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From the people who know books... your local independent bookseller

Welcome to Your Local Independent Bookstore! In his book American Gods, Neil Gaiman writes, “A town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” Frankly, Mr. Gaiman, we agree. We believe bookstores are one of the best ways to interact with the world around you. Independent bookstores put a town on the map by inviting you to celebrate your community and discover new experiences. The well-stocked shelves of a bookstore are a destination, and each purchase is a new journey. That’s the magic of a bookstore. It celebrates where it is, yet will take you anywhere you want to go. This holiday, talk to the booksellers at your local independent bookstore. Shop this catalog and ask them to help you select the perfect book for everyone on your gift list. It’s their unique pleasure to welcome your questions and help you find the journey you never knew you needed. May you find peace and love this holiday season through the magic of books.

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The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association is your connection to the best locally owned and operated independent bookstores throughout the Midwest. Visit our website for a map of Midwest bookstores and browse a collection of the fantastic regional books included in our Midwest Connections program.

Adult Nonfiction

Adult Fiction

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Dear Committee Members Julie Schumacher | Doubleday Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edited by Pamela Smith Hill | South Dakota State Historical Society

$22.95 | 9780385538138

$39.95 | 9780984504176


Splitting an Order Ted Kooser | Copper Canyon Press $23.00 | 9781556594694

Children’s Literature The Scavengers

Michael Perry | HarperCollins $16.99 | 9780062026163

Children’s Picture Book

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Joyce Sidman | HMH Books for Young Readers Illustrated by Rick Allen $17.99 | 9780547906508

Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the Seasons

Rick March & Dick Blau | Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Kathleen Ernst, Photographs by Loyd Heath | Wisconsin Historical Society Press

$29.95 | 9780870207228

Polka Heartland captures the beat of Midwestern culture— the polka—and offers up the fascinating history of how “oompah-pah” came to be the sound of middle America.

Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life

$29.95 | 9780870207143

A Settler’s Year paints seasonal portraits of Midwestern pioneers with evocative Old World Wisconsin photographs and poignant essays by topselling author Kathleen Ernst.

Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury

Sue Leaf | University of Minnesota Press

Larry Millett | University of Minnesota Press

$16.95 | 9780816698547

$49.95 | 9780816683291

Part travelogue, part natural and cultural history, Portage is the fascinating memoir of birder and biologist Sue Leaf’s thirty-five-year venture into the waterways of North America with her family.

The Twin Cities and other Minnesota communities are nothing short of a living museum of mid-century modernism. Renowned Minnesota architecture critic and historian Larry Millett conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated tour of this rich and varied landscape.


Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century Matthew Prigge | Wisconsin Historical Society Press $19.95 | 9780870207167

From murder to matchstick men and Great Lakes disasters, Milwaukee Mayhem tells the strange, engaging, and chilling tales from the early and often forgotten times in this metropolis’ history.

Growing the Midwest Garden Edward Lyon | Timber Press $24.95 | 9781604694666

Create a marvelous Midwest garden with advice from regional expert Edward Lyon. This lushly photographed guide is filled with tips, techniques, and plants specifically suited to gardening in the Heartland.

The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland Amy Klobuchar | Henry Holt & Co. $30.00 | 9781627794176

With honesty and humor, The Senator Next Door tells the story of how Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar—once just a suburban girl from the heartland—decided to enter the political fray and make a difference, proving that politics is still the art of the possible.

Cabin Lessons: A Nail-byNail Tale: Building Our Dream Cottage from 2x4’s, Blisters, and Love Spike Carlsen | Storey Publishing $14.95 | 9781612125671

Carpenter Spike Carlsen, his wife, and their recently blended family set out to build a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior. Cabin Lessons tells the funny, wry, and heartwarming story of their eventful journey.

Betty’s Pies Favorite Recipes

North Woods Girl

Betty Lessard | Lake Superior Port Cities

Aimée Bissonette, Illustrated by Claudia McGehee | Minnesota Historical Society Press

$18.95 | 9781938229183

The pie that made the late Betty Lessard (the “pie lady”) a legend is still the star in this new edition of her bestselling cookbook that includes additional recipes chosen by Betty herself.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Amy E. Reichert | Gallery Books $16.00 | 9781501100710

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game Bob Gibson & Lonnie Wheeler | Flatiron Books

$16.95 | 9780873519663

$26.99 | 9781250061041

An admiring granddaughter hikes in all seasons with her grandma, a quintessential north woods girl. Together they appreciate the treasures of nature and quiet observation, brought to life by colorful scratchboard artistry.

