“Rumple Buttercup: A story of bananas, belonging, and being yourself” written and illustrated by Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple the Monster is down in the dumps. He doesn’t fit it, has unique fashion choices (banana hat?), and longs for a friend (his imaginary friend made of candy just won’t do anymore). Just when Rumple feels that all is lost, a new mysterious friend appears and reminds Rumple he is worthy of love and celebration.

“Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider” by James Dean

Join your old friend Pete in an old nursery rhyme, with a new spin. When Pete meets the poor Itsy Bitsy Spider, the spider just can’t seem to get up the waterspout. Luckily, with the encouragement of Pete and his new friends, the spider not only learns perseverance, but also true friendship.

“Hello, I’m here!” poem by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

In this sweet, new nonfiction picturebook, children get an up close peek at the life of a baby crane. We observe life inside the egg, learning to swim, avoiding predators and thoughts of future flights. With beautiful wildlife photography and rhyming text, this book will delight both children and their grownups.


“The Real Lolita” by Sarah Weinman

This e-Book sheds new light on the terrifyingly true saga that inspired Vladimir Nabakov’s masterpiece “Lolita”; the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner by fifty-year-old Frank La Salle who kept her captive for twenty-one months by posing as her father.

“The Man from the Train” by Bill James

In this e-Book, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James tells how he used his analytical acumen and unprecedented sleuthing technics to crack an unsolved, century-old mystery and uncover the identity of one of the deadliest serial killers in America.

“The Spider and the Fly” by Claudia Rowe

This e-Book tells the true story of a convicted serial killer, charged with killing eight women and hiding the bodies in the home he shared with his parents and sister, and the young reporter who reached out to him and spent the next four years talking together about cruelty, compassion and control.


“I Miss You When I Blink: Essays” by Mary Laura Philpott

In this memoir full of observations about home, work and creative life, Philpott takes on the pressures of modern adulthood with wit. Ultimately she learns that being right and successful doesn’t always lead to happiness. Rather than letting a midlife crisis derail you, you can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not.

“Brave Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More and Live Bolder” by Reshma Soujani

“In Brave, Not Perfect,” Reshma shares insights from her viral TED talk to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave — not perfect — we can all become the authors of our boldest and most joyful life.

“Figuring” by Maria Popova

“Figuring” explores the complexities of love and the search for truth and meaning through the lives of several historical figures — across four centuries. Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark on the world.

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