2019 Holiday Gifts

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gold 50th Anniversary Edition
Carle, Eric
A new, limited golden anniversary edition in honor of 50 wonderful years, including rare bonus content. Happy birthday, Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been crawling its way into kids' hearts for 50 years, and what better way to celebrate than by giving him a brand new cocoon! With a beautiful golden anniversary jacket (with an oversized "50" logo), along with a new introduction letter from Eric Carle himself, this anniversary edition will be sure to delight Caterpillar fans of all ages. Bonus content features an appreciation by prominent children's literacy advocate Dolly Parton, as well as an essay on the history and significance of the Caterpillar, including rare images of the original sketches and historic photos.

Item No. 9780525516194
$22.99
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Marcus, Leonard S
Celebrate a century of children's book illustration!

For families, art lovers, and history buffs alike, Leonard S. Marcus's visual history tour of 100 years of children's book illustration gathers in one glorious volume the posters of the annual Children's Book Week!

Featuring work from early luminaries such as N. C. Wyeth and Marcia Brown to more contemporary illustrators like David Wiesner, Mary GrandPré, Christian Robinson, and Jillian Tamaki, this beautiful collection showcases the conceptual and iconic images that have defined children's books for generations of young readers.

While the posters within these pages are linked in their resounding advocacy for young people's literacy, they are distinguished by the styles and mediums of their creators and by the historical, social, and cultural influences of their times. Renowned historian Leonard S. Marcus traces these developments in the children's book field with incisive descriptions to accompany each poster.

Children's Book Week has grown over the past one hundred years from a modest grassroots effort to a full-throttle nationwide annual celebration of literacy and the pleasures of reading. The posters in this book beautifully emphasize Book Week's mission, with slogans such as "Build the Future with Books," "Get Lost in a Book," and "One World, Many Stories."

Item No. 9780525645085
$35.00
A Family of Readers - Softcover
Two of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors, illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for children -- and nurturing their love of reading.

A Family of Readers is the definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children. It's divided into four sections:

1. Reading to Them:
Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children.
2. Reading with Them:
Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books.
3. Reading on Their Own:
Exploring what children read--and how they read--by genre and gender.
4. Leaving Them Alone:
Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult.

Roger Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief of The Horn Book, which since 1924 has been America's best source for reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. In this essential resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editor at the magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers' companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels.

Item No. 9780763657550
$14.99
A Stone for Sascha - Autographed

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl’s grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. In his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker achieves a tremendous feat, connecting the private, personal loss of one child to a cycle spanning millennia — and delivering a stunningly layered tale that demands to be pored over again and again.

Item No. AUTOBECKER4
$17.99
Astrid Sheckels 2020 Calendar
Astrid Sheckels 2020 Calendar

Get ready for the new year in style with the exclusive Astrid Sheckels 2020 Art Calendar! This 12-month limited edition mini wall calendar features a charming array of whimsical animals. The detailed illustrations, printed on mat cover stock, can also be used as prints or even cards. It’s the perfect colorful addition to any home, nursery, classroom, or office . . . anywhere art is enjoyed!

Size: 5.5 x 7.75 inches
Binding: wire
Page count: 13 (including cover)

Item No. 57639974
$16.95
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Filled with beloved book stacks, literary objects, and famous authors, this deluxe planner features a handy side pocket and ribbon page marker, as well as notable dates in literary history. Perfect for any booklover or book club pal.
Item No. 9781452178165
$19.99
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Tung, Debbie
Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung's comics are humorous and instantly recognizable--making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they're understood and appreciated.

Item No. 9781449494285
$14.99
Bookstore Cat Mug

"Bookstores. Cats. Life is Sweet."

Coated ceramic 12 oz. mug. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Purchase of this mug sends one book to a community in need.

Item No. MUGS1009
$12.95
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Chisholm, Penny
Acclaimed Caldecott Artist Molly Bang teams up with award-winning M.I.T. professor Penny Chisholm to present the fascinating, timely story of fossil fuels.

What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging, stunning book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years.

Now, in a very short time, we are digging them up and burning them, changing the carbon balance of our planet's air and water. What does this mean, and what should we do about it?

