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SqueakGirl

SqueakGirl

Joined September 2016

Your friendly, neighborhood librarian and crochet crusader.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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A great book to introduce middle grade children to the kinds of conflicts happening in the Middle East as well as to help teach kids of all backgrounds about the importance of empathy, tolerance, and acceptance - very vital themes - especially during our current troubling political climate. This book is also in verse and makes for a quick, lyrical read.

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My Grandma and Me | Mina Javaherbin
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This picture book is gorgeously illustrated. It's a sweet true story about a little Iranian girl fondly talking about all the activities she does with her grandmother, from cooking to praying. There is a sweet, intimate moment between them when her grandmother prostrates herself on her prayer rug and the granddaughter lays on her grandmother's back. It's these quiet family moments that make this a wonderful story to share with your own family.

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What would you do if the government sent you each month $1000? Pay off debts, ensure your bills were in order, go back to school? Annie Lowry makes a strong case for the implementation of a universal basic income. She argues not only could it end poverty, but bridge the gender pay gap, help alleviate racial inequalities, and ensure every citizen had the power and dignity to make their own choices unburdened by financial constraints.

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Ogilvy | Deborah Underwood
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I put this on hold months ago and didn't know what to expect. But it turned out to be not just a cute story about being yourself, but a subtle critique of gender norms and roles. Bunnies in dresses do one activity and bunnies in sweaters do another. But Ogilvy wants to do both. The story never genders Ogilvy, so it's not hard to read the character as nonbinary. A great addition for those looking for more subtle LGBTQ+ books for children.

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If you're looking to add more LGBTQ+ titles to your YA library collection or book display, All Out is a great choice. It features an anthology of queer historical fiction for teens spanning a wide variety of time periods and locations. All the stories in All Out are also written by queer YA authors making this a great #ownvoices pick!

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Wandering Son | Shimura Takako
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Enjoy slice of life stories, cute art, and positive trans representation? Wandering Son is all 3. Follow Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, a trans girl and trans boy respectively, as they navigate junior high, crushes, and the many dramas of pre-teens. 8 of the 15 volumes have been translated. Hopefully we'll get the rest in the future. It's a must have for those looking for more LGBTQ+ friendly manga.

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Rocket Says Look Up! | Nathan Bryon
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This is a great book for any child who loves learning about space. The character in the book Rocket loves everything about space and astronauts and her enthusiasm is contagious. It's also a sweet little bonding story as Rocket and her older brother Jamal come together to view a meteor shower in the park.

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It's so wonderful that more and more picture books are being written with LGBTQ+ characters. This one is about a little trans boy named Aidan and how he prepares to be a new big brother. The book has a lovely art style and is keen to point out the many different ways to express gender and the importance of not assuming one's gender.

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A cute manga memoir of sorts detailing the life of the Japanese transgender author Chii. It is both autobiographical and educational as Chii spends time explaining LGBTQ+ activism and politics as well as discusses the nuances surrounding transitioning. This is a great addition to any LGBTQ+ manga collection.

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The King of Kindergarten | Derrick Barnes
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This is a great picture book to add to any Back to School display in the classroom or library. The story follows a confident and friendly young boy on his first day of Kindergarten.

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Leila in Saffron | Rukhsanna Guidroz
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Such a beautiful picture book about a young girl celebrating her family and Pakistani culture.

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Seagull & Sea Dragon | Sydni Gregg
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Very cute story about a seagull and a seadragon meeting and becoming friends. It's a great book about making friends and trying to understand others with a different background to your own.

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For those looking for LGBTQ+ friendly manga, Our Dreams at Dusk is a must read. It follows high schooler Tasuku Kaname as he struggles with coming out. He meets a mysterious woman named Someone-san who leads him to a Drop In Center for people dealing with similar problems to Tasuku's. This manga depicts realistic LGBTQ+ characters in modern day Japan. Pick up a copy at your local library today.

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Pilu of the Woods | Mai K. Nguyen
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A beautiful and heartwarming children's graphic novel that deals deftly with grief and unpleasant feelings in a way children will understand. The art style is whimsical and vibrant. It makes you want to go outside and start exploring your own backyard! The end of the book even has a section for kids to do their own nature journal! This title is a must for any kids' graphic novel collection.

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Tiger vs. Nightmare | Emily Tetri
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This is a cute picture book/juvenile graphic novel about facing your fears and learning that nightmares have no hold over you. The art style is super cute and I love the designs for the monsters and nightmares. It's a great book to read with young children who may have trouble sleeping due to their own nightmares.

