**December Staff Picks**

By Caroline O'Connor | December 11 2018 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGiftPop Culture

Whether you need some last minute holiday inspiration or are looking forward to 2019 – we’ve chosen some faves for you!!

Cook It in Your Dutch Oven
150 Foolproof Recipes Tailor-Made for Your Kitchen's Most Versatile Pot
978-1-945256-56-1
A Dutch oven is the most versatile pot in your kitchen: a soup pot, a deep fryer, a braiser, a roaster, an enclosed bread oven, and the perfect vessel for one-dish meals.
$29.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
7-7/8 x 9-5/8
Paperback
328 Pages
America's Test Kitchen
Age

Look, There's a Submarine!
978-1-5362-0253-3
Follow the holes to read the story in this interactive adventure!Each book in this series follows a vehicle on its journey across five beautifully illustrated spreads, with holes in the pages playing an integral part in driving the narrative. Little ones will love finding the holes with their fingers, peeking through, and turning the page to see what the holes become. With gentle rhyming text encouraging children to answer questions, these journeys through the ocean and into space will be requested time and time again.
$7.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
7-1/16 x 7-1/16
Board Book
10 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Look, There's a Rocket!
978-1-5362-0252-6
Follow the holes to read the story in this interactive adventure!Each book in this series follows a vehicle on its journey across five beautifully illustrated spreads, with holes in the pages playing an integral part in driving the narrative. Little ones will love finding the holes with their fingers, peeking through, and turning the page to see what the holes become. With gentle rhyming text encouraging children to answer questions, these journeys through the ocean and into space will be requested time and time again.
$7.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
7-1/16 x 7-1/16
Board Book
10 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

I Am Little Fish! A Finger Puppet Book
978-1-5362-0023-2
With the wiggle of a finger, readers bring Little Fish to life as he pops through every spread of an adorable puppet book.Come play with Little Fish as he swishes through the sea! Help him blow bubbles and swim around in a whirly circle, then propel him along as he joins his friends to splash and dive and play peekaboo. Who is Little Fish happiest to greet? With its plush finger puppet sturdily attached, this engaging book lets children take a star turn in the story again and again.
$12.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
8-1/4 x 5-9/16
Board Book
16 Pages
Candlewick
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Isle of You
978-0-7636-9116-5
A deep breath and a little imagination are key in this gentle, beautifully illustrated story that will inspire little ones to lift their own spirits — and remember that they are loved.Some days are harder to get through than others, but when you’re sad, or lonely, or angry, it helps to remember these words: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates — anything you can imagine is yours. Hopeful and dreamlike, Jaime Kim’s paintings illuminate a way for young readers to visualize a brighter, happier mood in this compassionate story by David LaRochelle.
$16.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
9-5/8 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

Fox Explores the Night: A First Science Storybook
978-0-7636-9883-6
Young readers are invited to join a determined fox as she sets out to find her dinner in this simple, stylish introduction to light and dark.Fox is hungry. She waits until dark, then emerges from her den to hunt for food. Follow her as she pads through the city streets and learns about sunlight, moonlight, and electric light. Shadows grow along alleys and reflections bounce off store windows as Fox moves through patches of light and dark. Using simple, clear language and beautiful illustrations, this gentle story is the perfect introduction to light and dark for budding scientists.
$16.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
9-1/16 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Baby's First Chinese New Year
DK
978-1-4654-8401-7
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this delightful baby board book little ones will adore.
$5.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
5-1/8 x 5-1/8
Board Book
14 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-2 years
Up to Preschool

Pop-up Peekaboo! I Love You
DK
978-1-4654-6526-9
Find out who's sending Sheep presents in this cute baby book with flaps to lift and pop-ups to enjoy.
$9.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Board Book
12 Pages
DK Children
Age 1-3 years
Up to Preschool

