Book Bites December 23

Recommended Reading from our friends at Blue Willow Bookshop!

Book Bites December 2023

From our best books of 2023, here are some favorites:

There Was A Party For Langston

by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jarrett & Jerome Pumphrey (Atheneum)

A celebration of Langston Hughes and African American authors he inspired, viewed at the party held at the New
York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1991.

Twenty Questions

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Candlewick Press)

Acclaimed author Mac Barnett poses twenty questions both playful and profound. The result is a quirky, wandering
exploration of where the best questions lead–to stories.

Every Dreaming Creature

by Brendan Wenzel ( Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

A sleeping salamander, a dancing octopus, a speeding falcon, a sneaking tiger, and a playful human child. As one
dream slips into another, every page immerses you in the sensory wonder of the world’s creatures.

When Sea Becomes Sky

by Gillian McDunn (Bloomsbury Publishing)

In this heartfelt summer story, acclaimed author Gillian McDunn paints a stunning portrait of the bond of siblings and
the love we’ll always carry with us.

The Puppets of Spelhorst

by Kate diCamillo (Candlewick Press)

Five puppets confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning, and high spirits. Individually, they
dream of song and light, freedom and flight, purpose and glory,

The Eyes And The Impossible

by Dave Eggers (McSweeneys)

A dog named Johannes lives in a park. His job is to be the Eyes–to see everything that happens within the park and
report to the park’s elders, three ancient bison who ensure the Equilibrium.

The Night In Question

by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (Random House Books)


When Iris and Alice’s high school dance at the infamous Levy Castle, the site of a starlet’s death in the 1940s, is
interrupted by a violent assault, they pull out their murder boards and get back to work.

Warrior Girl Unearthed

by Angeline Boulley (Henry Holt & Company)

Angeline Boulley takes us back to Sugar Island in this high-stakes thriller about the power of discovering your stolen


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We appreciate a sense of humor. When we goof up, we joke that “one day we’ll be great.”

We’ve got recommendations. We’ve got pizzazz. And we look forward to welcoming you to our happy place.

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