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I heard great things about this graphic novel and was very excited to get to read it when the library finally got it in. The art style is cute and easy to follow, the characters are really likable, and the relationship that grows between Bittle and Jack sweet and realistic. You can also tell the author really loves hockey! I am definitely looking forward to reading volume two!

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Time for Bed, Miyuki | Roxane Marie Galliez
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A very beautiful picture book. It has a nice, quiet atmosphere with lovely visuals. A really great book to read to your little one before bed.

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A lovely book to browse through! I really enjoyed learning about a variety of different plants I hadn't heard of before. This would make a great coffee table book.

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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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A somber and lyrical story of a father reminiscing about his youth in Syria and the city of Homs to his son as they flee their home as refugees. While this book is categorized for adults, it can be a good book to share with teens and tweens when discussing Syrian refugees. The art style has a sort of messy quality that I think helps emphasize the father's memories of a very different past to his son's current reality.

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And so I've finished my reread of Yu-Gi-Oh! The ending is always bittersweet. In fact the first time I read it in 2004, through online fan translations, I cried. Yugi loses a dear friend. He has to say goodbye and let go. YGO was always a story about friendship. And I would be lying if I said it didn't significantly shape my own views on forming and keeping friendships. YGO isn't the best manga out there, but it's definitely one you won't forget.

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Deep Underwater | Irene Luxbacher
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The artwork in this picture book is really mesmerizing, but I think it's a bit too vague and ethereal for a children's book. Not sure it would make a good storytime book, but I can see a kid who loves art really enjoying the pictures.

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The Day You Begin | Jacqueline Woodson
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This is a great picture book with lovely art and a wonderful message about celebrating what makes you you.

Eggs Love Woodson ♥️♥️ 13mo
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And so ends Jane Foster's time as Thor. I have admired Jason Aaron's work on Thor ever since he started writing The God Bomb arc. He really understands the characters in these stories and writes them with great insight and dignity. I have especially loved this story arc and I'm happy we won't be seeing the last of Jane Foster.

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How to Be a T. Rex | Ryan North
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Very cute and quirky. If you're a fan of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, you will enjoy this book too.

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Look | Fiona Woodcock
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A simple, yet colorful picture book for toddlers. It depicts a brother and sister going on an outing to the zoo. Each page features one word with two o's in them. Like the word "look," "zoo," "scoop," and "shampoo."

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Someone New | Anne Sibley O'Brien
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A nice picture book about welcoming new students to your classroom.

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Angel in Beijing | Belle Yang
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A cute picture book about a little girl living in Beijing who finds a white cat and names it Angel. Together they ride about town and explore. Very cute and colorful. It has some great moments where the girl rings her bike bell and the cat responds with meows.

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My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 | Kohei Horikoshi
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I loved the anime and had to jump into the manga! The main character Izuku Midoriya is really likeable, and I love how well he embodies the superhero spirit. Ms. Marvel is one of my favorite heroes in the Marvel universe and I love her line "Good is not a thing you are, it's a thing you do." And Izuku really lives by that! Looking forward to reading volume 2!

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Now I know why this has been on the New York Times YA Bestseller list for months. Jason Reynolds never disappoints. This story is told all in verse which allows for a fast yet engrossing story. Will, a young man who has just lost his brother in a shooting and is seeking revenge, takes the elevator down to his apartment's lobby. As he rides down, familiar faces from the past get on the elevator with him, questioning him. Very Twilght Zone-esque.

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Been trying out my new Libby app and decided to read Dragon Ball for the first time. It's pretty entertaining, but I could do without the reoccurring jokes at Bulma's expensive which more or less boil down to casual sexual harassment. Like the running joke about seeing her underwear gets kind of old. Because "lol she's a girl!" But I guess I can't deny I'm interested to see where the plot goes.

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Oh this book was so cute! Leonard the Lion loves poetry and doesn't want to be fierce like other lions. And that's okay! It's a great book that teaches kids it's okay to be you even if you don't seem to be like others. I think it can also work really well as a lesson for young boys and how they don't have to like traditionally masculine things to be seen as a real boy because there's no right way to be a boy or a girl. It's okay to just be you!

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All Are Welcome | Alexandra Penfold
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A very cute and important picture book about celebrating everyone's uniqueness and making sure everyone feels welcomed in our neighborhoods, schools, and cities!

