It is so hard to believe that the holiday is coming up so soon! Have you started shopping? Are you done already? This year I am slacking so bad when it comes to my gift buying but I hope to be finished up the middle of November, which is super late for me. Today I wanted to share with you all some amazing books for just about everyone in your family.
Below you will find a full line up of amazing gifts from travelers to kids, and even foodies. These books are so much fun and I must say my favorite is the s‘mores! book. I just adore this book and you can find it below.
Praised as “a joy to read and reread” (Neil Gaiman), Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of travel books: “Odds are you won’t get past three pages without being amazed” (San Francisco Chronicle). Now the best gets better and the weirdest gets weirder with this completely revised and updated second edition that includes 120 new entries that offer readers even more of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth. What’s more, the second edition includes a full-color gatefold Atlas Obscura road trip map, with a dream itinerary—and paints a rich panorama of what a marvelously strange world we live in.
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review, is an indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading. Written by two leading book authorities who are mothers of three children each, it’s filled with concrete practical tips, strategies that work, been-there wisdom, and inspirational advice. Covering everything from tips on how to engage a reluctant reader to how to organize the home to encourage reading and build a library to reasons not to push Harry Potter too soon, How to Raise a Reader includes a multitude of recommendations for every age, stage and mood.
Sandra Boynton is a rhyming and rhythmic tale about getting ready for bed—when suddenly a pile of loudly snoozing dinos threatens to interrupt the nightly ritual. A delightful addition to Workman’s board book series by Sandra Boynton, one of America’s most beloved children’s authors and illustrators. Publicist: Rebecca Carlisle
Dan Kainen and Ella Morton takes readers on an eye-opening adventure to the vast world of wild Australia, where they are introduced to some of the better known native Australian animals like the kangaroo and the koala, as well as some unfamiliar creatures like the galah and the peacock spider. Using Photicular® technology that’s like a 3-D movie on the page, each moving image delivers a rich, immersive visual experience.
Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco, curious kids embark on the journey of a lifetime—and see how faraway countries have more in common than ever expected! Travel to every continent on earth to visit the weirdest, coolest, and most off-the-beaten-path destinations from snake island in Brazil to the world’s coldest town in Oymyakon, Russia.
In this interactive swing-along picture book with 12 sound chips, kids hear the instruments of jazz—the rhythm section with its banjo, drums, and tuba and the leads like the cornet, trumpet, and trombone, along with scat—improvised melodies with nonsense syllables. Along the way, they learn about the rich history of jazz through a vibrant picture book story.
Paint By Sticker series, with more than 1 million copies in print and now with glitter stickers! As with paint by number, creation is simple. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right numbered space. This boredom-busting activity book features a dazzling array of magical creatures including an enchanted cottage, a mystical wizard casting a spell, a sparkling mermaid, and more. And with Paint by Sticker Kids: Christmas (October 1, 2019; Age range: 5–9; $9.95) the fun continues. From a sparkling Christmas Tree to a fluffy snowman, this activity book is packed with ten playful illustrations that will get every kid in the holiday spirit!
James Mustich is a "treasure chest for book lovers everywhere" (Library Journal, Starred Review) and “the ultimate literary bucket list” (Washington Post) of 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by a short, thought-provoking description of why the book is essential. A must-have for any personal library, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die definitively answers the question: "What should I read next?"
Larry Kay and Chris Perondi is a fully illustrated guide with hundreds of step-by-step photos that show how to teach your dog 118 tricks and stunts. Organized from beginner level to pro, these tricks run the gamut from the kinds of things any well-behaved dogs should know—fetch, paw shake, roll over—to stunts that will delight your friends and family, from dance routines to flying disc acrobatics.
Ester Scholten and Agnes Loonstra is an affectionate tribute to cats and the cool ladies who love them with joyfully illustrated cheeky mottoes, flowcharts, and fun facts throughout. Includes a bonus sheet of colorful stickers!
Richard Austin is a book of wisdom and cute animal appreciation in one. Witness heart-melting, full-color images of mini pigs—lounging on tiny beach chairs, getting creative with paint, nuzzling other farm animals, popping out of flower bushels—paired with inspiring quotes.
Isabel Serna is a charming celebration of the plant lady lifestyle that proves plant love is the joy that keeps growing. There are sweet puns (Aloe you vera much), plant lady dreams (Thrifting the perfect vintage mister), and relatable mantras (Every day is a good day to go plant shopping), featuring vibrant art by Isabel Serna throughout—plus a bonus sheet of plant-themed stickers!
IACP and James Beard Award–winning grill master Steven Raichlen is the definitive handbook to this storied cut of meat. It delivers both a complete step-by-step guide, from buying, trimming, and seasoning brisket to mastering various cooking techniques—including how to cook it both indoors and outdoors—a complete history of brisket throughout the world, and a collection of fifty innovative recipes, from old school pastrami to Holiday Brisket with sweet wine and dried fruits to Brisket Ramen to slam-dunk barbecued brisket.
