** April Staff Picks **

By Caroline O'Connor | March 23 2022 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGiftPop Culture

April showers us with some amazing books this month! See all of our favorites HERE!

Bludso's BBQ Cookbook
A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul
978-1-9848-5955-6
A deep look at family, community, and Texas BBQ through 90 recipes and stories from the famous pitmaster and restaurateur behind Bludso's BBQ.
$29.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
7-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Drink Lightly
A Lighter Take on Serious Cocktails, with 100+ Recipes for Low- and No-Alcohol Drinks: A Cocktail Recipe Book
978-0-593-23259-0
Explore the lighter side of serious cocktails with 100 recipes for creative low and no-alcohol drinks from the craft cocktail veteran behind New York City's beloved Nitecap bar.
$26.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
8 x 9
Hardcover
272 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Food Network Magazine The Recipe-A-Day Kids Cookbook
365 Fun, Easy Treats
978-1-950785-91-9
Make every day special with an easy and exciting recipe, whether it’s the first day of school, a big birthday, or just a lazy Sunday.
$22.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
7-3/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
224 Pages
Hearst Home Kids
Age 8-12 years

Arabiyya
Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora [A Cookbook]
978-1-9848-5907-5
A collection of 100 bright, bold recipes influenced by the vibrant flavors and convivial culture of the Arab world, filled with moving personal essays on food, family, and identity mixed with a pinch of California cool, from chef and activist Reem Assil
$35.00 US
Apr 19, 2022
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
304 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Vino
The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine
978-0-593-13614-0
The Italian wine bible for a new generation—a superstar sommelier and restaurateur explores the dynamic world of contemporary Italian wine.
$35.00 US
Apr 26, 2022
7 x 10
Hardcover
320 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Clark Little
The Art of Waves
978-1-9848-5978-5
Instagram sensation Clark Little shares his most remarkable photographs from inside the breaking wave, with a foreword by world surfing champion Kelly Slater. 
$40.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
240 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Women in Art: 100 Postcards
978-0-593-23333-7
100 empowering postcards featuring portraits of 50 diverse, pioneering female artists by the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Women in Art.
$20.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
4-7/16 x 6-1/2
Cards
100 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Things You Can Do
How to Fight Climate Change and Reduce Waste
978-1-9848-5966-2
Learn what you can do right now to reduce your carbon footprint with this inspiring, accessible, stunningly illustrated book based on Eduardo Garcia's popular New York Times column.
$19.99 US
Apr 19, 2022
6 x 8
Paperback
256 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Don't Worry
48 Lessons on Relieving Anxiety from a Zen Buddhist Monk
978-0-14-313670-5
Discover why 90% of your worries won’t come true in this highly practical, internationally bestselling guide by the renowned Zen Buddhist author of The Art of Simple Living.
$22.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
5 x 7
Hardcover
224 Pages
Penguin Life

Ralph Lauren's Polo Shirt
978-0-8478-6630-4
Embodying a chic casualness that is uniquely American, the Polo shirt is a cultural symbol, worn by everyone from movie stars and presidents to athletes and artists.
$36.95 US
Apr 26, 2022
6-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
496 Pages
Rizzoli

Austentatious Deck of Cards
Life Lessons from Jane Austen
978-1-922417-78-7
If ever in doubt, just ask yourself “What would Jane do?” 
$16.95 US
May 10, 2022
3-5/16 x 4-2/3
Other Formats
50 Pages
Smith Street Gift

Fancy Plants Playing Cards
978-1-922417-71-8
Challenge your friends to decide once and for all which plant is the one plant to rule them all.
$14.95 US
May 10, 2022
2-5/8 x 3-1/2
Other Formats
54 Pages
Smith Street Gift

The Allure of Charleston
Houses, Rooms, and Gardens
978-0-8478-7157-5
The Allure of Charleston celebrates this historic city’s eighteenth- and nineteenth-century styles and demonstrates how they continue to be employed and updated by design professionals today.
$55.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
8-3/4 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
240 Pages
Rizzoli

The Mountains Are Calling
Year-Round Adventures in the Olympics and West Cascades
978-1-63217-321-8
Looking for easily accessible yet off-the-beaten-path outdoor adventures you can do year-round in the mountains near Seattle, Portland, and Bend? Look no further!
$22.95 US
Apr 05, 2022
6 x 9
Paperback
240 Pages
Sasquatch Books

