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The Best of the Independent Northwest 2011

Holiday Books

On The Cover Best of the Northwest Wrap It Up Food and Wine Art and Design The Lighter Side Give It Some Thought Just The Facts Fiction Middle Reader, Young Adult Kids University of Alaska Press

On the Cover Wildwood Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis The first book in the middle-grade fantasy-adventure series from the imaginations of Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, award-winning artist, is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic. With 85 illustrations and maps, Wildwood is truly a new classic for the 21st century. $17.99  Balzer & Bray

New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today Lorraine McConaghy Travel back in time through the history of Washington State, as it has never been seen before. Historian Lorraine McConaghy has traversed the state and sifted through the files of three dozen archives to cull the 400+ documents—from Lincoln’s letter to the territorial Governor to Hanford documents to Nirvana concert posters— that bring to life Washington’s last 150 years. $40.00  Sasquatch Books

Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees Nancy Ross Hugo photography by Robert Llewellyn Have you ever really seen a tree? Do you notice the intimate details? Author Nancy Ross Hugo teaches us a whole new way of looking at trees. Her inspiring text is accompanied by breathtaking photographs created using cutting edge methods by photographer Robert Llewellyn. A gorgeous gift for anyone. $29.95  Timber Press

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Best of the Northwest Historical Atlas of Washington and Oregon Derek Hayes This gorgeous atlas, a valuable reference and an exhilarating adventure through history containing more than 500 colorful images and maps, provides a visually rich and textually engaging history of Oregon and Washington. $39.95  University of California Press

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School Kathleen Flinn The gifted Cordon Bleu Cooking School graduate and Seattle chef teaches nine nervous novices strategies on how to cook with style and a smile. $26.95  Viking

Ed King: A Novel David Guterson A sizzling, propulsive new novel—his most daring yet—by the author of Snow Falling on Cedars. A sweeping story of destiny, desire and destruction. $26.95  Knopf

Salmon Patties & Rosehip Pie Cookbook: Art, Food, and the Coastal Life in Halibut Cove, Alaska Marian T. Beck A beautiful gift book filled with 60 simple and delicious recipes. Eye-popping illustrations and stories about a unique waterfront lifestyle from the local chef, artist and ferryboat operator. $24.95  Saltry Press

Winner of two Golds at the 2011 PubWest Book Design Awards!

Cache: Creating Natural Economies Spencer B. Beebe, photography by Sam Beebe A compelling business book with more than the bottom line in mind, Cache provides fresh thinking for the environmental movement. In Tom Brokaw’s words, an “evocative and inspirational book.” $19.95  ECOTRUST Books


Best of the Northwest Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems Tess Gallagher Midnight Lantern features Tess Gallagher’s signature nocturnes—for the changing Pacific Northwest, for her hardscrabble childhood and for her late husband, Raymond Carver. This is an essential book by a poet in the prime of her power. $28.00  Graywolf Press

Karl Marlantes’ award-winning novel, Matterhorn, transformed the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war. Now with What it is Like to Go to War, his first work of non-fiction, Marlantes delivers a deeply personal and candid look at war and the psychological and spiritual toll it takes on those who fight.

What It Is Like to Go to War Karl Marlantes $25.00  Atlantic Monthly Press

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Karl Marlantes $15.95  Grove Press

596 Switch: The Improbable Journey from the Palouse to Pasadena Ryan D. Leaf, foreword by Mike Price For Cougar fans, an entertaining, behind-the-scenes journey through a fascinating time in the school’s football history, and for sports fans in general, an unvarnished look at the world of college athletics—good and bad. $26.99  Crimson Oak Publishing

My Wrangell Mountains Ruedi Homberger, Jon and Jona Van Zyle High atop cascading waterfalls and deep within the lush green depths of the valleys, photographer Ruedi Homberger has, for more than 20 years, captured the majestic beauty of eastern Alaska’s Wrangell Mountain range. 300+ full-color photographs and sketches. $50.00  University of Alaska Press


Best of the Northwest REAMDE: A Novel Neal Stephenson The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers his most accessible novel to date—a high intensity, action-packed global thriller in which a tech entrepreneur gets caught in the crossfire of his own online fantasy war game. $35.00  William Morrow

Dishing Up Oregon: 145 Recipes That Celebrate Farm-To-Table Flavors Ashley Gartland, photography by John Valls This collection of recipes, many from chefs, farmers and other Oregon food producers, celebrates the state’s rich and varied food culture and traditions. $19.95  Storey Publishing

Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia Lisa M. Morrison A suds-soaked adventure through 115 key breweries and brew pubs. With 18 walkable pub-crawls, along with everything you need to experience the best of the region. $18.95  Timber Press

Brand New Cherry Flavor Todd Grimson A Hollywood fringe anti-heroine starring in her own revenge tale, complete with tattoos (jaguars, not dragons) and a zombie biker gang. “Funny, gorgeous and profound,” says Geek Love’s Katherine Dunn. $14.95  Schaffner Press

It’s So Easy: and Other Lies Duff McKagan A founding member of Guns N’ Roses shares his story, band and beyond—how alcohol and drugs threatened his life and how he fought back, returned to Seattle and back to school, and became a stable, loving husband and father. $26.00  Touchstone


Best of the Northwest Drylands, a Rural American Saga Lionel Delevingne and Steve Turner A pictorial essay about life in Adams County, a rural farming area in Eastern Washington, documenting the reality underlying our national self-portrait. $27.95  University of Nebraska Press

At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking At Home Greg Atkinson, foreword by Molly Wizenberg Be inspired by the culinary web we weave with every bite we take. The beloved Northwest chef and food writer celebrates recipes that bring people together and create memories at the kitchen table. $17.95  Sasquatch Books

Timberline Lodge: A Love Story

Diamond Jubilee Edition; 75th Anniversary Jon Tullis, editor Fourteen authors join in the new release of this portrayal of Oregon’s national treasure and priceless legacy. Beautifully illustrated with more than 130 photographs. $34.95  R.L.K. and Company

I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing Henry Winkler Casting isn’t just about the movies any more! Humor and life lessons from Winkler’s experiences as father, family man and adventurer on the rivers of Idaho and Montana. $21.95  Insight Editions

Bering Sea Blues: A Crabber’s Tale of Fear in the Icy North


Joe Upton A white-knuckle memoir of winter crab fishing in Alaska! Fighting exhaustion, fierce storms and monster waves, big paychecks await some crews. For others, mere survival is the big reward. $17.95  Epicenter Press



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Wrap It Up America’s Great Railroad Stations Roger Strauss III text by Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to the enduring cathedrals of American travel and commerce and the role they still play in the country’s landscape. $40.00  Viking Studio

The Batman Files Matthew K. Manning This unique replica of Bruce Wayne’s own secret journal was anonymously entrusted to Batman authority Matthew K. Manning. A must-have for fans and collectors. $100.00  Andrews McMeel Publishing

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer This perennial bestseller is a birder’s perfect companion— the most comprehensive bird guide available—lavishly updated with 300 new illustrations and 26 new species. $27.95  National Geographic

Treasury of Greek Mythology Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit With stunning artwork and lyrical text, these timeless tales of the Greek gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters will fascinate and engage readers’ imaginations. $24.95 (ages 8+)  National Geographic

Great Journeys: Travel the World’s Most Spectacular Routes Inspiring history, striking images and travel tips for the world’s most amazing routes, along with thematic coverage of great walks, famous literary journeys, classic rail journeys and more! $39.99  Lonely Planet

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide


Smithsonian Collection Fully revised and updated, Animal brings together the expertise of natural history specialists and outstanding wildlife photographers to illustrate and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom. $50.00  DK Publishing

Wrap It Up The Conference of the Birds Peter Sís In this lyrical and richly illustrated story of love, faith and the meaning of it all, Peter Sís shows the pain, and beauty, of the human journey. $27.95  Penguin Press

On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life Amy Walker, editor An inspirational manifesto about the myriad ways the new urban bike culture can change, and is changing, daily life in cities throughout North America and the world. $16.95  New World Library

Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design Michael Embacher, foreword by Paul Smith Take a tour of more than 100 bicycles, from racing bikes to high-tech hybrids, in this stunning homage to the beauty of the bike. $35.00  Chronicle Books

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Second Edition

The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry

Patricia Schultz The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly fullcolor edition. Completely revised and updated with 200 new entries, 28 new countries, 500 color photographs! $19.95  Workman

Rita Dove, editor Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, the former Poet Laureate introduces a collection that reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of 100 years of modern American poetry. $40.00  Penguin Books

A History of the World in 100 Objects: From the Handaxe to the Credit Card Neil MacGregor The renowned Director of the British Museum shares a fascinating view of history based on the everyday items we have created and use. $45.00  Viking


Food and Wine Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy Ellie Krieger The New York Times bestselling author presents a healthy take on classic American comfort foods, with 150 soul-satisfying recipes, each featuring nutritional information, mouth-watering full-color photos and tips for eating well. $29.99  John Wiley & Sons

