Here are a handful of our favorite books that we read this year. Be sure to check out our Favorite Books of 2022 as well, to find out our favorites published in 2022.



Erin recommends...

Marshmallow & Jordan by Alina Chau

Jordan was the star of her basketball team and a natural leader.  However, when an accident leaves her unable to play, she battles with her love of the game, being positive, and the feeling she is being left behind.  

One afternoon, Jordan finds a mysterious white elephant that has been injured.  Jordan nurses the elephant she has named Marshmallow, back to health. The two become fast friends and Jordan seems happier to her family and friends, however, Marshmallow can sense that Jordan feels lost without basketball.   Marshmallow makes it her mission to show Jordan there is no limit to what she can do. Marshmallow and Jordan is a hopeful story, focusing on the power of friendship and believing in yourself.  




Stefanie recommends...

Sometimes All I Need Is Me by Juliana Perdomo

This is a book that I desperately wish existed when I was a child! This delightful picture book takes a peek into the life of a small child who loves being by herself. Even though her cozy home is her favorite place in the world (same!), she creates a cozy home within, wherever she may be.



Chris recommends...
Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly
Set in the small town of Fawn Creek, Louisiana, this heartwarming story follows the total disruption of the social order of a tiny class – 12 kids! – after a mysterious new student arrives. The kids in our ensemble cast begin to re-examine their friendships, families, and dreams and ask themselves the question: What’s more important, fitting in or being true to yourself?



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    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie Molinaro