Experience game one of the 1968 World Series when Bob Gibson took the mound with the St. Louis Cardinals against the Detroit Tigers and struck out a record seventeen batters. This iconic game comes to life as Gibson gives a behind-thescenes look at the game, his relationships with teammates, coaches, and opponents, and their lives on and off the field.


The Gilded Hour Sara Donati | Berkley Books $26.95 | 9780425271810

The internationally bestselling author of Into the Wilderness returns with a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love.

The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto Mitch Albom | HarperCollins $25.99 | 9780062294418

The #1 New York Times bestselling author creates his most unforgettable fictional character, Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives.

Come Rain or Come Shine Jan Karon | Putnam $27.95 | 9780399167454

New York Times bestselling Mitford author Jan Karon returns with the story readers have been waiting for, but remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?

The Story of My Teeth

Twain’s End

Pretty Baby

Valeria Luiselli | Coffee House Press

Lynn Cullen | Gallery Books

Mary Kubica | Mira Books

$26.00 | 9781476758961

$24.95 | 9780778317708

$16.95 | 9781566894098

From the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of Mrs. Poe comes a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America’s most iconic writer: Mark Twain.

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman, but a single act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated in the latest propulsive psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl.

“Wonderful and strange, The Story of My Teeth transgresses against straightforward storytelling to make something so fresh and new it defies easy description. It dazzles on every page.” –Jeremy Ellis, Brazos Bookstore


Christmas Bells


Jennifer Chiaverini | Dutton

Sue Grafton | Marian Wood Books

$25.95 | 9780525955245

Inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas past and present with a resonant and heartfelt novel reminding us to hear the season’s glad tidings even as we are tested by strife.

$28.95 | 9780399163845

In Sue Grafton’s darkest and most chilling novel yet, Kinsey Millhone must prove her case against a remorseless serial killer before she becomes his next victim.

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories Bonnie Jo Campbell | W. W. Norton & Co. $25.95 | 9780393248456

From National Book Award finalist and Midwestern favorite comes a dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. Through fearless and darkly funny tales, Campbell captures the hearts and minds of her readers.



Tim Johnston | Algonquin Books

Lily King | Grove Press

Coming of Age at the End of Days

$16.00 | 9780802123701

Alice LaPlante | Grove Press

Euphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an exhilarating novel.

$25.00 | 9780802121653

$15.95 | 9781616204778

The Courtland family unravels as their daughter never returns from a hike in the majestic, yet terrifying, Rocky Mountains. “Read this astonishing novel.” —The Washington Post

New York Times bestselling author LaPlante delivers an effecting foray into the lightand-dark battle of faith through the barbed psyche of a teenager whose misguided convictions bear irrevocable consequences.


Death at Gills Rock: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Patricia Skalka | University of Wisconsin Press $26.95 | 9780299304508

After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak’s newest challenge arrives as spring brings tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock.

Faith Sullivan | Milkweed Editions

Alex Brunkhorst | Mira Books

$26.00 | 9781571311115

$26.99 | 9780778317531

Behind the gilded gates of Hollywood’s elite, journalist Thomas Cleary meets the beautiful Matilda Duplaine— an enigmatic young woman who has never left the lush estate where she was raised. Their secret love affair sparks a mesmerizing tale of privilege and power, family secrets, and forbidden love.

Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

When Nell Stillman’s husband dies soon after they move to Harvester, Minnesota, she is alone, penniless, and responsible for her newborn son. Filled with a lifetime of friendships and beloved novels, Nell’s story becomes a celebration of the resourcefulness of independent women, the importance of community, and the transformative power of reading.

Shadows of Self

The Secret Sister

A Winsome Murder

Brandon Sanderson | Tor

Brenda Novak | Mira Books

$27.99 | 9780765378552

$14.95 | 9780778317807

James DeVita | University of Wisconsin Press

The massively popular world of Mistborn reaches a new frontier in the latest from New York Times bestselling Brandon Sanderson and in The Bands of Mourning coming 2016.


The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

$26.95 | 9780299304409

When Maisey Lazarow returns A serial killer brings bloody home after a painful divorce, murder to the pastoral Wisconsin she discovers not all is as she town of Winsome Bay, requiring remembers. Did she once have a the expertise of detective sister? Has her mother lied all these James Mangan, a hard-bitten years? New York Times bestselling Chicago cop with an unexpected author Brenda Novak dazzles knowledge of Shakespeare. with a powerful story of haunting memories and family secrets.