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace Tamar Adler foreword by Alice Waters Shows you how to eat affordably, responsibly and well by teaching you how to buy, chop and cook with an eye toward future meals. $25.00  Scribner

All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art Molly Stevens The James Beard award winner provides delicious recipes and explains the principles behind the essential technique of roasting. It’s like having the best cooking teacher in America in your kitchen. $35.00  W.W. Norton

The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hundreds of different wines by their essential characteristics—body and intensity to distinguishing flavors, suggested serving temperatures to ideal food pairings. $35.00  Little, Brown & Company

1000 Great Everyday Wines: From the World’s Best Wineries Jim Gordon, editor Wine drinkers of all tastes will appreciate this volume, full of tips on purchasing and enjoying a thousand high quality, wallet-friendly bottles. $25.00  DK Publishing Also from DK: World Whiskey and The Beer Book

American Flavor


Andrew Carmellini A new cookbook of delicious, innovative, downto-earth recipes, inspired by the fabulous melting pot of American food and street culture, from the acclaimed chef and James Beard award winner $34.99  Ecco

Art and Design

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts Simon Garfield foreword by Chip Kidd A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, “What does your favorite font say about you?” $27.50  Gotham

Finish This Book Keri Smith The creator of Wreck This Journal has a mission for her readers: They must finish this collection of “found” pages and become the new author of the book. $15.00  Perigree

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed Carl Zimmer foreword by Mary Roach Body art meets science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection. Renowned science writer Carl Zimmer showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology to astrophysics. $24.95  Sterling

Great Paintings: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained Artists’ biographies and features on historical and social context explore how landmark paintings have been influenced by what has gone before and how they go on to inspire what comes after them. $30.00  DK Publishing

The Louvre: All the Paintings Erich Lessing, Vincent Pomarède, Anja Grebe, Loyrette Henri For the first time, every painting from the world’s most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 2,981 paintings are presented in this striking, slipcased book. Includes DVD. $75.00  Black Dog & Leventhal

Design Sponge at Home Grace Bonney, foreword by Jonathan Adler The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger, this definitive guide includes more than 700 color photos and illustrations, and projects that are customizable, relatable and affordable. $35.00  Artisan


The Lighter Side Wreck the Halls Jen Yates Find sweet relief from the holiday madness with Jen Yates’s new collection of hilarious frosting fails. The follow-up to New York Times bestseller Cake Wrecks. $14.99  Andrews McMeel Publishing

Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail The Listomaniacs From the same team that brought you Show Me How, a whole new way of looking at information. On every page, unusual, unexpected and unbelievable (but true!) facts are illustrated in detailed, artistic infographics. $25.99  Harper Design

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself David McRaney An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs and self-delusions that make us feel wise, based on McRaney’s popular blog of the same name. $22.50  Gotham

Seriously...I’m Kidding Ellen DeGeneres “I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?” —Ellen $26.99  Grand Central Publishing

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) The Oatmeal A hilarious New York Times bestseller featuring 60 of Matthew Inman’s comic guides to grammar, life and much more from his popular webcomics site $14.99  Andrews McMeel Publishing


That Is All John Hodgman Hodgman—bestselling author, The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert,” minor television celebrity, deranged millionaire—brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. $25.00  Dutton

Give It Some Thought Books: A Living History Martyn Lyons From papyrus scrolls to the iPad, this engaging history explores every iteration of the magnificent book. $34.95  Getty Publications

Balzac’s Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac Anka Muhlstein This charming, erudite and witty look at the ways cuisine and culinary arts feature in Balzac’s work is a perfect gift for lovers of food, literature and French culture. $19.95  Other Press

Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals Gregory McNamee Sometimes insightful and scientific, and at other times humorous and bizarre, this collection of secondcentury insights offers the ultimate historically based entertainment for animal and nature lovers. $15.95  Trinity University Press

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual Michael Pollan, illustrated by Maira Kalman Now beautifully illustrated and with even more food wisdom, this collaboration will be the edition that families will pass down for posterity, sharing lessons for eating healthfully—and joyfully—throughout their lives. $22.95  Penguin Press

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, editors Bringing together more than 80 visionaries, Moral Ground presents a call to honor our moral responsibility to the planet and future generations. $18.95  Trinity University Press


Just The Facts

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 Ian W. Toll Tells the epic tale of the first searing months of the Pacific War when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative. $35.00  W.W. Norton