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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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Usually we see stories where a young girl is trying to do something seen as traditionally masculine and the obstacles she faces. It was refreshing to see The Witch Boy tackle the other side of that coin with a boy wanting to do something traditionally feminine. But the story can also be read as a metaphor for someone coming to terms with being gender non-conforming or trans. I recommend giving it a read if you're looking for something magical!

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Little Robot Alone | Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan Charest
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Very cute! The art style is soft and not overly detailed. The little rhymes Little Robot says to himself are very cute and would be great for a read-aloud story time. Definitely add it to your library!

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What a fascinating approach to tidying up and putting your house in order. I think Marie Kondo really knows what she's talking about. Several times I'd doubt something in her method only for her to address it in a next section, flooring me and making me view decluttering in a whole new light. I'm actually very eager to try out her KonMari method! And I will say her book brought me a lot of joy. It's a quick and engrossing read!

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Drawn Together | Minh Le
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Drawn Together epitomizes everything wonderful about picture books. It's vibrant, sweet, and thoughtful. Both writer Minh Le and artist Dan Santat have woven a beautiful tale of finding a connection with someone even when it seems you have nothing in common. The book is heavy on the imagery which helps to clearly show how grandson and grandfather can find common ground through their love of drawing where words aren't necessarily needed.

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Such a cute and informative picture book! A great addition to any classroom or library. Recommend it to kids interested in NASA, space exploration, and math!

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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A wonderful read! The poetic style brings both passion and emotion to the forefront, making this one book I couldn't put down until the end. I also admire how even the smallest poems in this book manages to pack such a powerful punch. I highly recommend giving this book a read!

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Anger Is a Gift | Mark Oshiro
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This book is both raw and relentless. But it has to be in order to capture the very real violence kids like Moss and his friends face at the hands of police. If you are a fan of The Hate You Give, Dear Martin, All American Boys, and similar stories, Anger Is a Gift is a must for your library. This a great debut novel by Mark Oshiro and I look forward to seeing more of his work.

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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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Not as good as the first book, but I still enjoyed most of the world building. I think this book suffered from weak villians and overly complicated politics of its world, the former being dull and the latter feeling like it was made up as it went for plot reasons. Also the framing device with the Bard should not have involved so much action since it really didn't have the kind of weight the main story did. Still curious to see what happens next.

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A brutally honest autobiographical manga about depression, loneliness, and learning to like yourself. Highly recommended for those still trying to figure out adulthood.

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Such a delight to read! It's imaginative, fun, and refreshing. I love how each child's story intertwines with the others. I highly recommend it for any library!

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Blood Water Paint | Joy McCullough
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While this YA book takes some liberties, I felt it managed to tell an impactful story about Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, the rape she endured at the hands of her teacher Agostino Tassi, and his trial after in which she played a major part. I enjoyed the use of verse in this book. And I liked how McCullough used the Biblical characters of Susanna and Judith to comfort and motivate Artemisia during her ordeal.

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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Wonderful world building and an engaging plot! I could not put this down. I really loved how Dhonielle Clayton managed to create a world that is both beautiful and decadent yet disturbing and cruel. And very uncanny to the kind of beauty issues women and girls face in our own society. I can't wait for the sequel to this book.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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Great follow-up to Okorafor's Akata Witch. This novel really helped expand the world of Sunny and her friends. I also liked that her eldest brother was included more. So many fantasy novels for kids kind of remove the teen protagonist from their family or have them be orphans. This book was a nice change from that.

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This volume was kind of sad. It focused on Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three and Thor's longtime friend, and a tragedy he witnessed that pushed him too far. Volstagg is usually a jolly, comic relief character, so it was interesting and tragic to see this side of him.

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As always The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic is a delight to read. This volume Squirrel Girl takes on Ultron who is now a robot dinosaur! A far more entertaining version of him than the one in the Age of Ultron movie. XD

faelinwolf I LOVE your crocheted (or knitted?) Squirrel Girl!! ❤ 9mo
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Even after all these years, CLAMP still knows how to hook me in to a good story. I am excited to see what happens next on Sakura's new adventures!

8leagueboot The CLAMP art never fails! 2y
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This was cute and had a lovely art style, but I can't quite put my finger on why I feel it's just "so-so." I feel maybe setting it in a historical context rather than a fantasy world clashed with some of the things that happened. The ending was sweet, but kind of unrealistic which pulled me out of the story. It's best not to think too deeply about this one.

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This was pretty cute and a quick read. It's nice to see gay kids get a fun and cheesy romcom-type of book that straight people so often take for granted.

jamie_in_the_library Yes! I wish there were more books and movies like that. I just want a Nora Ephron movie with cute queer people 2y
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