Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Monthly Staff Picks

Monthly Staff Picks

July Staff Picks

An exciting assortment of KDL staff favorites!

What We Celebrate: July is Disability Pride Month

Celebrate Disability Pride Month this summer with titles that feature information about and characters with a wide spectrum of disabilities.

Grand Rapids Pride Picks

Grand Rapids Pride Occurred on June 22nd 2024. Enjoy some picks from GR Pride Attendees.

Staff Favorites 

Popular Culture

Success Basics: Read and Discuss Stories

The Success Basics are five simple ways to help your child grow smarter: Love, Talk, Count, Play, and Read together.

American Revolution Fiction

If your Fourth of July celebration went by too quickly, pick up one of these historical stories to continue the commemoration.

It's Shark Week!

Take a deep dive into Shark Week with these toothy titles!

Road trips

Summer is a great time for a road trip. Journey along with these characters as they encounter new places and new things about themselves

Popular Nonfiction 

Popular Culture

National Camping Month

Get outside around the campfire, in a tent, in a canoe, or on a hike!

Celebrate the Summer Olympics!

Learn about the Summer Olympic Games (opening ceremony is July 26!) and the city of Paris!

Robot Zoo at the GR Public Museum

Explore biomechanics with larger-than-life animal robots! At the Grand Rapids Public Museum, June 22nd to September 22nd, 2024.

Beyond the Biography

Bored with biographies but love non-fiction? Want to learn about something new and unusual? Give these page turners a try!

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

What We Celebrate: July is Disability Pride Month

Celebrate Disability Pride Month this summer with titles that feature information about and characters with a wide spectrum of disabilities.

Grand Rapids Pride Picks

Grand Rapids Pride Occurred on June 22nd 2024. Enjoy some picks from GR Pride Attendees.

Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, recognized as a federal holiday since 2021, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

Good Books You May Have Missed

Popular Culture

Funny Story

These books feature stories of relatable women finding romance where they least expect it.

What to read while you wait for The Women

Explore these titles while you wait for The Women by Kristin Hannah.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Tweens

We've made our list and checked it twice! Check out our list of book recommendations this holiday season.

What to Read While You Wait for Iron Flame

Explore these titles while you wait for the second book in the Empyrean series, Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros.

Michigan Literature

Popular Culture

Backyard Birds for Kids

Books for young birdwatchers and their grownups for National Bird-Feeding Month!

The River We Remember

These atmospheric novels are set in small towns with beautiful landscapes and packed with suspenseful, investigate plotlines.

If You Liked ... Tom Lake

Some are based in Michigan or simply take place on a farm. All of them take a look at the history we share with the people closest to us.

Summer Wonder Adult: Gardening

Projects, Planting and Growing - Practical and informative guides to inspire both beginner and advanced gardeners.

Audiobooks

Popular Culture

There's Light at the End of the Tunnel

We're all struggling with something these days, and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out these books to realize you're not alone.

While you are a lady-(or-gentleman)-in-waiting for Spare

Grab another royal read to fill in the holes and broaden your perspective, while you wait. You might enjoy Spare even more!

Our furry best friend is indeed a friend in need!

Satisfy your love for, and learning about, our loving, loyal, and fuzzy friends while we all celebrate National Train Your Dog Month!

Once upon a crime scene...

Who's going to pay the price to solve these mysteries and crimes?

Young Readers

Popular Culture

Success Basics: Read and Discuss Stories

The Success Basics are five simple ways to help your child grow smarter: Love, Talk, Count, Play, and Read together.

Yummy!

Who knew there were so many books about food and cooking? Dig in!

Summer books for babies

Summer is the perfect time to read about beaches, hikes, flowers, birds, and more!

National Camping Month

Get outside around the campfire, in a tent, in a canoe, or on a hike!

Elementary

Popular Culture

It's Shark Week!

Take a deep dive into Shark Week with these toothy titles!

National Camping Month

Get outside around the campfire, in a tent, in a canoe, or on a hike!

Celebrate the Summer Olympics!

Learn about the Summer Olympic Games (opening ceremony is July 26!) and the city of Paris!

Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Middle School/High School

Popular Culture

Road trips

Summer is a great time for a road trip. Journey along with these characters as they encounter new places and new things about themselves

Summer Lovin'

It's the perfect time for a summer romance!

National Camping Month

Get outside around the campfire, in a tent, in a canoe, or on a hike!

Celebrate the Summer Olympics!

Learn about the Summer Olympic Games (opening ceremony is July 26!) and the city of Paris!
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