Mad About Mushrooms

By Kat La Mantia | July 18 2023 | GiftAdultsChildren'sBlogGeneralAll

There are few dreams more enticing than the fantasy of disappearing off the grid, living like a cryptid in a cozy cabin deep in the forest, and spending days foraging for mushrooms. Strange and beautiful, delicious and deadly, mundane and mystical, mushrooms capture our imagination and charm naturalists and artists alike. With common species names like Hotlips Disco, Silky Piggyback, and Angel of Death, the world of mushrooms is vast. Rounded puffballs release their spores at the slightest touch. Bracket fungi make shelf-like patterns up tree trunks, creating staircases for forest gnomes and elusive fae. The classic red umbrella of the Amanita brings bright color to the forest floor, and Veiled Lady mushrooms amaze with their delicate, white lace-like netting.

Whether you want to add mushrooms into your regular recipe rotation for a great meat-free alternative, harness the medicinal properties of fungi, or admire their natural beauty and the art they inspire, there’s a book on our list for every shroom enthusiast. Check out our favorite mushroom-themed posters, cards, stickers and more below!

Explore More Fabulous Fungi Titles

Fungarium Poster Book
978-1-5362-3251-6
Bold and beautifully illustrated, these stunning posters from Fungarium are perfect for decorating your walls.This large-format poster book lets you decorate your walls with twenty-eight pull-out posters of gorgeous images of fungi. This is a stunning celebration of all things mycological.
$20.00 US
Jul 18, 2023
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
Paperback
56 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

The Deck of Mushrooms
An illustrated field guide to fascinating fungi
978-1-922754-33-2
From those you can forage to the bizarre, this deck is an introduction to fifty of the hidden kingdom’s most interesting mushrooms.
$24.95 US
Apr 04, 2023
3-3/4 x 5-1/3
Other Formats
51 Pages
Smith Street Gift

The Forests, Fairies and Fungi Sticker Anthology
With More Than 1,000 Vintage Stickers
DK
978-0-7440-6950-1
$27.99 US
Mar 28, 2023
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
Hardcover
232 Pages
DK

Goblin Mode
How to Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck
978-1-68369-353-6
Embrace your inner goblin! Learn to decorate, dress, craft, forage, and live according to the goblin principles of community, diversity, and joyful mess.
$17.99 US
Jun 27, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
208 Pages
Quirk Books

New York Botanical Garden Mushroom Identification Flashcards
100 Common Mushrooms of North America
978-0-593-57856-8
A compact, colorful, and informative deck of 103 flashcards for newly minted mushroom lovers, featuring illustrations from the renowned archives of the New York Botanical Garden and text from the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
$20.00 US
Sep 26, 2023
4 x 5-1/2
Cards
103 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Healing Mushrooms
A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health
978-0-7352-1602-0
The one and only resource on using adaptogenic mushrooms to boost immunity and promote whole body health the natural way.
$18.00 US
Oct 10, 2017
6 x 9
Paperback
224 Pages
Avery

Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
978-0-525-51031-4
A mind-bending journey into the hidden world of fungi that will change your understanding of life on earth"One of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you, Entangled Life is a mercurial, revelatory, impassioned, urgent, astounding, and necessary read. It's fearless in scope, analytically astute, and brimming with infectious joy."--HELEN MACDONALD, AUTHOR OF H IS FOR HAWK
$28.00 US
May 12, 2020
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
368 Pages
Random House

National Audubon Society Mushrooms of North America
978-0-593-31998-7
A must-have reference for any nature lover: The most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the mushrooms of North America, updated for the first time in decades to reflect the impact of climate change and the advancements in DNA sequencing that have radically altered the classification process.
$39.95 US
Apr 11, 2023
7 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
720 Pages
Knopf

The Rebel's Apothecary
A Practical Guide to the Healing Magic of Cannabis, CBD, and Mushrooms
978-0-593-08657-5
Learn how to improve your health and wellness with the healing magic of cannabis, CBD and medicinal mushrooms.
$21.00 US
May 19, 2020
6 x 8
Paperback
384 Pages
TarcherPerigee

