What is Melissa Fox Reading?

Melissa Fox has worked at Watermark Books & Cafe since October 2011 and is currently the Children's Event Coordinator. She's an omnivorous reader, but specializes in children's literature. When she's not at the store, she's chauffeuring her four daughters (all avid readers) around town, picking up after her slightly absent-minded professor husband, or blogging about books. Since she reads (on average) 150+ books a year, a comprehensive list would be overwhelming to put up. What follows is the "best of the best" for the year.

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Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302818
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - April 11th, 2017

French snails! Adorable pictures! Hilarious to read (for all ages)! 


The Wee Free Men Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062435262
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Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2015

I've probably read this a half dozen times now, and it makes me laugh every. single. time. 


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The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544570979
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 14th, 2017

Meant for the middle reader crowd, this is one that people of all ages (whether you like sports or not) will love. 


Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525457237
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Published: Dutton Children's Books - October 1st, 1996

Haven't read it in years. Still so delightful. 


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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781594749476
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Published: Quirk Books - April 4th, 2017

Cinderella without magic. It works. Promise!


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Yes, it does live up to the hype.


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5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

I haven't read a graphic novel that wowed me this much in a LONG time. 


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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

Laini's writing is gorgeous, the story breathtaking. The only downside is that it's a part of a duology, so we have to wait for the conculsion. So very, VERY good. 


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Real Friends Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626727854
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

I wish my sixth grade self had read this book. Maybe middle school would have been a bit easier.


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All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Another book from my sixth grade self. There's a LOT of excellent graphic novels out this year!


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Sourdough Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374203108
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Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

Because I lie at the intersection of loving baking and technologically savvy and can't help but love a book that has both. 


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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316266574
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

Oh. My. Gosh. I laughed SO much reading this. 


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Excellent not only for the issues it brings up to discuss, but also beause it's just a good story. A must read. 


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Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Fun, engaging, and feminist. Loved it!  


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

I love Stiefvater's writing, and this is no exception.