Using simple language and breathtaking paintings, Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of our transportation and energy use in our world.

Readers will be mesmerized by this engaging fourth book in the award-winning Sunlight Series by Bang and Chisholm.

Item No. 9780545577854
$18.99
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Weir, Andy
In a one-of-a-kind graphic novel collaboration between the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and the beloved illustrator behind Sarah's Scribbles, Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy team up to save the multiverse, from Wonderland to Neverland and Oz.

Originating as fan fiction from the brilliant imagination of Andy Weir, now brought to vivid life by Sarah Andersen, Cheshire Crossing is a funny, breakneck, boundlessly inventive journey through classic worlds as you've never seen them before.

Years after their respective returns from Wonderland, Neverland, and Oz, the trio meet here, at Cheshire Crossing--a boarding school where girls like them learn how to cope with their supernatural experiences and harness their magical world-crossing powers.

But Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy--now teenagers, who've had their fill of meddling authority figures--aren't content to sit still in a classroom. Soon they're dashing from one universe to the next, leaving havoc in their wake--and, inadvertently, bringing the Wicked Witch and Hook together in a deadly supervillain love match.

To stop them, the girls will have to draw on all of their powers . . . and marshal a team of unlikely allies from across the magical multiverse.

Advance praise for Cheshire Crossing

"Deliciously funny . . . a shrewd and spirited adaptation that will leave audiences hoping for another installment . . . Andersen's delightful cartoon drawing style meshes perfectly with Weir's prose, allowing the work to broaden its appeal beyond middle graders to young adults and adults."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Item No. 9780399582073
$14.99
Compendium of Collective Nouns
Woop Studios
This illustrated guide compiles over 2,000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colorful, graphic artwork from the design dynamos at Woop Studios. Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers topics from plants and animals (a parade of elephants, an embarrassment of pandas) to people and things (a pomposity of professors, an exultation of fireworks) and range from the familiar (a pride of lions) to the downright obscure (an ooze of amoebas). Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies, and historical anecdotes make this beautiful book an entertaining read, a standout reference, and a visual treat. Language lovers and art appreciators alike will be captivated by this gem, rich in word and image.
Item No. 9781452108230
$35.00
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Thomas, Ebony Elizabeth

Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination

Stories provide portals into other worlds, both real and imagined. The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic, the doors are often barred. This problem lies not only with children's publishing, but also with the television and film executives tasked with adapting these stories into a visual world. When characters of color do appear, they are often marginalized or subjected to violence, reinforcing for audiences that not all lives matter.

The Dark Fantastic is an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction. Grounded in her experiences as YA novelist, fanfiction writer, and scholar of education, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some of the most popular stories of the early 21st century: Bonnie Bennett from the CW's The Vampire Diaries, Rue from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Gwen from the BBC's Merlin, and Angelina Johnson from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Analyzing their narratives and audience reactions to them reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world.

In response, Thomas uncovers and builds upon a tradition of fantasy and radical imagination in Black feminism and Afrofuturism to reveal new possibilities. Through fanfiction and other modes of counter-storytelling, young people of color have reinvisioned fantastic worlds that reflect their own experiences, their own lives. As Thomas powerfully asserts, "we dark girls deserve more, because we are more."

Item No. 9781479800650
$28.00
Endless Odyssey: A Mythic Storytelling Game
Young, Sarah

Fire your imagination with these fun storytelling cards. Reviving the Victorian 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations provide endless storyscaping possibilities. Enter a strange land of winged horses and vengeful gods, where one-eyed monsters feast on human flesh. Perhaps you will stumble across buried treasure or receive a favourable prophecy, but watch out for the sinister boatman. He is waiting to transport you across the river, a journey from which no one has ever returned … Where will the story take you?

Item No. 9781786275172
$19.99
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Steve Jenkins

In his latest eye-popping work of picture book nonfiction, the Caldecott Honor–winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins explains how for most animals, eyes are the most important source of information about the world in a biological sense. The simplest eyes—clusters of light-sensitive cells—appeared more than one billion years ago, and provided a big survival advantage to the first creatures that had them. Since then, animals have evolved an amazing variety of eyes, along with often surprising ways to use them.

