**December Staff Picks**

By Christine Palomino | December 5 2017 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGiftPop Culture

Whether you need some last minute holiday inspiration or are looking forward to 2018 – we’ve chosen some faves for you!!

Dear Valentine Letters Mad Libs
Stationery to Fill Out and Send!
978-0-8431-2088-2
Attention lovebirds: the updated version of this popular Mad Libs title includes valentines you can fill in and send to all your friends.
$6.99 US
Dec 28, 2006
6-1/4 x 10
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

The Slime Book
All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime
DK
978-1-4654-7373-8
Includes more than 30 borax-free, simple, safe, homemade slime recipes--from basic slime to edible, textured, glow-in-the-dark, and color-changing slime.
$9.99 US
Dec 05, 2017
7-3/16 x 9-1/4
Paperback
64 Pages
DK Children
Age 6-9 years
Grades 1-4

The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
978-1-61695-775-9
A collection of holiday short mystery stories by Soho Crime authors!
$19.95 US
Oct 24, 2017
5 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
416 Pages
Soho Crime
Age

Rad Women Worldwide: 20 Mini-Posters
978-1-5247-5955-1
Using the art from the New York Times best seller Rad Women: Worldwide, this irresistible collection of frameable mini posters is a must-have for your office, bedroom, or dorm room and a great gift to celebrate your mentor, teacher, or favorite feminist friend.
$12.99 US
Dec 05, 2017
7 x 9
Other Formats
21 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Bobby Flay Fit
200 Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle: A Cookbook
978-0-385-34593-4
Cook, eat, and be fit with 200 recipes from Bobby Flay, whose approach to healthy eating is all about flavor--not eliminating everything from your diet.
$32.50 US
Dec 05, 2017
7-7/16 x 10
Hardcover
256 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Stone Fox Bride
Love, Lust, and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart
978-0-8129-9809-2
Ditch the storybook wedding, banish Bridezilla, and walk down the aisle in style and in truth: you are a Stone Fox Bride and this is your bridal guide.
$45.00 US
Dec 05, 2017
7-3/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Random House
Age

Happiness in This Life
A Passionate Meditation on Earthly Existence
978-0-525-51097-0
A collection of homilies, speeches, and "messages of the day" that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now.
$27.00 US
Dec 05, 2017
5 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
272 Pages
Random House
Age

A Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities: Deyrolle
978-2-08-020321-2
This handsome, slipcased gift volume is a celebration of a Parisian institution that is a temple to taxidermy and the natural world, where a wealth of extravagant curiosities create a fascinating marriage of science and art.
$35.00 US
Dec 05, 2017
5-1/2 x 9
Hardcover
224 Pages
Flammarion
Age

Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty
978-0-7636-9799-0
"While most potty books strike readers as too old or too young, here's one that almost everyone can agree is (you guessed it) just right." - Kirkus ReviewsLittle Goldilocks wants to wear underwear — big-girl underwear that’s not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the “just right” potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this lighthearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.
$16.99 US
Dec 12, 2017
10-5/8 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Happy
978-0-7636-9642-9
This addition to Emma Dodd’s much-loved sequence of animal books features a tenderly composed rhyming text, heartwarming illustrations, and flurries of foil throughout. Exploring the loving relationship between one little owl and his mommy, this beautifully designed picture book is certain to become a bedtime favorite.
$9.99 US
Dec 12, 2017
8 x 8
Board Book
22 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Martin Luther King
The Peaceful Warrior
978-0-7636-7471-7
Follow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King Jr. in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King’s family.Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. As a result of his actions, the United States Congress passed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. This book's powerful story and important message, originally published in 1964, remain as relevant today as they were more than fifty years ago. With a new foreword by the author’s widow, Xernona Clayton, the text has been reviewed and updated for a new generation and features striking new illustrations by Donald Bermudez.
$16.99 US
Dec 12, 2017
6 x 7-3/4
Hardcover
128 Pages
Candlewick
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Tasty Latest and Greatest
Everything You Want to Cook Right Now (An Official Tasty Cookbook)
978-0-525-57564-1
The masterminds behind Buzzfeed's wildly popular cooking vertical "Tasty" compile 80+ of the most flavorful favorites of their hungry-to-learn audience, written and photographed in their trademark easy-to-follow style.
$19.99 US
Dec 12, 2017
7 x 9
Hardcover
192 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

The Knot Yours Truly
Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding
978-1-101-90647-7
The number one wedding brand delivers its first book on helping couples design a bespoke affair that has a distinctly personal feel.
$25.00 US
Dec 12, 2017
8 x 10
Paperback
240 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Mindfulness on the Go
Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere
978-1-61180-445-4
A pocket-sized collection of mindfulness practices anyone can do anytime--from the author of Mindful Eating.
$12.95 US
Dec 12, 2017
4-1/4 x 6-3/4
Paperback
152 Pages
Shambhala
Age

Guess How Much I Love You: A Book of Valentines
978-0-7636-9801-0
It’s a match made in Valentine's Day heaven — thirty-six gorgeous gift cards, plenty of stickers, and the art and sentiment of a cherished classic.Open up this irresistible package and find three dozen mini valentines featuring the beloved Big and Little Nutbrown Hares from Guess How Much I Love You, just waiting to be colored, decorated with two pages’ worth of stickers, and delivered to someone special. Guess how much fans of all ages will love it!
$9.99 US
Dec 26, 2017
6 x 8
Paperback
18 Pages
Candlewick
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Soulful Simplicity
How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
978-0-14-313068-0
Courtney Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.
$18.00 US
Dec 26, 2017
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
256 Pages
TarcherPerigee
Age

Love from Peter Rabbit
978-0-241-30134-0
Say "I love you" to that special somebunny in your life!
$8.99 US
Dec 26, 2017
5-1/2 x 6-3/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Warne
Age All
ALL

Live Lagom
Balanced Living, the Swedish Way
978-0-399-58134-2
An inviting exploration of "the new hygge": the Swedish concept of lagom--finding balance in moderation--featuring inspiration and practical advice on how to find a happy medium in life, home, work, and health.
$16.00 US
Dec 26, 2017
5-1/2 x 7-1/4
Hardcover
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

Mom Hugs
978-1-5247-1856-5
A funny and adorable board book featuring photographs of mama animals hugging their babies.
$6.99 US
Dec 26, 2017
6 x 6
Board Book
26 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

The Pink Hat
978-1-5247-7226-0
Celebrate girl power with this charming and empowering picture book about a pink hat and the budding feminist who finds it. "This simple and cheerful tale suggests, with not an ounce of preachiness, values of care and comfort and the support women have for each other across generations." --The Washington Post
$17.99 US
Dec 26, 2017
9 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington
978-1-101-93669-6
A moving Biography Reader introducing children to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his historic march on Washington.
$4.99 US
Dec 26, 2017
6 x 9
Paperback
48 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3