Charles Dickens: A Life Claire Tomalin A comedy that turns to tragedy, as the very qualities that made him great— his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination and showmanship—finally destroyed him. Dickens’ vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art. $35.00  Penguin Press

Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North Alexis S. Troubetzkoy The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked—and sometimes lost—their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic. $25.99  St. Martin’s Press

Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion Robert Morgan America’s Manifest Destiny comes to life in Robert Morgan’s skilled hands. The story of Jefferson’s dream and those of nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries. $29.95  Algonquin

House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash John Carter Cash Full of never-before-published memorabilia from the Cash archive, including songs, photographs and recipes, House of Cash is the tale of the iconic Man in Black on and off stage. $39.95  Insight Editions

The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper Kate Ascher A gorgeous graphic tour through the inner workings of skyscrapers. More than a technical survey, Ascher’s work is a triumphant ode to the most monumental aspect of modern civilization. $35.00  Penguin Press


Fiction Wicked Autumn: A Mystery G.M. Malliet Combining a formidable sleuth with an idyllic setting, this brilliantly modern homage to the traditional drawing room mystery will have fans of English cozies going wild! $23.99  Minotaur

The Night Circus: A Novel Erin Morgenstern “Playful and intensely imaginative...the circus I have always longed for, populated with dueling love-struck magicians and hyper-elegant displays of beauty...This is a marvelous book.” —Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife $26.95  Doubleday

American Boy Larry Watson The stunning and highly anticipated new novel from the author of Montana 1948. “A gripping, poignant comingof-age story that will ultimately bury itself in your heart. American Boy is an American classic.” —Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh $24.00  Milkweed Editions

The Christmas Wedding

Zero Day

Red Mist: A Scarpetta Novel

James Patterson and Richard DiLallo Gaby’s children haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married, she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. $25.99  Little, Brown & Company

David Baldacci From the modern master of the thriller and #1 worldwide bestselling novelist comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. And Zero Day is where it all begins.... $27.99  Grand Central Publishing

Patricia Cornwell With high-tension suspense and cutting-edge technology, Patricia Cornwell once again proves why she’s the world’s number-one bestselling crime writer. $27.95  Putnam


Fiction Queen of America: A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita Urrea, the “Saint of Cabora,” embarks on a journey through turnof-the-century industrial America. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. $25.99  Little, Brown & Company

Snuff: A Discworld Novel Available November 28

Terry Pratchett The 38th installment in the New York Times bestselling “Discworld” canon. “The purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse.” —Washington Post Book World $25.99  Harper

The Best of Me Nicholas Sparks From opposite sides of the tracks, Amanda and Dawson’s love seemed to defy the realities of life in their small North Carolina town, but as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear them apart and send them on radically divergent paths. $25.99  Grand Central Publishing

Lethal Sandra Brown When her four-year-old daughter informs her that a sick man is in the yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help. But that “sick” man turns out to be the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. $26.99  Grand Central Publishing

Kill Alex Cross James Patterson The President’s son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. $28.99  Little, Brown & Company

V is for Vengeance


Sue Grafton Adding to her successful crime fiction series, Sue Grafton doesn’t miss a beat in Kinsey Millhone’s 22nd rendezvous with suspense, mystery and vengeance. $27.95  Putnam

The Cat’s Table: A Novel Michael Ondaatje A stunning new novel about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins with a sea voyage. $26.00  Knopf

Middle Reader, Young Adult The Apothecary Maile Meloy, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr When the apothecary is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of his sacred book, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies—Russian spies with nuclear weapons. $16.99 (ages 10+)  G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi When a teen on salvage crew discovers a clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, he must decide whether to strip it and preserve his job or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. $9.99 (ages 14+)  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Legendary Journeys: Ships Philip Steele, illustrated by Sebastian Quigley An enthralling history of sea-going vessels as they sailed across the globe, from the invention of simple rafts and dugouts to the new technologies of today’s luxury liners. $19.99 (ages 8+)  Kingfisher

Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Curse   Tiger’s Quest   Tiger’s Voyage The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed series! Can an ordinary girl break a centuries-old curse and rescue the man she loves? This epic fantasy-romance will leave you breathless and yearning for more. $17.95 each (ages 12+)  Splinter/Sterling Children’s Books


Middle Reader, Young Adult The Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater With her trademark lyricism, Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race atop a cliff—with much more than their lives at stake. $17.99 (ages 13+)  Scholastic Press