Elizabeth Karmel is the perfect, no-holds-barred cookbook for anyone whose dream meal is char-crusted, hot, and juicy steak, from tomahawk to tacos, followed by a luscious homemade cake. It’s the soul-satisfying and crave-worthy meals that create lasting memories and new traditions.
Americans LOVE umami, even if they don’t realize it: From smoky bacon and ketchup-slathered cheeseburgers to anchovy-rich Caesar dressing and buttery garlic bread, umami flavor permeates many of the most beloved dishes. But most people associate the Japanese term for this fifth taste (along with salty, sweet, sour, and bitter) with meat. Now, award-winning cookbook author Raquel Pelzel explores how to bring the savory taste typically characteristic of cooked meats to vegetable-forward dishes in Umami Bomb: 75 (Mostly) Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor
Americans buy an estimated 90 million pounds of marshmallows a year, and more than half are roasted for s'mores. Now there’s a cookbook that reimagines and celebrates this American classic: S'mores! Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic (May 28, 2019; $14.95) by Dan Whalen, the culinary genius behind Tots! and founder of the popular food blog The Food in My Beard. More than 50 playful, irresistible recipes that completely challenge the definition of a s’more. Riffs range from classic—Salted Caramel S’mores, Nutella S’mores, and Lemon Meringue S’mores—to crazy. Think Avocado S’mores, S’moresburgers, and the Elvis—bacon, banana, and peanut butter nirvana.
Lastly, we have some amazing picks when it comes to staying on track and creativity. Below you will find some amazing calendars for the upcoming year.
Celebrate a passion for paper—and the creative self-expression paper enables—with a new, innovative line of bold and beautiful stationery from the groundbreaking international magazine Flow. From a smart and intuitive desk pad that takes the stress out of to-do lists to a set of three elegantly designed notebooks that suit any creative need, the line is a gift of pure pleasure to share with journalers, planners, or anyone who appreciates the little things in life. The line launches on April 2, 2020, with theBreathe, Create, Celebrate Notebook Set($14.95); List More, Forget Less Notepad ($12.95); Tiny Pleasures Sticky Notes ($14.95); and One Day At A Time Daily List Pad ($12.95).
In the age of digital calendars and email, a younger generation has rediscovered the joys of planners—and now there’s a whole new line for planner fans to help organize their days. With Pipsticks, planners tap into the retro nostalgia and low-tech appeal of stickers with large planners featuring 1,000+ stickers as well as a new line of personal planners in a smaller, purse-friendly size with 500+ stickers.
So. Many. Stickers.: 2,500 Little Stickers for Your Big Life ($12.95, available June 2019) is packed with 2,500 tiny, bright, and colorful stickers; among the 50 pages of stickers, high-top sneakers, llamas, and roller skates are mixed with perennial favorites like sloths, flowers, and fruit. A Little Book of Big Word Stickers features inspirational hand lettered words and phrases like “Yay All Day” and “The Future Is Bright,” plus tiny stars, smileys, and geometric shapes to make every day a little brighter. A Little Book of Big Magical Stickers features everything magical, mystical, and mysterious. A Little Book of Big Love Stickerscelebrates love and friendship with hearts, best friend tokens, friendship bracelets that you can peel and share, and even a vintage mixtape cassette!
Original Sloths Wall Calendar 2020 ($14.99) Don’t hurry, be happy, with a year of sweet, sleepy, absolutely adorable sloths. These always chilled-out creatures are wise to the joys of slowing down, getting snuggly, and stopping to smell the hibiscus flowers (their #1 favorite snack). Pairing irresistible, brightly colored photographs with charming captions and fascinating sloth facts (did you know it can take a sloth 30 days to digest a single leaf?), every month is a tribute to the mellow joys of living sloth-fully.
Cats on Catnip Wall Calendar 2020 ($14.99) Celebrate a year of far-out cats in a calendar that gleefully dovetails the aww factor with the humor factor, adapted from photographer Andrew Marttila’s beloved book and Instagram that “capture the euphoric expressions of kitties high on catnip—and the results are absolutely hilarious” (Yahoo).
Magical Activity Wall Calendar 2020 (Age range: 3–14; $15.99) Combining entertainment and fantasy, the debut Magical Activity Wall Calendar is a year of enchanting fun from Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle, the team behind the beloved Hello! Lucky greeting cards. Every month is packed with playful prompts (draw yourself dancing to your own magical beat), celebrations (dragon appreciation day), games, and jokes. It’s as fun for kids as it is for teens who are craving a little magic, with illustrations of colorful unicorns, dragons, and llamas throughout—plus 300 stickers, a 12″ × 24″ poster, and a drop-down storage pocket.
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