Coming Home to Nature
The French Art of Countryfication
978-2-08-026136-6
The call of the wild has never looked as stylish as in these homes nestled in the French countryside, crafted by families pursuing a new form of country living. 
$30.00 US
Apr 26, 2022
7-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
208 Pages
Flammarion

Chaotic Happiness
The Psychology of Finding Yourself in a World That's Lost
978-0-7440-5127-8
Finding happiness in the chaos is one of the hardest things you can do. It’s also one of the most important.
$24.99 US
Apr 26, 2022
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
Hardcover
224 Pages
Alpha

Lift Every Voice
A Celebration of Black Lives
978-1-950785-81-0
“When we lift every voice, we forge a deep and enduring connection to the past—and carve a tunnel of hope to a brighter future for us all.” -Oprah Winfrey “This book, above all else, is a reminder of where we have been and the debt we owe to those who came before. These Americans have not passed the torch, but are clasping it with us, urging us to continue the work alongside them,”-Nikole Hannah-Jones More than 50 elders share their remarkable experiences of being Black in America in a collection of powerful photographs and interviews
$40.00 US
Apr 26, 2022
8 x 9
Hardcover
256 Pages
Hearst Home

Coastlines
At the Water's Edge
978-1-9848-5834-4
A stunning, wanderlust-inspiring collection of travel photography focused on water and coastlines from the premier online curator of travel photography, Tiny Atlas Quarterly.
$35.00 US
May 24, 2022
9 x 11
Hardcover
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Big Activity Book for Teacher People
978-0-593-41940-3
A hilarious, relatable way to honor the everyday heroes we all know and love, with illustrated laugh-out-loud activities and journaling prompts.
$18.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
Paperback
144 Pages
TarcherPerigee

Portrait of a Thief
A Novel
978-0-593-18473-8
Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.
$26.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
6 x 9
Hardcover
384 Pages
Tiny Reparations Books

Time Is a Mother
978-0-593-30023-7
The highly anticipated collection of poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong
$24.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
5 x 8
Hardcover
128 Pages
Penguin Press

The Path
A Picture Book About Finding Your Own True Way
978-1-66265-063-5
From New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake, this inspirational guide to finding your authentic self through life's challenges is a hip new take on the graduation book.
$18.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
9 x 9
Hardcover
32 Pages
mineditionUS
Age 4-8 years

Sometimes Babies...
A Book for a New Baby
978-1-5362-2405-4
Babies change and babies grow. They're different every day. But you're the baby I love best . . . in every single way.There are so many different kinds of babies in the world: big, small, short, tall. They can even be jumpy or grumpy! With bold animal artwork on every spread and a mirror on the last page, this irresistibly lovely board book will brighten any bookshelf and is the perfect first book to share with babies everywhere.
$9.99 US
May 10, 2022
8 x 8
Board Book
18 Pages
Candlewick Press
Age 0-2 years

Anna Hibiscus
978-1-5362-2519-8
From acclaimed Nigerian storyteller Atinuke, the first in a series of chapter books set in contemporary West Africa introduces a little girl who has enchanted young readers.Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa, with her mother and father, her twin baby brothers (Double and Trouble), and lots of extended family in a big white house with a beautiful garden in a compound in a city. Anna is never lonely—there are always cousins to play and fight with, aunties and uncles laughing and shouting, and parents and grandparents close by. Readers will happily follow as she goes on a seaside vacation, helps plan a party for Auntie Comfort from Canada (will she remember her Nigerian ways?), learns firsthand what it’s really like to be a child selling oranges outside the gate, and longs to see sweet snow. Nigerian storyteller Atinuke’s debut book for children and its sequels, with their charming (and abundant) gray-scale drawings by Lauren Tobia, are newly published in the US by Candlewick Press, joining other celebrated Atinuke stories in captivating young readers.
$16.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
5-1/16 x 7-13/16
Hardcover
112 Pages
Candlewick
Age 6-9 years

Oceanarium
Welcome to the Museum
978-1-5362-2381-1
This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths.This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths. Learn about the ocean’s most fascinating animals, including giant whale sharks, tiny tropical fish, and majestic manatees, among many others. With expert text by marine biologist Loveday Trinick and stunning illustrations by Teagan White, travel the world from frozen Arctic seas to shimmering coral reefs, and learn why it is so important that we protect our oceans.
$37.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
Hardcover
112 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