Golden Age

Early Warning

Some Luck

Jane Smiley | Knopf

Jane Smiley | Knopf

Jane Smiley | Anchor Books

$26.95 | 9780307700346

$26.95 | 9780307700322

$15.95 | 9780307744807

Jane Smiley’s best-selling American trilogy—which began with Some Luck and continued with Early Warning —now concludes with the much-anticipated Golden Age, bringing the beloved Langdon family into our present times and beyond. The crowning literary achievement from a master American storyteller and the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres.

The Magician’s Lie

House of Thieves

The Bollywood Bride

Greer Macallister | Sourcebooks

Charles Belfoure | Sourcebooks

Sonali Dev | Kensington Publishing

$14.99 | 9781492628996

$25.99 | 9781492617891

$15.00 | 9781617730153

The country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder—and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence. A spell-binding work of historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance.

Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, House of Thieves takes readers on a breathless journey from the wealthy halls of high society to the sewers of the criminal underworld.

Rich in cultural detail and complex emotions, Sonali Dev’s second novel explores the Indian-American experience in a warm, sexy, and witty story of love and family. “A bright, beautiful gem.” – Kirkus


The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter’s Memoir

Home Is Burning: A Memoir Dan Marshall | Flatiron Books

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Catherine Madison | University of Minnesota Press

$27.99 | 9781250068828

Jenny Lawson | Flatiron Books

$24.95 | 9780816698776

In a memoir at once harrowing and poignant, Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him.

More than just a memoir about moving home to become the caretaker of sick parents, this is a profane, ruthlessly honest, and hilarious story about the family ties that bind us together.

$26.99 | 9781250077004

From blogger and social media powerhouse Jenny Lawson (the Bloggess), a humorous memoir tinged with tragedy and pathos. Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life in the fullest.

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender



Drew Barrymore | Dutton Books

Sophia Amoruso | Portfolio

Chrissie Hynde | Doubleday Books

$28.00 | 9781101983799

$16.00 | 9781591847939

Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she’s achieved today.

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about how popular you were in high school or where (or if) you went to college. Success is about trusting your gut, knowing which rules to follow, and which to break.

$26.95 | 9780385540612

From Chrissie Hynde, one of rock’s most iconic, alluring, and kick-ass women, a brilliant, noholds barred memoir of a rock life lived to the hilt.


After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest – One Survivor’s Story Lou Kasischke | Good Hart Publishing $14.00 | 9781940877037

Near the top of Mount Everest in 1996, eight climbers died in the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history. Lou Kasischke was there. After the Wind tells the harrowing story of what went wrong as it has never been told before.

The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that Changed the Nation Joe Urschel | Minotaur Books $26.99 | 9781250020796

The Year of Fear is a thrilling true story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this now legendary kidnapping case to launch the FBI, turning Machine Gun Kelly and J. Edgar Hoover into legends.

Gordie Howe | Berkley Books

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

$17.00 | 9780425279649

Sonia Purnell | Viking

Mr. Hockey: My Story

The New York Times bestselling memoir from NHL legend Gordie Howe, the greatest hockey player of all time—now in paperback. Includes photographs!

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger | Sentinel $27.95 | 9781591848066

Only weeks after Jefferson’s inauguration in 1801, he confronted Tripoli pirates who had been kidnapping American ships and sailors. This book tells a dramatic story of bravery and battle on the high seas while honoring some of America’s forgotten heroes.

$30.00 | 9780525429777

Churchill often said victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible” without his wife, Clementine. British political reporter and biographer of Boris Johnson delivers the first real biography of this extraordinary woman.

S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome Mary Beard | W. W. Norton & Co. $35.00 | 9780871404237

One of the world’s foremost classicists presents a revolutionary history of the Roman Empire. Beard separates fact from fiction as she portrays the familiar characters of Caesar, Cicero, and Nero alongside the untold characters of the age, promising to shape our view of history for decades to come.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! Ree Drummond | William Morrow Cookbooks $29.99 | 9780062225245

The bestselling author and Food Network personality at last answers that age-old question— “what’s for dinner?”—bringing together more than 135 recipes for delicious dinners the whole family will love every night of the week.

The Norske Nook Book of Pies and Other Recipes

The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from Jerry Berchard and Cindee Borton- America’s Dairy Farm Families Parker | University of Wisconsin Press

Lisa Kingsley | Andrews McMeel Publishing

$29.95 | 9780299304300

$25.00 | 9781449465032

The Norske Nook attracts foodies, celebrities, and tourists from around the world to sample its glorious pies. This beautifully photographed cookbook features more than seventy pies, plus Scandinavian specialties, cheesecakes, tortes, cookies, and muffins.

