Staff Picks – May 2023

Staff Picks – May 2023

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


My Name

My Name
By Supriya Kelkar; illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat
On Sale August 1st
Ages 3-6


My Name is an essential picture book in schools and libraries because it discusses the importance of knowing how to say one’s name. This beautifully illustrated inspiring picture book encourages kids to celebrate themselves and all the things that make them unique, especially their name. When an Indian American boy starts school in a new classroom, one child can’t pronounce his name properly, which leads to giggles amongst his classmates. Later at home, his parents remind him of how special he is — and how his unique name reflects that. ” – Grace Tyler, Marketing Assistant

The Lost Library
by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
On Sale August 29th
Ages 8-12

Junior-High 2

The Lost Library, the latest book from beloved bestselling authors Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, is such a delightful read and an instant classic! The story follows three characters in one small town—including a very fluffy and slightly curmudgeonly orange cat named Mortimer—who are all mysteriously linked by an unfortunate event that happened years prior. Friendship, growing up, humor, and heart are all woven into this meaningful story. A timeless middle grade mystery, The Lost Library is an ode to the power of books, libraries, and community, and it is a story that will live with you long after the last page is turned. This book will be treasured on library shelves and in classrooms!” – Alexandra Quill Senior Marketing Manager

Doña Quixote: Rise of the Knight
by Rey Terciero; illustrated by Monica M. Magaña
On Sale September 5th
Ages 8-12


Doña Quixote: Rise of the Knight is so. much. fun. This middle grade graphic novel by Rey Terciero (pen name Rex Ogle) and illustrated by Monica M. Magaña introduces readers into the first book in the duology that centers Lucia, a young girl who wants to do good, but often gets in trouble along the way. Lucia knows she is a knight, an inherited role from her late grandfather. Her supportive and loving abuela and the memory of her abuelo’s knight training reinforce Lucia to believe in herself and in magic even when the world can’t seem to. Her sidekick bestie Sandro and her spunky donkey Rocky’s adventures always start out with the best intentions of locating and fighting evil, but they end up learning more life lessons than they bargain for. While their foibles are often hilarious, the heart of the books is that both Lucia and Sandro learn the importance of staying true to who you are–an invaluable lesson for kids at any age. “ – Elysse Villalobos Associate Marketing Manager