**December Staff Picks**

By Caroline O'Connor | November 30 2020 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGiftPop Culture

Whether you need some last minute holiday inspiration or are looking forward to 2020 – we’ve chosen some faves for you!! See them all HERE!

The Ultimate College Cookbook
Easy, Flavor-Forward Recipes for Your Campus (or Off-Campus) Kitchen
978-0-593-23208-8
Students will discover the joy and simplicity of cooking for themselves with 60 recipes for easy, delicious meals that can easily be made in any dorm room or shared apartment!
$19.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
7 x 9
Paperback
160 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Meal Prep in an Instant
50 Make-Ahead Recipes and 7 Prep Plans for Your Instant Pot
978-1-4654-9341-5
Make weekly meal prep in your Instant Pot easy with over 50 recipes and 7 weekly prep plans
$19.99 US
Dec 15, 2020
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Paperback
160 Pages
Alpha
Age

The Nutritionist's Kitchen
Transform Your Diet and Discover the Healing Power of Whole Foods
978-1-61180-717-2
The ultimate guide to healthy meals with the healing benefits of whole foods and the latest science-backed nutritional guidelines.
$24.95 US
Dec 15, 2020
7-1/2 x 9-1/4
Paperback
272 Pages
Roost Books
Age

Eat Good Fat
Nourish Your Body with Over 100 Healthy, Fat-Fuelled Recipes
978-0-7352-3797-1
Delicious, fat-fuelled, recipes that will help keep you feeling satiated and energized all day long.
$26.00 US
Dec 29, 2020
7-7/16 x 10
Hardcover
304 Pages
Penguin Canada
Age

Men's Health Plant-Based Eating
(The Diet That Can Include Meat)
978-1-950785-21-6
A definitive guide to a plant-based diet, with 100+ easy and satisfying recipes packed with all the nutrition and energy to fuel great workouts and even lose weight.
$25.00 US
Dec 29, 2020
7-3/8 x 9-1/4
Paperback
224 Pages
Hearst Home
Age

Do One Thing Every Morning to Make Your Day
A Journal
978-0-593-13746-8
365 quotes and prompts to help you put your best foot forward at the start of every single day--part of the bestselling Do One Thing Every Day journal series.
$12.95 US
Dec 01, 2020
4-1/2 x 5-3/4
Stationery & Accessories
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Read This for Inspiration
Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life
978-0-593-13533-4
From former BuzzFeed personality Ashly Perez comes a funny, honest, and unabashedly feminist book of inspiration and wisdom to help you plant some roots, live in the process, and accept you for you.
$19.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
256 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival
978-0-593-12969-2
An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice for hikers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts, from the host of the television series and podcast MeatEater
$25.00 US
Dec 01, 2020
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Paperback
464 Pages
Random House
Age

Badass Habits
Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick
978-1-9848-7743-7
New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero gets to the core of transformation: habits--breaking, making, understanding, and sticking with them like you've never stuck before.
$26.00 US
Dec 01, 2020
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
256 Pages
Penguin Life
Age

Planetology
How to Align with the Natural Rhythms of the Universe
978-1-78678-412-4
This is the first mainstream book to look at the whole range of astrological rhythms, including the planetary retrogrades and eclipses as well as the monthly moon cycle, in order to achieve success and a more contented and naturally flowing life.
$19.95 US
Dec 08, 2020
Hardcover
288 Pages
Watkins Publishing
Age

Happy Habits
50 Science-Backed Rituals to Adopt (or Stop) to Boost Health and Happiness
978-1-9848-5822-1
50 habits to start (or stop!) right now in order to be happier, healthier, less stressed, and more productive--from the best-selling author and happiness expert behind Think Happy.
$14.99 US
Dec 15, 2020
6 x 7
Hardcover
128 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

Getting It
A Guide to Hot, Healthy Hookups and Shame-Free Sex
978-1-9848-5715-6
An empowering guide to casual sex and hooking up from sex educator and Girl Sex 101 author Allison Moon.
$18.00 US
Dec 29, 2020
6 x 9
Paperback
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press
Age

The Knot Honeymoon Journal
Prompts, Checklists, and Tips for Planning and Treasuring Your Dream Trip
978-0-593-13951-6
Enjoy your honeymoon and treasure the memories for years to come with the prompts, checklists, and tips featured in this guided journal from The Knot, the #1 wedding brand in the world.
$18.99 US
Dec 29, 2020
6 x 8
Stationery & Accessories
112 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

The Knot Together
Questions and Prompts for Our First Year of Marriage: A Journal
978-0-593-13952-3
Deepen your bond, savor every adventure, and face the challenges of your first shared year with this guided journal from The Knot, the #1 wedding brand in the world.
$16.99 US
Dec 29, 2020
5-1/2 x 7
Stationery & Accessories
368 Pages
Clarkson Potter
Age

Ice! Poems About Polar Life
978-0-8234-4101-3
Funny poems paired with intriguing facts introduce young readers to the fascinating creatures that live in Earth's polar regions. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
$17.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
10 x 10
Hardcover
48 Pages
Holiday House
Age 7-10 years
Grades 2-5

Little Red Hoodie
978-0-8234-4621-6
It's not the big bad wolf that stops Little Red Hoodie from getting to grandma's house in this rollicking take on the fairy tale--Red can't follow directions!
$16.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
160 Pages
Holiday House
Age 7-10 years
Grades 2-5