I Love You Little One
DK
978-1-4654-8016-3
Snuggle up with your little one and discover a host of adorable animals and their babies as they gaze at the same glowing moon from beautiful habitats around the world.
$12.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
6 x 10
Board Book
18 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Good Night Love
978-1-60219-775-6
Good Night Love features marital love, friendship love, love for a sibling, love for one's baby, love for grandparents, love for teachers, love of nature, self-love, Valentine's Day, love for a pet, love of the stars and moon, and more! This adorable board book teaches the joys of everyday love while sending little ones off to a peaceful night's sleep. This book is part of the Good Night Our World Series, which includes hundred of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.
$9.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
6 x 6
Board Book
20 Pages
Good Night Books
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Cowboy Wisdom
Over 200 Quotes about the Old West
978-1-57826-784-2
An inspiring collection of over 200 favorite quotations about the Old West.
$12.50 US
Dec 18, 2018
4-3/4 x 7-1/8
Hardcover
112 Pages
Hatherleigh Press
Age

Meditation Made Easy
Coming to Know Your Mind
978-1-78817-244-8
An introductory step-by-step guide to meditation, suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their knowledge and practice.
$14.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
5-1/4 x 8
Paperback
208 Pages
Hay House UK
Age

Compendium of Magical Things
Communicating with the Divine to Create the Life of Your Dreams
978-1-4019-5122-1
A friendly guide to a wide array of divination tools, both ancient and modern, from internationally known spiritual teacher and author Radleigh Valentine.
$16.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
6 x 9
Paperback
208 Pages
Hay House Inc.
Age

Whose Eye Am I?
978-0-8234-4045-0
Eye-popping photographs, a guessing game, and fascinating facts come together to introduce vision to young readers.
$7.99 US
Dec 18, 2018
9-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
32 Pages
Holiday House
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Up Close With Bugs
978-0-8234-4036-8
Amazing micrograph photography helps readers find out if bugs get an undeserved bad rap in this nonfiction picture book.
$8.99 US
Dec 18, 2018
10 x 10
Paperback
40 Pages
Holiday House
Age 7-10 years
Grades 2-5

A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind
978-0-14-313333-9
Little known fact: Buddhist Monks are amazing at cleaning and tidying. In this one-of-a-kind guide to cleaning your home, Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto reveals how to make your home as spotless as it is tranquil and peaceful.
$16.00 US
Dec 24, 2018
5 x 7-1/8
Paperback
144 Pages
TarcherPerigee
Age

You Are a Badass Every Day
How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable
978-0-525-56164-4
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a book of mantras and meditations to fuel your badassery every day
$20.00 US
Dec 04, 2018
5 x 7
Hardcover
224 Pages
Viking
Age

Love for Imperfect Things
How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection
978-0-14-313228-8
Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: "The world could surely use a little more love, a little more compassion, and a little more wisdom. In Love for Imperfect Things, Haemin Sunim shows us how to cultivate all three, and to find beauty in the most imperfect of things--including your very own self." A #1 internationally bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about learning to love ourselves, with all our imperfections, by the Buddhist author of The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
$24.00 US
Dec 24, 2018
5 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
272 Pages
Penguin Books
Age

I Spy the Illuminati Eye
What's the Big Secret?
978-1-5247-8793-6
Enlighten yourself with this fun guide to the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing secret society.
$8.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
5-1/4 x 7-1/4
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Mad Libs After Dark
978-1-5247-8868-1
A Mad Libs collection that includes two romance-themed Adult Mad Libs titles in a sexy hardcover package that's perfect for Valentine's Day!
$9.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Hardcover
96 Pages
Mad Libs
Age

Love Makes a Family
978-0-525-55422-6
This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family . . . and that's LOVE.
$11.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
8-5/8 x 8-5/8
Board Book
24 Pages
Dial Books
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

