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The I Wonder Bookstore: (Japanese Books, Book Lover Gifts, Interactive Books for Kids) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452176512
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 12th, 2019

As a book lover, finding a little tome that is not only charming and cute, but also describes your love for books is an absolute treat! That is exactly how I felt as I picked up The I Wonder Bookstore. This cheery story chronicles the day in the life of a bookseller who only sells books about books. We get a glimpse into each of his recommendations he gives his customers, all of which are cheeky, witty, and absurd stories surrounding interactions with books, both real and imaginary. Recently translated from the original Japanese, this book will fill you with delight, not unlike the books within it! Crack it open, take a whiff of that new book smell, and read on!    


We Travel So Far Cover Image
By Laura Knowles, Chris Madden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781770859852
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Published: Firefly Books - August 15th, 2018

In this fascinating introduction to animal migration around the globe, mesmerizing illustrations and poetic language let us see and hear the movement of wildebeests, European eels, and monarch butterflies as they travel by land, sea, and sky. In the end, we consider the most migratory of all creatures—people—and ask why we, too, undertake amazing journeys. Less a comprehensive encyclopedia than an engaging point of departure, this book is sure to captivate naturalists both young
and old.


Looking for a global adventure this holiday season? Allow Martin’s stunning watercolor illustrations to transport you to the streets of Hong Kong, New Delhi, Moscow, Reykjavik, and more. Explore the millions of vending machines of Tokyo,
the stray cats of Cairo, and the botecos of Rio de Janeiro. An informative, funny, vibrant, and curiositysatisfying gift for people of all ages!


The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid Cover Image
By Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, Joy Ang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781523503544
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 18th, 2018

Calling all adventurers and seekers of the mysterious and unexplained: have we got the perfect guide for you! Travel the world and discover places and phenomena you’ve never heard of—sometimes near your own home town! From the creators of Atlas Obscura comes the wonderful young explorer’s edition by the same name. It’s easy to lose yourself in Joy Ang’s luscious illustrations, depicting dozens of
bizarre occurrences and beautiful mysteries, both natural and man-made. Want to learn about a cave full of crystals that weigh more than ten elephants? Or a lake full of skeletons? How about a place called Snake Island? This book has got you covered. Put on your explorer’s hat and get reading!


Cake: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981542
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Published: Penguin Press - April 10th, 2018

Kalman’s is a jewel of a cake book! Hers is full of homemade pleasures for any
occasion whether it be a “let’s celebrate!” or a “something sweet to soothe a soul.” Flour, butter, sugar, eggs, stories, and art are all folded in with care. Sweet memories of baking and frosting with kids is such a simple delight. And serving cake almost becomes a holy event—“I made this for you!” As food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman says, “Welcome to Cake.”


Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year Cover Image
By Nosy Crow, Frann Preston-Gannon (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor)
ISBN: 9781536202472
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Published: Nosy Crow - October 9th, 2018

Each holiday season, I try to find a gift that might be appreciated long beyond the
holidays. This year, it’s this massive and elegant collection of poetry. A perfect family gift, a lovely tradition and a challenge: who can memorize a poem a week? A month? What if each person in your family could take a turn bringing the day’s poem to the dinner table—to be read aloud, or better still, recited from memory!
Learning a poem ‘by heart’ is infinitely more satisfying than memorizing
passwords or numbers, and it engages the heart and the brain in a
philosophical question and answer period. That said, I need to go brush up
on my Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Acclaimed nature writer Sy Montgomery relates thirteen pivotal moments in her life’s journey, each viewed through the lens of a significant animal encounter, ranging from terrier to emu to octopus. Her sense of awe and devotion are infectious and the accumulated result is a sincere but never simplistic sojourn inside “the wildness that keeps us sane and whole, the wild, delicious hunger for life.” With magnificent two-color design and lush, playful illustrations by Rebecca Green, this is a heartwarming and tactile treasure for critterlovers and anyone seeking effective relief from despair and irony.


Bookstore Cats Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943876525
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Published: Glitterati - September 5th, 2017

“Page 106 is the very best page in the book and should be enlarged and framed!”  . . .  Booker T.

“NO! Page 109 is the one that people should spend time staring at and use for their screen saver” . . . Walter Dean

“HOLD THE PHONE! Check out the guy on the bottom of page 111. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner.” . . . Trini Lopez

Book recommended by the unbiased cats of Wild Rumpus

A Year Full of Stories: 52 classic stories from all around the world Cover Image
ISBN: 9781847808684
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 6th, 2016

Go on a journey around the calendar with this stunning anthology of folktales from around the globe. With fifty-two folktales, there are stories for every holiday and occasion, from classics like East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Frog Prince to new tales like Father Frost and The Gifts of the North Wind. Spend Thanksgiving in West Africa and Valentine’s Day in Korea. Learn about new holidays and traditions from cultures different from your own; a treat for every reader and a beautiful book to be enjoyed all year round.   


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399578861
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

From the creators of the New York Times best-selling Rad American Women A-Z comes another anthology of fierce females. The stories in this book prove that young girls and seasoned women alike have been kicking major butt since 430 BC. These are women who have stepped up to the plate, rewritten the rules and envisioned a better future for us all. A coffee-table essential!


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607749769
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 26th, 2016

This book is a treasure! A few names will be familiar, but I’m betting that most of these women scientists are ones you’ve never come across: Gertrude Elion, Edith Clarke, Florence Bascom, and Wang Zhenyi, just to name a few. Female scientists made discoveries, saved lives and added to numerous areas of knowledge, and we should know them. Lots of facts and clever illustrations make this a fun and much-needed book for anyone to have on their shelf.


The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day: Press the note to hear Vivaldi's music Cover Image
By Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781847808776
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 4th, 2016

Follow Isabelle and her loyal pup, Pickle, as they discover the wonders of nature by way of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. This interactive classical adventure is bursting with original illustrations, historical information and samples of Vivaldi’s cherished orchestral quartet. Educational and whimsical, this text marks the first in a forthcoming series of press-and-hear books that bring classical music to life. The Story Orchestra is sure to delight musical minds of any age.


Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of the much-beloved author E.B. White. This beautifully illustrated biography brings the reader right alongside him as he writes such classics as Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan. With pictures and samples from early drafts of these titles and letters he wrote to friends, every reader, young and old, will enjoy spending time in the magical world of E.B. White. He sure was Some Writer!