The History of the World in Comics
978-0-8234-4578-3
Never has natural history been so fun! Scientific accuracy and humor combine to tell the entire history of Earth in a comic book format.
$22.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
7-3/4 x 10-1/2
Hardcover
80 Pages
Holiday House
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up

Sit with Me
Meditation for Kids in Seven Easy Steps
978-1-61180-747-9
You can squat like a frog or lounge like a cat--but if you want to sit like a buddha, there are seven key steps for taking your seat.
$17.95 US
Dec 01, 2020
8 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Bala Kids
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

D is for Dragon Dance
978-0-8234-4746-6
From dazzling dragon dances to scrumptious steamed dumplings, celebrate the Chinese New Year with this bilingual alphabet book in English and Mandarin Chinese.
$8.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
8-1/2 x 11
Paperback
32 Pages
Holiday House
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Jonny Lambert's On the Farm
978-1-4654-9992-9
Adorable farm animals are having fun and busy farmers are working hard through the seasons in this gorgeous lift-the-flap book for babies and toddlers.Beautifully illustrated by Jonny Lambert, and with simple text to read aloud, this is a perfect first picture book to share with little ones.Preschoolers will love joining in with the animal sounds, and lifting the flaps to discover what happens in a farm year - cows emerging from a barn after winter, lambs playing in spring, a tractor stacking hay bales in summer, and so much more! On the final pages, word labels name all the farm things, building children's vocabulary.
$12.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Board Book
24 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Farm Animals
978-1-5362-1462-8
Calling little fans of farm animals—and design-loving parents! An oversize graphic showpiece has now been adapted as an accessible board book.A fluffy sheep. A proud rooster. A slithery snake. There are so many farm animals to adore! Adapted from designer Ingela P. Arrhenius’s gigantic showcase picture book Animals—but focusing only on its farm creatures—this bucolic board book presents stylized animals in a smaller, child-friendly format. Each retro illustration is accompanied by the creature’s name in an eye-catching treatment, making for a book that is sure to delight young ones nearly as much as a trip to a petting zoo.
$7.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
6 x 8-3/16
Board Book
16 Pages
Candlewick Studio
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Maisy's Chinese New Year
A Maisy First Experiences Book
978-1-5362-1564-9
Join Maisy and friends in a joyful celebration of Chinese New Year.Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and Maisy’s friend Tiger is coming home for the occasion. Hooray! Tiger has brought some beautiful gifts, some with a special symbol that means good luck. Maisy has asked all her friends to her house to celebrate with a delicious feast, and Penguin and Ostrich are handing out lucky red packets with money inside. Now it’s time for Tiger to tell the story of Chinese New Year, while everyone stays up late for fireworks. But the best is to come on New Year’s Day, when Maisy and all her friends take part in a dragon dance! Vivid with red and gold, this First Experiences book—featuring a simple visual glossary of common Chinese New Year’s objects—will be a favorite of little ones new to the tradition as well as those for whom it’s a beloved event.
$12.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
9-1/16 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

How Big Is Love?
978-1-5362-1544-1
“Before you came I did not know just how big love can be. Love’s wider than the ocean, it’s deeper than the sea.” Does love have a size? A family of ducks celebrates the boundless affection between them in Emma Dodd’s gentle rhyming ode to unconditional love.
$14.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
7-7/8 x 7-7/8
Hardcover
24 Pages
Templar
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Mastering Mindful Eating
Transform Your Relationship with Food, Plus 30 Recipes to Engage the Senses
978-1-63217-294-5
A nutritionist explains how to practice mindful eating for improved health, calm, and reaching your healthiest weight. Forget counting calories, strict portion control, and restrictive diet plans. Say goodbye to yo-yo dieting forever.
$22.95 US
Dec 01, 2020
6-3/4 x 8
Paperback
208 Pages
Sasquatch Books
Age

Healthy, Quick & Easy Baby Food
100 Naturally Wholesome, No-Fuss Purees, Finger Foods and Toddler Meals
978-1-4654-9340-8
Nourish your baby at every stage!
$16.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
7-11/16 x 9-3/16
Paperback
176 Pages
Alpha
Age

Crystal Clear
Reflections on Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life
978-1-68369-203-4
From the co-author of Basic Witches, Crystal Clear explores and demystifies the history, properties, and modern self-care appeal of crystals through voice-driven personal essays by one of the internet's most beloved culture writers.
$16.99 US
Dec 29, 2020
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
224 Pages
Quirk Books
Age

Trailblazers: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fighting for Civil Rights
978-0-593-12455-0
Bring history home and meet some of the world's greatest game changers! Get inspired by the true story of the civil rights leader whose peaceful fight for justice still motivates people today. This biography series is for kids who loved Who Was? and are ready for the next level.
$7.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
5-3/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
192 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

What Is the Civil Rights Movement?
978-1-5247-9230-5
Relive the moments when African Americans fought for equal rights, and made history.
$5.99 US
Dec 29, 2020
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
112 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins
978-0-593-12590-8
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Max takes on knight school in the hilarious sequel to the bestselling illustrated novel Max and the Midknights, from the author of the Big Nate series!
$13.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
6 x 9
Hardcover
272 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg?: A Who Was? Board Book
978-0-593-22274-4
Introducing the latest addition to the Who HQ program: board book biographies of relevant and important figures, created specifically for the preschool audience!
$7.99 US
Dec 08, 2020
7 x 7
Board Book
24 Pages
Rise x Penguin Workshop
Age 2-4 years
Up to Preschool