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Short Story Month
The word count may be smaller, but the beauty and importance isn't. For those with shorter attention spans, stuck in-between reads, or looking to try out a new author - these short stories are for you!
AAPI Heritage Month
For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're celebrating by highlighting stories of history, culture, and impact, as well as great books by AAPI authors.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION:
Jewish American Heritage Month
Works by Jewish American writers, and stories that share and celebrate the varied experiences and impact of Jewish Americans.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION
Mental Health Awareness Month
Books that showcase characters with mental health conditions and offer resources to help fight stigma and raise awareness.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION
Village Well Favorites
Our community's favorite books. Complete the survey on our home page and add yours to the list!
This Month's Issue
This month we focus on the extreme economic inequity in our society that COVID-19 has exposed. How did we get to this point, and what can we do about it? The following books might help us answer this question. If you have others to add, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Independent Bookstore Bestsellers
Spring Break Reads
Romances, mysteries, and other un-put-down-able books for your break in the sun.
World Poetry Month
A time to celebrate poets and their craft. Here are our eseential poetry picks we think everyone will love.
Books that teach us to care for our environment and to celebrate the beauty of nature all around us.
Autism Acceptance Month
Whether you're looking to gain awareness about the autism spectrum or read stories with neurodiverse characters, we've got books to help you celebrate differences and promote acceptance and inclusion.
Women's History Month
This month, we're highlighting a few of the inspiring, intelligent, and innovative women who continue to push boundaries and change our world.
New and old, here are a few of our favorite reads by authors who have shaped literary fiction.
Advocates for just work places, pioneers in social justice and literature, and stories redefining womanhood.
Stories to teach your young ones about warrior women from all over the world.
Black History Month
To celebrate, here's our top picks to honor, amplify, and empower Black authors and stories. This year’s theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity - exploring stories of the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the US.
From classic authors like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, to the modern voices of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brit Bennett, these fictional reads explore Black family and identity across generations and landscapes.
Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, Katherine Johnson, and so many more - here's our top books for children and young readers. From a young Malcolm X dreaming of freedom and justice, to a child's shifting emotions throughout the tumult of police violence and protests, these stories aim to help kids (and adults!) learn about and celebrate the Black experience.
The story of The Great Migration, a father's letters to his son, and a Black Power Manifesto - these are our top Non-Fiction reads for Black History Month.
SCI-FI & FANTASY:
Death's adopted daughter, an alien biodome, and a girl's quest to save magic. Get lost in these exciting reads from Black voices.
Whether you're falling in love, out of love, been in love, or searching for love - we've got a book for you.
Learn to live with vulnerability, connect with nature, and form healthy habits with our top picks on self care.
First 100 Days
Tackling Covid-19, the climate crisis, economic disparity, and healthcare - here are some great reads about theses issues and more for Biden's first 100 days in office.
California, The Golden State
Get to know our great state better by reading about her history, politics and people. What books are we missing?
Spanish Language Kids Books
Some titles are in English and introduce Spanish vocabulary, others provide full text in Spanish
Armchair Traveler Series
Itching for a change of scenery? We get it - and we want to guide you in your travel through books! Read history, fiction, poetry, biographies, and more from countries and regions outside our own little bubble. Where can we take your next?
STOP 1: ARGENTINA
A beautiful country with powerful literature and more. Many of the fiction books from Argentina have political messages written throughout, since open criticism of the government was punishable for most of the 20th century. Let us know if you have fiction, nonfiction, adult or kids books to help us learn from residents of Argentina.
STOP 2: FINLAND
These Scandinavian reads range from chilling noir crime to little-known and controversial war history to life philosophy on Sisu, or everyday courage.
Listen to the Trees
Reconnect with nature, learn about the power of forests, and meditate outdoors.
America: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Show your patriotism by reading nonfiction, fiction, young adult, and kids books!
YOUNG ADULT FICTION + NONFICTION
KIDS FICTION + NONFICTION
BOOKS FOR KIDS
BOOKS FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS