*Staff Picks for August*

By Sarah Williams | August 15 2017 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGift

August can be a very distracting month—gift show season is in full swing and we’re prepping madly for NY NOW. This year we are also working on the launch of this web site. And of course summer vacations are coming to a close. So we want to be sure you didn’t miss out some terrific new books and gifts that went on sale during the dog days of summer:

Q&A a Day for Grandparents
A 3-Year Journal of Memories and Mementos

The newest title in the bestselling Q&A a Day series, Q&A a Day for Grandparents is a 3-year journal with prompts that celebrate and record the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. We love the large-type font (thank you design!) and the personalized cover that lets you slip a photograph of grandparent and grandchild into the frame. (*New series corrugate + custom header available for this title.)

$16.95 US
Aug 08, 2017
5-1/2 x 7
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Peppers of the Americas
The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor [A Cookbook]

Some like it hot, after all, and this gorgeous guide to peppers is packed with fascinating history, tasting notes and recommended uses, delicious recipes, and a gallery of more than 225 color photographs.

$37.50 US
Aug 01, 2017
8 x 10
352 Pages
Lorena Jones Books

Life Lessons
125 Prayers and Meditations

This pretty gift book of affirmations and prayers is small (5 x 7 1/8”) enough to tuck in your pocket but packed with inspiration and encouragement. For anyone who loved Illuminata by Marianne Williamson, Graces by June Cotner, or Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott, Life Lessons comes from Julia Cameron, the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Artist’s Way.

$15.00 US
Aug 15, 2017
5 x 7-1/8
144 Pages

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy
A Journal

We love this journal’s sunny yellow cover—sure to bring cheer to every day—and the shimmering rainbow foil. The bestselling Do One Thing series continues to be a hit in the gift market and this new topic has struck a nerve in our offices. We all need the reminder to stop and smell the roses—or whatever brings each of us happiness, gratitude, and joy–every day. (*New series corrugate + custom header available for this title.)

$12.95 US
Aug 08, 2017
4-1/2 x 5-3/4
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Daring Dames
A Kyler Martz Journal

Seattle designer and muralist Kyler Martz packs this journal with retro-cool illustrations of dare-defying, high-flying women, the perfect inspiration when you’re recording big dreams, satisfying achievements, or revolutionary ideas.

$16.95 US
Aug 15, 2017
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Stationery & Accessories
128 Pages
Sasquatch Books

Deal or Duel Hamilton Game
An Alexander Hamilton Card Game: Card Games

We love Hamilton–we know we’re not alone–and game night too so we challenge you to Deal or Duel! This mash-up of Hamilton facts, Revolutionary War history, and innovative dueling card game includes 3 card decks, a treasury of fake colonial bills, and a mini-poster scroll of revolutionary war figures. And sure, it’s ok to hum while you play…

$26.00 US
Aug 08, 2017
6-1/2 x 6-1/2
214 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age 10 and up

My Rad Life
A Journal

We found a lot of inspiration in Rad Women Worldwide, so we’re very excited about My Rad Life, an empowering and interactive journal that encourages teens, tweens, women, and girls to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness. This rad journal includes inspiring quotes, gentle prompts, and stories about amazing women who’ve shaped history.

$12.99 US
Aug 15, 2017
6 x 8
Stationery & Accessories
176 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The School Year Survival Cookbook
Healthy Recipes and Sanity-Saving Strategies for Every Family and Every Meal (Even Snacks)

We have a lot of busy moms and dads on our team so we’re excited that the authors of the bestselling How to Feed a Family have tackled the annual end-of-summer challenge: school lunches and weeknight meal planning. Thanks to their 110 recipes and valuable strategies, this school year should be much less chaotic for all our families.

$24.95 US
Jul 04, 2017
8-1/4 x 10
224 Pages
Appetite by Random House

The Story of Ferdinand

Why is this beloved classic about the world’s most peaceful bull in our Staff Picks? Because for the first time ever, it’s available in board book. Be Ferdinand!

$9.99 US
Aug 01, 2017
7-1/2 x 7-3/4
Board Book
34 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years

Good Night Families

Promoting acceptance and love, Good Night Families is a celebration of the diversity in the modern family. More than 4 million copies of the books in the Good Night series have been sold; it’s a trusted brand for bed-time in the gift market and a sure-sell for all our board book fans.

$9.95 US
Jul 18, 2017
6 x 6
Board Book
20 Pages
Good Night Books
Age 0-3 years

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

From the creators of How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Raise a Mom, and more, How to Get Your Teacher Ready will bring the laughs this school year as students offer up back-to-school tips for teachers. The perfect gift for a student or a teacher—at the start or end of the school year or any time its role-reversal humor might be appreciated.

$18.99 US
Jul 04, 2017
8-1/2 x 11
32 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Show friends and family how much you appreciate them with the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s colorful book of thanks.

$9.99 US
Aug 15, 2017
5-1/2 x 6-3/4
32 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 3-6 years

Toast and Jam
Modern Recipes for Rustic Baked Goods and Sweet and Savory Spreads

Rustic breads, scones, and biscuits paired with fruit-jams, jellies, nut butters, savory spreads, pickles, and more–from the James Beard award-winning author of Sourdough.

$35.00 US
Aug 15, 2017
7 x 9
256 Pages
Roost Books