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Beth Byrne - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you... until the day you begin to share your stories. And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you."
From The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson

Chirp by Kate Messner - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781547605705
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 9th, 2021

Mia’s grandmother suspects that her cricket farm is being sabotaged. No one believes her except Mia. Mia is determined to solve the mystery with the help of her friend, Clover. In the process, Mia is empowered to reveal a painful secret she had been keeping from her parents, which relieves the burden she has been carrying.. This is a fun adventure, with new friends, new beginnings, and courage that comes from feeling scared, but pushing through it to stand up for oneself. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


The Anti-Book by Raphael Simon - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552413
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Published: Dial Books - April 6th, 2021

Mickey is twelve years old, and angry at everything and everyone. His parents are divorcing, and already have new partners. His sister is snarky towards him, and her boyfriend is an outright bully. Mickey just wants it all to disappear. He comes upon a book that instructs: “To erase it, write it.” He decides to write a list of all the people and things he would like to disappear- not really expecting that it would happen! Mickey regrets his actions, and has to embark on a confusing, mixed-up journey in the new world he has created in order to restore the old. Filled with illustrations, this book is fast-paced and funny, as well as a lesson in appreciating the less-than-perfect people in our lives. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


Darling Baby by Maira Kalman - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316330626
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

Written by renowned author and illustrator Maira Kalman, this small, beautiful book is based on the journal she kept during the first months she spent with her new granddaughter. The illustrations record the people and things they encountered while venturing to the seaside. Kalman makes the “ordinary” seem magical just by observing, and naming what she sees. It is a meditation on the wonders of being mindful of the things that often go unnoticed. The watercolor illustrations and handwritten text are in the unique style that has made Kalman a favorite for her New Yorker covers, as well as her many books. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


How to Write a Story: (Read-Aloud Book, Learn to Read and Write) by Kate Messner - Book Review

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By Kate Messner, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452156668
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 7th, 2020

A fantastic step-by-step guide to writing a story, and becoming a writer. Written with clear, easy to understand directions, the illustrations demonstrate the questions a writer will answer as the story takes shape, such as: What does the character look like? What problem does the character need to solve? By making the process fun, the reader will be eager to start creating a story of their own. ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall - Book Review

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By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

The winner of the 2016 and 2019 Caldecott Medal is back with a beautifully illustrated book which begins “Dear Visitor From Outer Space, If you come to Earth, here’s what you need to know.” The child-narrator describes the vast variety of life on Earth, both for humans and animals. The illustrations are gorgeous, and demonstrate the similarities and differences between us all. Blackall’s message is that “we are all here on this beautiful planet. It’s the only one we have, so we should take care of it. And each other, don’t you think?” ~ Reviewed by Beth Byrne


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