Item No. 9780547959078
$17.99
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Telgemeier, Raina
A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears.

Item No. 9780545852500
$12.99
Harry Potter Canvas Pouch
Harry Potter Canvas Pouch

Canvas zipper pouch featuring cover image of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, artwork by Mary GrandPre.

  • 100% cotton canvas
  • Zipper enclosure
  • 9" w x 6" h
  • Made in the USA

Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.

Item No. RECC1041
$12.95
Harry Potter in the Three Broomsticks Mini Puzzle

Hogsmeade village is the perfect getaway for young wizards and witches to escape the rigors of the classroom. Enjoy a butterbeer served by none other than Madame Rosmerta at the Three Broomsticks along with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in this 100 piece mini puzzle illustrated by original book cover artist, Mary GrandPré. At 9” x 7” once completed our mini puzzles are great for plane rides, coffee tables, or even just to stick in your pocket in case you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands. Made in the USA from recycled chipboard.

Harry Potter Illustration by Artist Marie Grand-Pré
100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Finished Puzzle Size: 9"x7"
Linen Style Finish to reduce glare
Made in USA
Recommended Age: 5+ Years

Item No. 819844012397
$9.95
Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone Cover Tote Bag

This heavyweight cotton canvas tote bag features an inner pocket, flat bottom and 10" strap. Image from JK Rowlings's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone illustrated by Mary Grand Pre. Made in the USA.

Purchase of this bag sends one book to a community in need.

Item No. 106801TOTE
$20.00
I Lost My Tooth - Autographed
Willems, Mo

Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.
In I Lost My Tooth!, Zoom Squirrel has lost a front tooth! The Squirrels leap into action when they discover the missing tooth is a baby tooth! Do you know more about teeth than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!

Item No. 9781368024570
$12.99
I'd Rather Be Reading Puzzle

Books aren’t just for reading.  This photograph of color-coordinated cloth hardcovers captures the texture and beauty of books. I’d Rather Be Reading 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle from Galison is the perfect gift for puzzle and book lovers!

- Assembled puzzle size: 20 x 27", 508 x 686 mm

- 1000 pieces

- Box: 8 x 8 x 1.5", 203 x 203 x 41 mm

Item No. 9780735360532
$16.99
Indecisive Spinner Enamel Pin
Indecisive Spinner Enamel Pin

Sometimes making decisions is hard. Yes? No? Maybe? I don't know?

This pin with its spinning center arrow is here to help you decide. Next time you're facing a dilema, give it a whirl and let fate decide. 

1" Gold hard enamel pin with white fill. Standard pin back with a black rubber clutch that won't slip off!

Item No. 11936355
$12.95
Indecisive Spinner Keychain
Kurtz, Adam J.

Leave it up to fate with this honest, indecision-busting keychain. Spin the enamel arrow (yes, it can spin!) to point the way, or just for fun (IDK, it's up to you).

Gold metal-plated brass keychain with 1.5" 1-color enamel medallion and 1" keyring.

Comes in protective sleeve with card backing.

Size: 1.5" x 3.5"

Item No. 9781452177298
$14.95
Leave Me Alone (Autographed Hardcover)

Signed by Vera Brosgol

A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book that The New York Times calls “both classic and ultracontemporary,” Leave Me Alone! is an epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting.

One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal―knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

Vera Brosgol's slyly clever and unexpectedly funny modern folktale is certain to warm even the coldest of hearts.

A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A National Public Radio Best Book of 2016
A Horn Book Best Book of 2016
A Huffington Post Best Picture Book of 2016

Item No. BROSGOL3
$17.99
Library Card Coaster Set

Express your love for libraries with your very own library card coaster set! Coasters measure approx 3.75" x 3.75"

  • Water-proof
  • Wooden coasters with cork back
  • Four classic colors

Purchase of this set sends one book to a community in need

Item No. ZCOAST2001
$19.95
Library Card Enamel Pins
Library Card Enamel Pins

Set of two enamel pins perfect for librarians and all book lovers! Pins measure approximately 1".

Item No. PINS1001
$18.95