You Are My I Love You
oversized board book
978-1-9848-1257-5
This joyful celebration of the love shared between parent and child is now available in an oversized board book edition! Perfect for new parents, baby showers, christenings, and sharing at bedtime.
$12.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
8 x 10
Board Book
28 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Little Owl's Snow
978-0-670-01651-8
Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl's Night and Little Owl's Day!
$17.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
8-1/4 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Tokens of My Love
24 Redeemable Coupons for Friends, Couples, and Families
978-0-525-57425-5
Share the love with this adorable set of redeemable friendship coupons from quirk-tastic illustrator Jordan Sondler. Perfect for Valentine's or Galentine's Day, or as an everyday gift, this keepsake box is filled with 24 IOUs--a delightful gift for both BFFs and romantic partners.
$12.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
3-1/4 x 3
Merchandise
24 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Keep Out!
A Nostalgic '90s Diary with Smiley Face Charm and Stickers
978-0-525-57426-2
For those of us still craving a taste of the '90s, Jordan Sondler's illustrated diary is the perfect place to store all of your best-kept secrets, highest hopes, and most embarrassing moments. Keep out!
$14.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
5 x 7
Stationery & Accessories
160 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Lucky in Love
Traditions, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding
978-0-525-57390-6
Covering traditions, rituals, and superstitions from places and cultures all over the world, Lucky in Love is all about bringing the magic to your wedding.
$16.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
6 x 8
Hardcover
160 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Love in Twelve Languages
12 Foil-Stamped Note Cards with Envelopes
978-0-451-49967-7
House Industries's luxurious, rose gold and gold foil-stamped note cards feature twelve translations of love in all different fonts, proving that this emotion truly is a universal language. Blank on the inside with phonetic spellings of the translations and packaged in a beautiful keepsake box, each of these twelve cards is a unique way to tell someone you care.
$22.50 US
Dec 18, 2018
5 x 7
Cards
12 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Thanks in Twelve Languages
12 Foil-Stamped Note Cards and Envelopes
978-0-451-49968-4
House Industries's luxurious, silver and copper foil-stamped note cards feature twelve translations of thank you in all different fonts, so you can send a world of thanks. Blank on the inside and packaged in a beautiful keepsake box, each of these twelve cards is a unique way to tell someone you appreciate them.
$22.50 US
Dec 18, 2018
5 x 7
Cards
12 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Speeches of Note
An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience
978-0-399-58006-2
From the author of the popular blog and international bestselling book Letters of Note comes an illustrated collection of 80 of history's most interesting, profound, and sometimes unknown speeches from a range of scintillating personalities such as Queen Elizabeth II, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, Harvey Milk, John Cleese, and Barbara Streisand.
$40.00 US
Dec 04, 2018
8 x 11
Hardcover
384 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

Paper New York City
978-1-57687-877-4
Punch out, Fold up and Fuhgeddaboutit!
$14.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
9-1/5 x 12
Paperback
40 Pages
powerHouse Books
Age

Spectacularly Beautiful
A Refugee's Story
978-1-57687-891-0
A young refugee living in America learns to see herself as beautiful, in spite of physical and emotional scars from her troubled homeland, thanks to a gifted teacher.
$16.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
10-9/10 x 9-3/10
Hardcover
32 Pages
POW!
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

Modern Spaces
A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Interiors
978-3-7913-8468-9
In this follow-up to Modern Forms, award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre presents a visually arresting archive of remarkable modernist interiors found throughout the world.
$40.00 US
Dec 04, 2018
9-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
224 Pages
Prestel
Age

The Minimalist Home
A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life
978-1-60142-799-1
A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living.
$19.99 US
Dec 18, 2018
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
256 Pages
WaterBrook
Age

My Little Golden Book About Martin Luther King Jr.
978-0-525-57870-3
A nonfiction Little Golden Book about an American leader every child should know!
$4.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
6-5/8 x 8
Hardcover
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

My Little Golden Book About Jackie Robinson
978-0-525-57868-0
A nonfiction Little Golden Book about the trailblazing baseball player!
$4.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
6-5/8 x 8
Hardcover
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Who Loves Boo?
978-0-525-57957-1
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Boo the cat in this flocked die-cut board book by Salina Yoon, the master of seasonal board and novelty books.
$6.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
7 x 6-3/4
Board Book
18 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Love Is Everywhere! (Sunny Day)
978-0-525-64738-6
This all-new board book features the characters from Nickelodeon's Sunny Day!
$6.99 US
Dec 18, 2018
6 x 6-5/8
Board Book
22 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