The Dairy Good Cookbook is a celebration of thousands of dairy farm families and their contributions to American life. More than 100 recipes showcase the taste of dairy in many forms, from sunrise to sundown and for holidays and family get-togethers.

The Nordic Cookbook

Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food

Magnus Nilsson | Phaidon Press

In Winter’s Kitchen

Nigella Lawson | Flatiron Books

Beth Dooley | Milkweed Editions

$35.00 | 9781250073754

$25.00 | 9781571313416

From quick workday dinners to stress-free ideas for feeding a crowd, Nigella’s new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become favorities, showing us how to deliver satisfying, pleasurable food, whatever the occasion.

Revealing how a food movement with deep roots in the Heartland is thriving now more than ever, Dooley explores the rich lives and stories behind one Thanksgiving meal. With recipes to prove it, she finds that a locally sourced diet is not only crucial for our future—it can also be delicious.

$49.95 | 9780714868721

The newest addition to Phaidon’s acclaimed culinary bible series, this book is the definitive guide to Nordic home cooking from internationally renowned chef Magnus Nilsson, featuring over 700 simple and authentic recipes accompanied by Nilsson’s own evocative photographs.


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science J. Kenji López-Alt | W. W. Norton & Co.

A Visual Guide To Drink: An Infographic Exploration of Beer, Wine, & Spirits

$49.95 | 9780393081084

Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan | Avery

A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes such as prime rib roast, Caesar salad, and buttermilk biscuits. Contains 100s of recipes with over 1,000 full-color images illustrating step-by-step instructions.

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own Alice Waters with Fanny Singer | Pam Krauss Books $24.99 | 9780804185288

This sweet collection of essays and recipes from natural foods powerhouse Alice Waters features charming illustrations by her daughter, Fanny, and simple buildingblock ingredients for creating impromptu meals all year long.

$30.00 | 9781592409303

A Visual Guide to Drink is a comprehensive, graphic guide to beer, wine, and spirits, charting not only spirit varieties and drinking vessels, but also the history, geography, and culture of the world’s favorite pastime.

Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes Colby & Megan Garrelts | Andrews McMeel Publishing

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories

$21.99 | 9781449458140

Jocelyn Delk Adams | Agate Surrey

Married chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts, who co-own Kansas City restaurants Bluestem and Rye, add new twists to classic recipes in this beautiful collection of traditional American dishes. A wellexecuted collection that invites generations to reminisce around the kitchen table.

$22.95 | 9781572841734

Debut cookbook from Jocelyn Delk Adams, nationally adored food blogger and fresh new voice in home baking. Offers 50 vintage cakes with modern twists, tracing the roots of her family’s recipes with charming anecdotes and delicious results.


Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age

The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs

Beloved Dog

Elias Weiss Friedman | Artisan

Maira Kalman | Penguin Press

Pete Thorne | Harper Design

$24.95 | 9781579656713

$29.95 | 9781594205941

$19.99 | 9780062413451

The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention.

In Beloved Dogs, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. Joyful, beautifully illustrated, and deeply philosophical about the unconditional love of our dogs.

Old Faithful is a striking and heartrending collection of photographs and stories featuring dogs who are well worn, well loved, and well on in years.

A Dog Named Jimmy Wildlife of the World

Breeds: A Canine Compendium

Foreward by Don Wilson | DK Publishing

Fenella Smith, Brothers McLeod | Flatiron Books

$50.00 | 9781465438041

$16.99 | 9781250066336

From British siblings Greg, Myles, and Fenella comes a funny and charming guide to 150 dogs, each with its own beautiful illustration. From Afghan to Yorkie, Breeds will make dog owners smile.


Journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats of the world, from the Amazon rainforests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole, meeting the most amazing animals in each ecosystem along the way. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

Rafael Mantesso | Avery $19.95 | 9780525429623

100 new and classic images of popular Instagram celebrity Jimmy Choo the Bull Terrier. As heartwarming as it is hilarious, A Dog Named Jimmy will delight animal lovers everywhere.

Polar: A Photicular Book Dan Kainen with Carol Kaufmann | Workman Publishing $25.95 | 9780761185697 Ocean | 9780761180517 Safari | 9780761163800

Take a stunning journey to the ends of the earth through the colorful, fluid motion of Photicular® technology. A phenomenon first seen in the bestsellers Safari and Ocean, Photicular® technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book. It’s like a movie in your hand.