Find Out About Animal Homes
978-1-5362-2047-6
Discover some of the many types of animal homes in this engaging introduction for young children from a conservation biologist.Some animals make houses out of sticks (storks will return to their large twiggy nests year after year). Others build them out of stones (young caddis flies carry their pebbly homes wherever they go). And some—like edible-nest swiftlets—craft houses out of spit! Many animals have homes, but not all animal homes are the same. From honeybees with neat, precise hives to pack rats with messy nests, from prairie dogs whose underground towns last for decades to orangutans who make a new home every day, the range of dwellings depicted here shows how much animals’ behavior can vary, even in their own homes. Melding a simple narration with more detailed facts on such animals as beavers, spiders, polar bears, termites, and reindeer, this appealing picture book also offers a brief note on animals and their homes in the back matter.
$17.99 US
Apr 26, 2022
9-1/16 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 3-7 years

I Am God's Dream
978-0-593-23473-0
A beautiful celebration of the unique, strong traits that every child has—and how God adores and delights in all of our strengths and quirks—from the bestselling author of When God Made You.
$12.99 US
Apr 26, 2022
8-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Convergent Books
Age 3-7 years

Roly the Hedgehog
978-0-7440-5471-2
A delightful picture book that shows young readers how they can help the prickly hedgehogs that like to visit gardens, parks, and outdoor spaces.
$9.99 US
Apr 26, 2022
8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
40 Pages
DK Children
Age 3-5 years

Little Monarchs
978-0-8234-4260-7
A ten-year-old girl may be the only person who can save humanity from extinction in this exciting graphic novel adventure.
$22.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
6-3/4 x 9
Hardcover
256 Pages
Margaret Ferguson Books
Age 9-12 years

All You Need
978-0-8234-4329-1
A little girl grows up to be an accomplished artist in this sumptuously illustrated book about the small things that lead to a rich and fulfilling life.
$18.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Age 4-8 years

The Tide Pool Waits
978-0-8234-4915-6
Dive into the rich ecology of tide pools and watch a hidden world spring in this masterful nonfiction picture book for very young readers.
$18.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Age 4-8 years

The Outdoor Scientist
The Wonder of Observing the Natural World
978-0-593-11556-5
From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes a book about exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see--with 40 fun outdoor activities that promote independent thinking, which kids can enjoy all year round!
$9.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
7 x 9
Paperback
208 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 8-12 years

She Persisted: Temple Grandin
978-0-593-35355-4
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Temple Grandin!
$5.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
80 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 6-9 years

What Is Juneteenth?
978-0-593-38469-5
Discover more about Juneteenth, the important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States.
$5.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Donut
The Unicorn Who Wants to Fly
978-0-593-37625-6
Here's the hilarious story of Donut, a scruffy unicorn who can't fly-- but who keeps on trying! From the author of One Big Pair of Underwear and the illustrator of Sweety.
$17.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
11 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 4-8 years

I'd Like to Be the Window for a Wise Old Dog
978-0-593-37508-2
A comforting and timely new picture book that feels like an instant modern classic, written and illustrated by Philip Stead, author of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and the New York Times bestselling The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.
$18.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
8-3/4 x 11-3/4
Hardcover
48 Pages
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

Mako and Tiger
Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks
978-0-593-12071-2
Two sharks, the ocean's most ferocious predators, try to resolve their differences by trading jokes and making each other laugh in this picture book about learning to get along with others. 
$17.99 US
May 03, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 3-7 years

The Secret Life of the Sea Otter
978-1-63592-325-4
Follow a year in the life of an adorable sea otter as she creatively hunts for food, deftly avoids danger from a great white shark, and gives birth to a pup.
$17.99 US
May 31, 2022
9 x 9
Hardcover
32 Pages
Astra Young Readers
Age 6-9 years

Mommy's Hometown
978-1-5362-1332-4
When a young boy and his mother travel overseas to her childhood home in Korea, the town is not as he imagined. Will he be able to see it the way Mommy does?This gentle, contemplative picture book about family origins invites us to ponder the meaning of home. A young boy loves listening to his mother describe the place where she grew up, a world of tall mountains and friends splashing together in the river. Mommy’s stories have let the boy visit her homeland in his thoughts and dreams, and now he’s old enough to travel with her to see it for himself. But when mother and son arrive, the town is not as he imagined. Skyscrapers block the mountains, and crowds hurry past. The boy feels like an outsider—until they visit the river where his mother used to play, and he sees that the spirit and happiness of those days remain. Sensitively pitched to a child’s-eye view, this vivid story honors the immigrant experience and the timeless bond between parent and child, past and present.
$17.99 US
Apr 12, 2022
8-7/16 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 3-7 years