2023

This new Middle Grade Graphic Novel is perfect for any boba obsessed pre-teen! Not only is it a super adorable grandmother-granddaughter story with adorable kittens in a Boba shop, it’s a crazy thrilling adventure story. Come along with Jing Li as she works to keep an evil monster at bay by feeing it boba. Then cheer on her granddaughter, Aria, who not only brings new life to the boba shop, but also help her Nainai deal with this monster problem.


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The Fragile Threads of Power By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780765387493
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Published: Tor Books - September 26th, 2023

Has V.E. Schwab ever written a bad book? NO! Though it starts seven years after “Shades of Magic” ended, this new series, “Threads of Power,” takes off with the same fantastic intensity. Not only was I obsessed hanging out with my old friends from the last series, but this new cast of characters… I love them, but I trust very few of them. Schwab is diabolical, and I am into it! By the time I was at the half-way point I was livid that this book would eventually end, and it’s on the first in the new series! Y’all, it is so good. Pre-order it NOW!  


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Mr. S: A First Day of School Book By Monica Arnaldo, Monica Arnaldo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Monica Arnaldo, Monica Arnaldo (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063003958
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 13th, 2023

 

  1. Looking for a silly, goofy, and surprising back to school story? A classroom of kindergarteners arrive to their first day and settle into the classroom, but something is missing–their teacher! However, there is a very knowledgeable, and commanding sandwich sitting on the desk along with “Mr. S” written on the chalkboard. Kids will love looking at all the details of the sandwich themed classroom, and the amusing disaster happening just outside the window.


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Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy By Angie Thomas Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063225138
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 4th, 2023

This is an exciting, humorous, and magical start of a new series from the incredible Angie Thomas! She is one of my all-time favorite Young Adult authors, and when it was announced she was writing a middle grade fantasy novel I knew I had to read it. From the moment Angie Thomas started building her fantasy world with it’s roots in African mythology and folklore I was hooked. I quickly fell in love with Nic Blake's laugh-out-loud sassy responses, and her fearlessness in the face of danger. Plus, with the plot twist at the end I cannot wait to see where Nic, Alex, and JP go next! Also important: Angie Thomas skillfully takes the time in her fantasy novel to address African American history. From slavery to Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter, down to the every day racism black children unfortunately experience. It is done powerfully, and appropriately for young readers.


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Three Little Vikings By Bethan Woollvin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682634561
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Published: Peachtree - August 30th, 2022

Let's talk about the elephant in the room: THIS COLOR PALET IS STUNNING! It immediately drew me in, and I'm pretty sure I recommended it to 2-3 people just for that reason before I ever read it. However, this book is more than a gorgeous cover with three fierce Viking kids on the cover! It's about a troll, and a chieftain who thinks he knows everything. Luckily, these fierce little Vikings aren’t going to continue to ignore the problem, and they take action to save the day!


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These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson By Martha Ackmann Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393867534
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 27th, 2021

A delightful biography covering ten pivotol moments in Emily Dickinson’s life. If you’re not a big biography reader, but have always been intrigued by the mysterious life of one of America’s great poets, this is a perfect book for you! This is written by a professor at Holyoke, Dickinson’s alma mater, who teaches an Emily Dickinson class in the Dickinson Homestead. In other words, she's an expert. The biography is told narratively, and breaks down these big moments in Dickinson’s life into perfect puzzle pieces to help us understand her and her poetry a touch more.


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