National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary Foreward by Stephen Alvarez | National Geographic $40.00 | 9781426215612

This dazzling book of visual wonders reveals the world’s most astounding phenomena— from volcanic lightning to animals that are the last of their species—all seldom seen by human eyes.

Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness

Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World

Mark Twain, Edited by Mark Dawidziak | Prospect Park Books

Gordon Grice | Workman Publishing

$16.95 | 9781938849459

Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector.

Often politically incorrect and always unapologetically honest, Twain’s sage advice for the ages will leave you laughing—and might even inspire you to rethink that plan to give up gluten and join a gym. This illustrated gift-worthy book is curated by a Twain expert who performs as the great writer throughout the Midwest.

$24.95 | 9780761169277


Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica Cathy de Moll | Minnesota Historical Society Press $24.95 | 9780873519885

What does it take to move forty dogs, three sleds, twenty tons of food and gear, and six men from all over the world across nearly 4,000 of the coldest miles on earth? Think South introduces the wild cast of characters who made it happen.

H Is for Hawk Helen Macdonald | Grove Press $26.00 | 9780802123411

Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast. Madness, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

Star Wars™: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Adam Bray, Kerrie Dougherty, Cole Horton, & Michael Kogge | DK Publishing $19.99 | 9781465437853

Explore the world of Star Wars™ through lively lists, facts, and questions and answers shared through a highly engaging infographic design. This guide will introduce fans to Star Wars™ facts they never knew and excite readers of all ages.

Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills Dave Hall with John Ulrich | Comstock Publishing Associates $16.95 | 9780801479953

Learn winter camping techniques from a renowned survivalist. Through detailed explanations, illustrations, and personal anecdotes, you’ll learn how to meet your most basic needs: making fire, creating shelter, obtaining safe drinking water, navigating terrain, and procuring sustenance.

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Letters to Santa Claus The Elves | Indiana University Press $20.00 | 9780253017932

For years, children and adults have stuffed their dreams into envelopes and delivered them to Santa Claus, a town in Indiana. More than 250 letters and envelopes as far back as 1930 remind us of a time when the man with a white beard and red suit promised our wishes might come true.

HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection $35.00 | 9780062427250

Features twelve of the best picture books ever published, from Goodnight Moon (1947) and Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985), as well as commentary, bios, and more!

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home Ellen Stimson | W.W. Norton & Co. $24.95 | 9781581573282

Celebrated memoirist and storyteller Ellen Stimson shares recipes that have been in her family for generations, mixes up cocktails, and shares her beautiful, handcrafted Vermont Christmas, inviting readers to make lasting holidays traditions of their own.

Happy! Pharrell Williams | G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers $19.99 | 9780399176432

Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy. All the exuberance of the song pulses through these vibrant photographs in this memorable book full of precious childhood moments.

Felicity: Poems Mary Oliver | Penguin Press $24.95 | 9781594206764

In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver turns her eye from the grace of the natural world to the even more mysterious landscape of the human heart, describing with joy the strangeness and wonder of human connection.

The World of Little House Carolyn Strom Collins & Christina Wyss Eriksson | HarperCollins $29.99 | 9780062430496

Readers of all ages have always been eager to learn more about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her pioneer life. Meticulously researched, lovingly written, and beautifully illustrated, The World of Little House is perfect for anyone who has ever read and loved the Little House books.


Thank You and Good Night Patrick McDonnell | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $15.99 | 9780316338011

Bestselling Caldecott Honor artist Patrick McDonnell captures the magic of classic bedtime stories in this sweet picture book. “The details charm.”— Kirkus (starred review)

Little Tree Loren Long | Philomel Books $17.99 | 9780399163975

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of the Otis series and The Little Engine That Could comes a timeless story about the fear of growing up. A heartwarming book you won’t forget, perfect to share among the generations.

Beyond the Pond

Max the Brave

Joseph Kuefler | Balzer + Bray

Ed Vere | Sourcebooks

$17.99 | 9780062364272

$16.99 | 9781492616511

Make amazing discoveries when you journey far outside the usual in this stunning picture book about the power of imagination from debut creator Joseph Kuefler. Your imagination will thank you.


Max is a fearless, brave kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem— Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself facing a much bigger challenge. Maybe Max doesn’t have to be brave all the time.

What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss | Random House Books for Young Readers $17.99 | 9780553524260

This never-ever-before-seen Dr. Seuss picture book is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! A perfect gift for young readers and Dr. Seuss collectors of all ages!

