Staff Picks – April 2023

Staff Picks – April 2023

Read below to find our staff picks for April 2023 and learn more about these must-reads!



Egyptian Lullaby
by Zeena M. Pliska; illustrated by Hatem Aly
On sale April 18th
Ages 4 to 8


EGYPTIAN LULLABY is beautiful in terms of its stunning illustrations, as well as the lyrics of the titular lullaby. These two elements combine to transport the reader to Cairo, Egypt in an immersive and engaging picture book that is perfect for readalouds and storytimes.
Molly Ellis VP, Executive Director of Publicity

Warrior Girl Unearthed
By Angeline Boulley
On Sale May 2nd
Ages 14 to 18


Warrior Girl Unearthed is my pick for this month’s staff pick because of its impactful story that should be in every school and library. Taking place ten years after the events in Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline brings readers back to Sugar Island to tell Perry Firekeeper-Birch’s, Daunis’ spitfire little cousin, story. Perry is so sure of who she is until she faces a situation that requires her to think about the world differently. This high-stakes thriller is not only about the power of discovering your stolen history but finding out how far you would go to do the right thing. This book should be in your library because it discusses the reclamation of culture, activism, and being who you are.” – Grace Tyler, Marketing Assistant

Tegan and Sara: Junior High
by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin; illustrated by Tillie Walden
On Sale May 30th
Ages 10 to 14

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TEGAN AND SARA: JUNIOR HIGH is a must-read middle grade graphic novel from indie-pop identical twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara! This book captures all of the messiness of junior high school in a personal yet universally relatable way. From first crushes to the perils of puberty, growing together and growing apart, finding their place in a new school, and exploring their different paths to understanding their queerness, Tegan & Sara Quin provide a fictionalized autobiographical look into their adolescence. With artwork from Eisner Award-winner Tillie Walden, this graphic novel offers a glimpse at Tegan & Sara before they became icons, exploring their shifting relationship, their own experiences coming out, and the first steps of their musical journey. This is a must-have on your classroom and library shelves!”
Alexandra Quill Senior Marketing Manager

I’ll Tell You No Lies
by Amanda McCrina
On Sale August 1st
Ages 12-18


I couldn’t put it down! There are so many twists and turns to keep the reader excited. There are also some really heavy topics in this book, and I love that McCrina doesn’t shy away from them but makes them manageable for young readers. The protagonist, Shelby, is endearing and you really root for her.”
Elysse Villalobos Associate Marketing Manager