My Fuzzy Valentine Deluxe Edition (Sesame Street)
978-1-9848-5041-6
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Elmo in this big board book with a super-fuzzy cover and super-fuzzy pages.
$9.99 US
Dec 24, 2018
8 x 8
Board Book
12 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat
978-1-5247-6467-8
An Indie Next List Pick! "All libraries should make space on their shelves for Harold."--School Library Journal (starred review) In this sweet picture book that celebrates selflessness and the joy of helping others, a little bear named Harold loses his beloved woolly hat--only to discover that others need it more.
$17.99 US
Dec 11, 2018
8 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets
An Unusual Alphabet
978-1-5247-1331-7
A delightful book of curious, little-known "facts" about animals--one for each letter of the alphabet!
$17.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

How to Say I Love You in (Almost) Every Language
978-1-925418-85-9
This beautifully designed and illustrated guide to saying "I love you" in 150 languages is the perfect gift for the romantic traveler or loved one.
$16.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
5-1/2 x 7-1/4
Hardcover
224 Pages
Smith Street Books
Age

52 Lists "To Do List" Notepad
978-1-63217-233-4
From the author of the bestselling 52 Lists guided journal series comes a lovely To Do list notepad that fans of 52 Lists are sure to love! List your life from goals to grocery lists with this beautiful 52 Lists To Do List notepad. Includes 52 tear-off sheets with lines and checkboxes and is embellished with metallic foil and lush illustration. Use it as your daily companion to stay organized and accomplish what you really want to from your days. The 52 Lists series includes an assortment of beautiful guided journals and stationery products including The 52 Lists Project, 52 Lists for Happiness, The 52 Lists Planner and more!
$9.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
4 x 7
Stationery & Accessories
52 Pages
Sasquatch Books
Age

52 Lists "My Weekly List" Desk Pad
978-1-63217-232-7
From the blockbuster author of The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness journals comes a gorgeous weekly desk pad that fans of the bestselling 52 Lists series are sure to love! List your weekly priorities and stay organized with this beautiful 52 Lists Weekly Desk Pad planner notepad that doubles as a mousepad! Includes 52 tear-off sheets to plan your top priorities weekly and divide your day into "need to" tasks versus "want to" desires every day of the year. Complete with metallic foil and lush illustration, this pad will have pride of place on any desk!
$12.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
10-3/4 x 7-3/4
Stationery & Accessories
52 Pages
Sasquatch Books
Age

Sue Stratford's Knitted Aviary
A flock of 21 beautiful birds to knit
978-1-78221-640-7
Create your own flock of 21 knitted birds, from best-selling author and knitting designer Sue Stratford.
$19.95 US
Dec 04, 2018
8 x 10-1/4
Paperback
144 Pages
Search Press
Age

Mindful Eating on the Go
Practices for Eating with Awareness, Wherever You Are
978-1-61180-633-5
A compact, carry-along collection of meditative eating practices to use wherever you happen to be--by the best-selling author of Mindful Eating, in the model of her wildly successful Mindfulness on the Go.
$12.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
4-1/4 x 6-3/4
Paperback
176 Pages
Shambhala
Age

The Compassionate Kitchen
Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude
978-1-61180-634-2
Eating as a spiritual practice: wisdom from the Buddhist tradition that you can use at home.
$14.95 US
Dec 11, 2018
5 x 7-3/4
Paperback
160 Pages
Shambhala
Age

Radiant
The Cookbook
978-1-61180-509-3
Turn your pantry into a storehouse of beauty fuel -- and you'll begin to radiate health from the inside out.
$26.95 US
Dec 04, 2018
7 x 10-1/2
Paperback
288 Pages
Roost Books
Age

Nourish
The Cancer Care Cookbook
978-1-84899-076-0
Penny Brohn Cancer Care is the UK's leading centre for holistic cancer treatment - and here they share their practical and compassionate wisdom, their inspiring advice and their groundbreaking recipes
$18.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
7-3/16 x 8-1/2
Paperback
160 Pages
Nourish
Age

The Big Book of Quick, Easy Family Recipes
500 simple, healthy ideas you and your kids can enjoy
978-1-84899-359-4
500 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes suitable for the whole family. Each one is simple and quick to prepare and contain honest, uncomplicated ingredients that are certain to please.
$19.95 US
Dec 24, 2018
7-7/16 x 9-9/16
Paperback
388 Pages
Nourish
Age