Inheritance Christopher Paolini The epic conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s #1 New York Times bestselling series is finally here! $27.99 (ages 12+)  Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm! David Shapiro, illustrated by Christopher Herndon Join in the adventure, unlock the secret of time travel and journey back 15,000 years to witness the great Missoula Floods, the largest floods to have ever washed over the earth. $14.99 (ages 8–13)  Craigmore Creations

Incredible Journeys: Amazing Animal Migrations Animal Planet Uncover the secrets behind the astounding instincts of a wide variety of amazing creatures as they face predators, near starvation and perilous terrain in pursuit of food, better weather or seasonal breeding grounds. $19.99 (ages 8–12)  Kingfisher

Envy: An Empty Coffin Novel Gregg Olsen True crime and paranormal power come together in the New York Times bestselling author’s gripping YA debut. Is a mysterious death a suicide, accident…or murder? 15-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out. $17.95 (ages 13–17) Splinter/Sterling Children’s Books


Middle Reader, Young Adult Mousenet: When Mice Do More Than Point and Click Prudence Breitrose, illustrated by Stephanie Yue One tiny computer is the key to friendship between a lonely girl and a nation of mice! A beautifully illustrated story with and important environmental message. $16.99 (ages 8–12)  Disney–Hyperion

Drawing from Memory Allen Say The Caldecott Medalist presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as a young artist apprenticing under a master cartoonist during WWII. $17.99 (ages 10+)  Scholastic Press

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion Samantha Seiple Tells the riveting story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during World War II. $17.99 (ages 11+)  Scholastic Reference

My Name is Not Easy Debby Dahl Edwardson “An extraordinary tale of love, betrayal, and above all, survival, as a group of young Alaskan Natives are transplanted from their home villages to a parochial boarding school in the Alaskan wilderness.” —Ellen Levine, author of Freedom’s Children $17.99 (ages 12+)  Marshall Cavendish

Dream School Blake Nelson The follow-up to the seminal ’90s-defining debut novel Girl, Dream School follows daughter of the Portland grunge scene Andrea Marr to college, where her plans veer wildly off course. $9.99 (ages 13+)  Figment


Kids Wagons Ho! George Hallowell and Joan Holub illustrated by Lynne Avril Offers a unique and fun look at history as two girls travel the Oregon Trail—one by covered wagon in 1846 and the other by car in the present day. $16.99 (ages 6–9)  Albert Whitman & Company

Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs Lisa Loeb, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke The pop star brings her wacky humor to the page in her first children’s songbook—featuring a CD with four original songs plus six all-time favorites! $14.95 (ages 5+)  Sterling Children’s Books

Grandpa Green Lane Smith The bestselling author of It’s a Book evokes a stunning and timeless story of family history and love, creating the perfect book for grown-ups and those still growing. $16.99 (ages 5–8)  Roaring Brook Press Also available from Lane Smith:

It’s a Little Book This board book version for the youngest of readers asks what a book is for—Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing? As funny and captivating as the original, it’s sure to delight a new generation of readers. $7.99 (ages 1–3)  Roaring Brook Press

A Bad Kitty Christmas Nick Bruel Wreck the halls! Bad Kitty is back in a full-color picture book and here for the holidays! A mischievous Christmas caper by the fan-favorite author and illustrator. $15.99 (ages 4+) Roaring Brook Press

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse


Eric Carle Every child has an artist inside, and this vibrant new book will help let it out. Carle paints the world as he sees it. There’s a red crocodile, a purple fox and, more than anything, there’s imagination. $17.99 (ages 3–5)   Philomel Books

Kids The Man in the Moon: The Guardians of Childhood William Joyce $17.99 (ages 6–9) and for your middle reader...

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King: The Guardians, Book One William Joyce and Laura Geringer $14.99 (ages 8–11) The beloved author and illustrator returns with his new series, The Guardians of Childhood. The first picture book illuminates the protective power of the moon, while a chapter book takes middle readers back to a time before Santa was Santa— when he was Nicholas St. North. Antheneum Books for Young Readers

Right Where You Are Now Lisa Montierth, illustrated by Ashley Burke This book’s vibrant illustrations transport young readers millions of years into Earth’s past, from the age of flowing lava to the tribes of early Americans. It’s more than just a bedtime story—it’s an educational adventure. $16.95 (ages 1–8)  Craigmore Creations

Otis and the Tornado Loren Long Otis and his friends are playing follow-the-leader when the day turns frightening: It’s a tornado, and the bull is still locked in his pen! Otis must save the day. $17.99 (ages 3–7)  Philomel Books