Mycophilia
Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
978-1-60961-987-9
An incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possibly cancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on the planet. Yet when it comes to fungi, culinary uses are only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout history fungus has been prized for its diverse properties—medicinal, ecological, even recreational—and has spawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating the unique role it plays on earth. In Mycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century.Engrossing, surprising, and packed with up-to-date science and cultural exploration, Mycophilia is part narrative and part primer for foodies, science buffs, environmental advocates, and anyone interested in learning a lot about one of the least understood and most curious organisms in nature.
$16.99 US
Feb 26, 2013
6 x 9
Paperback
368 Pages
Rodale Books

The Hidden World of Gnomes
978-0-7352-7104-3
A delightful introduction and collection of facts about the secret lives of gnomes that will charm and fascinate readers of all ages.
$19.99 US
Jun 20, 2023
7 x 10
Hardcover
96 Pages
Tundra Books
Age 3-7 years

Humongous Fungus
DK
978-0-7440-3333-5
Inhabiting a whole kingdom of their own, fungi can be found in every ecosystem.
$16.99 US
Aug 17, 2021
9 x 11
Hardcover
64 Pages
DK Children
Age 7-9 years

Mushrooms & Woodland Creatures: How to Draw Books for Kids with Woodland Creatures, Bugs, Plants, and Fungi
978-1-958803-72-1
Fun 5-minute drawing lessons for kids—great for young artists, birthday gifts, homeschool art lessons, and elementary art classes!
$14.95 US
Dec 19, 2023
9 x 9
Paperback
80 Pages
Paige Tate & Co
Age 7 and up

Mushroom Lullaby
978-1-5362-1941-8
From the creator of Wild Honey from the Moon comes a fanciful lullaby as cozy and unique as a mushroom home. Here is your mushroom at the end of the day. The sun stretches out and sets far away. In gentle rhyme, this spare and whimsical picture book from the one-of-a-kind imagination of Kenneth Kraegel introduces little readers to all sorts of wonderful mushrooms: ones that grow up high and ones that never stay dry, ones that grow in a park and ones that glow in the dark, and even one made just for them! Who can resist climbing up the soft mushroom stair, curling up in a plush mushroom chair, and preparing to dream sweet mushroom dreams? The lulling narration and warm illustrations of this charmingly quirky book will have drowsy young ones settling into their own comfy beds, ready to drift off to sleep.
$17.99 US
Oct 11, 2022
11-5/16 x 9-3/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
Candlewick
Age 2-5 years

Fungarium
Welcome to the Museum
978-1-5362-1709-4
Attention all mushroom lovers! Step into the world of fungi and learn all about these strange and fascinating life-forms.Illustrator Katie Scott returns to the Welcome to the Museum series with exquisite, detailed images of some of the most fascinating living organisms on this planet—fungi. Exploring every sort of fungi, from the kinds we see on supermarket shelves to those like penicillium that have shaped human history, this collection is the definitive introduction to what fungi are and just how vital they are to the world's ecosystem.
$37.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
Hardcover
80 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

The Littlest Family's Big Day
978-0-525-57867-3
Discover another sweet and simple classic from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin! Join the little forest family as they explore their neighborhood for the very first time--now in a board book edition with fold out pages!
$8.99 US
May 22, 2018
6-1/8 x 8-1/4
Board Book
38 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
978-0-14-751587-2
A brand new completely illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with artwork from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this beloved classic tale.
$30.00 US
Oct 27, 2015
7-1/2 x 9-5/8
Hardcover
192 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up

Where is Everyone?
978-3-7913-7450-5
Discover how this celebrated illustrator turns everyday objects inside out in marvelously zany ways in his latest lift-the-flap board book.
$14.95 US
Sep 21, 2021
8-3/4 x 8-3/4
Board Book
14 Pages
Prestel Junior
Age 2-5 years

I Am a Bunny/Soy Un conejito
978-0-399-55290-8
This Richard Scarry classic is now available in a bilingual board-book edition--featuring both Spanish and English!
$7.99 US
Jan 14, 2020
5-1/8 x 9-1/2
Board Book
26 Pages
Golden Books
Age 0-3 years