The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World Lonely Planet $19.99 | 9781743607749

This brand new edition of the bestselling kid’s Travel Book covers every country in the world, with thousands of amazing facts on wildlife, sports, food, festivals and a wide range of other quirky insights on every page.


Zen Socks

Kevin Henkes | Greenwillow

John J Muth | Scholastic Press

$17.99 | 9780062368430

$17.99 | 9780545166690

Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott medalist Kevin Henkes’s extraordinary career.

The wisdom of Zen in an exciting new book by Caldecott honoree Jon J Muth! Muth’s warm, compassionate stories and light-filled pictures are tinged with the wisdom of Zen. Whether young or old, we all learn from one another in the most surprising ways.

Your Alien Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Goro Fujita | Sterling Children’s Books $14.95 | 9781454911296

“Not since E.T. has extraterrestrial entertainment stood such a good chance of making kids (and their parents) tear up.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sun and Moon Lindsey Yankey | Simply Read Books $16.95 | 9781927018606

“Truly enchanting” – Booklist starred review. In this visually stunning picture book, Moon wants to switch places in the sky with Sun forever, but Sun says Moon must first take one last careful look at his night. Follow Moon’s journey of discovery through the darkness. Will he still want to trade?

One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-ThanEver Stories Rebeca Kai Dotlich, Illustrated by Fred Koehler | Boyds Mills Press $16.95 | 9781620914519

“One day, I went to school. I came home. The end,” says our storyteller—a girl with a busy imagination and a thirst for adventure, but the illustrations depict a deeper, true tale of calamity. The charming and uniquely original combination of text and art invites readers to make up stories of their own.

How Machines Work: Zoo Break! David Macaulay | DK Publishing $19.99 | 9781465440129

Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces his hilarious new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in this engaging book showcasing the technology behind six simple machines with interactive pop-ups, pullouts, and flaps.


Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart


Jane St. Anthony | University of Minnesota Press

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Knopf Books for Young Readers

$14.95 | 9780816697991

$18.99 | 9780553499117

In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house. And she had a father. This year, on Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother at least as sad as she is, and a loss that’s too hard to think or talk about. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.

A blockbuster novel about two teenagers caught up in a megacorporations war, told through a series of hacked documents, including emails, military files, IMs, and more.

The Boys in the Boat (Young Reader’s Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon | Declacorte Press $18.99 | 9780553496642

In this stunning debut, a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world falls in love with her new neighbor, and it challenges everything she’s ever known.


James Daniel Brown | Viking Books for Young Readers $17.99 | 9780451475923

The enormous bestseller about American Olympic triumph has been adapted for a middle grade audience, recounting what was already a kid-friendly story in an even more kid-friendly way. Now a New York Times bestseller!

The Blackthorn Key Kevin Sands | Simon & Schuster $17.99 | 9781481446518

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this suspenseful debut novel.

The Silenced James DeVita | Milkweed Editions $12.00 | 9781571319371

In a future dystopia run by the Zero Tolerance Party, Marena still remembers a time when difference was celebrated. With words as her weapons, she embarks on a campaign of lifeaffirming civil disobedience, demonstrating what is possible when one person is courageous enough to speak truth to power.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition J. K. Rowling | Arthur A. Levine $39.99 | 9780545790352

For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books are presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Award winning artist Jim Kay created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan.

The Marvels

The Toymaker’s Apprentice

Brian Selznick | Scholastic Press

Sherri L. Smith | Putnam Books for Young Readers

$32.99 | 9780545448680

Caldecott winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again takes readers on an awe-inspiring voyage! Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and featuring Selznick’s most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.

$16.99 | 9780399252952

Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith provides a gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling that travels through a world of toymaking, magical curses, clockmaking guilds, talking mice, and erudite squirrels that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.


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Pam Munoz Ryan | Scholastic Press

Pat Schmatz | Candlewick Press

Alex Gino | Scholastic Press

$19.99 | 9780439874021

$16.99 | 9780763676353

$16.99 | 9780545812542

Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, Echo pushes the boundaries of genre and form, showing us what is possible in how we tell stories. The result is an impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

In a futuristic society run by an all-powerful Gov, fifteenyear-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in the genderrigid culture. On the cusp of adulthood, she has choices to make that will change her life—and maybe the world.

When people look at George, they see a boy, but she knows she’s a girl. When her teacher announces their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web, George wants to play Charlotte, but the teacher says no. With the help of her best friend, George comes up with a plan, not just so she can be Charlotte--but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.





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