The Busy Beaver Nicholas Oldland This charming story from the creator of Big Bear Hug and Making the Moose Out of Life shows youngsters how to take care with others, as well as the world around us. $16.95 (ages 3–7) Kids Can Press


Kids Bumble-Ardy Maurice Sendak The first book Maurice Sendak has written as well as illustrated in 30 years asks: What happens when a mischievous pig misses eight birthdays in a row? A wild rumpus of a party at age nine! (“Which isn’t bad. In fact, it’s fine.”) $17.95  Michael Di Capua Books

The Giant Book of Giants Saviour Pirotta, illustrated by Mark Robertson Giant fun, with six adventurous stories, plus a pop-up, pull-out poster that’s over four feet tall with liftable flaps and removable items—including the giant’s earwax! $19.95 (ages 4+)  Sterling Children’s Books

The Wizard of Oz™: A Scanimation® Book Rufus Butler Seder We’re off to see the wizard! The magic of Scanimation meets the wonderful Wizard of Oz, bringing to life 10 memorable scenes from the movie that has enchanted generations of viewers. $14.95 (ages 4+)  Workman

Wheedle and the Noodle $16.99 (ages 3–6)

Wheedle on the Needle $16.95 (ages 3–6) Stephen Cosgrove, illustrated by Robin James What’s keeping Wheedle awake now? Join the loveable and famous Wheedle on an all-new adventure with Noodle the kitten.

Sasquatch Books Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest Marcia and Richard Vaughan illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell A vibrant and charming adventure story set to the rhythm of the Pacific Northwest woods. $16.95 (ages 3+)

Northwest artists Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants collaborate on beautiful children’s books that include a free MP3 song with each book.

Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight $9.99 (ages 0–5)


My Woodland Wish

$16.99 (ages 3+)

Kids ZooZical Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown A storytime spectacular from the #1 New York Times bestselling team that brought you Wild About Books. Sing along while the animals take center stage in a song-and-dance extravaganza! $17.99 (ages 4–8)  Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Moo Matthew Van Fleet, photography by Brian Stanton Story time is playtime! From baby lambs to justborn chicks, readers will delight in this interactive book that even lets them milk a cow. Learn animal sounds and have fun in this fun-filled novelty book! $16.99 (ages 2+)  Paula Wiseman Books

The LEGO® Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination Use what you have to make something new! Featuring inspirational LEGO builds, tips to supplement and enhance LEGO creations and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders. $24.99 (ages 7–15)  DK Publishing LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2011 The LEGO Group. Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group.

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia With more than 400 captivating images and tons of fascinating facts, it’s sure to keep both LEGO and Star Wars fans reading for hours! Includes LEGO Star Wars minifigure! $18.99 (ages 7–17)  DK Publishing © 2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. ® & TM All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Blowin’ in the Wind lyrics by Bob Dylan, illustrated by Jon J Muth One of the most powerful songs of all time comes vibrantly to life with illustrations by the Caldecott Honoree. Adults and children alike will treasure this touching and timely picture book. Includes CD. $17.95 (ages 4–7)  Sterling Children’s Books

Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker Marie, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many other beloved characters are all freshly imagined by the inimitable Mary Engelbreit in a sparkling new picture book. $17.99  HarperCollins


My Wrangell Mountains Ruedi Homberger, Jon and Jona Van Zyle High atop cascading waterfalls and deep within the lush green depths of the valleys, photographer Ruedi Homberger has, for more than 20 years, captured the majestic beauty of eastern Alaska’s Wrangell Mountain range. 300+ full-color photographs and sketches. $50.00  University of Alaska Press

Raven and River Nancy White Carlstrom illustrated by Jon Van Zyle Leads young readers on a fantastical journey with a raven across the icy Alaska landscape on the verge of spring. $11.95 (ages 4–8)  Snowy Owl Books

Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration Between Hawaii and Alaska Debbie S. Miller, illustrated by Daniel Van Zyle The remarkable story of the golden plover’s annual migration, this nature title for young readers sees the plover embark on a 6,000-mile flight. $11.95 (ages 4–8) Snowy Owl Books

Outside Passage: A Memoir of an Alaskan Childhood Julia Scully Lyrical and affecting, simultaneously a portrait of a young girl’s first steps into adulthood and a window into a vanished frontier life. $15.95 Snowy Owl Books

Holiday Books 2011  
Holiday Books 2011  

Our annual guide of the latest books perfect for holiday gift giving and available at the best of northwest's independent booksellers, membe...