In case anyone in my family is paying attention, this is the book I'd like for Hanukkah. From phenom Brit, Maggie O'Farrell, Hamnet sounds like a perfect combination of historical fiction and incredible character development. The story is loosely based on the life and death of Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son Hamnet and Shakespeare’s developing story of Hamlet.
Who doesn’t love a compelling, creative story line that is both funny and engaging with real life, lovable characters? The Time of Green Magic is all of these things. 11-year-old Abi moves with her dad and new step-family into magically perfect home that seems to offer exactly what this expanded family has been searching for--Abi finally gets her own room! That’s just the beginning of the magic. This eerie house holds many enchanting and delightful, albeit a bit scary, secrets that bring these two families together. A wonderful read for any spunky young reader!
While actually traveling the world is out of our grasp right now, we can experience the magic of the world's natural gifts through Around the World in 80 Trees. Each section highlights the world's most iconic trees, including hand drawn illustrations of each tree with close-ups of bark, fruit, and leaf patterns. Learn about the history and influence of the Argan tree of Morrocco and the Yoshino Cherry of Japan or the Silk Worm hosting White Mulberry tree of China. The perfect gift for anyone who feels a deep connection to the natural world.
No matter who you are at one time or another you have felt left out. Khosrou, called Daniel, is a modern Scheherazade sharing stories with his sometimes hostile classmates, and while they don’t always believe him, we all become captivated at the stories he shares. A beautifully written immigrant tale.
It's not just because Eric Kimmel is so charming-- although he is--that this book in on my gift list this season. This is my FAVORITE Hanukkah story and it's now printed in a Board Book format. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, which she is cooking and ready to share with fellow villagers. But Bubba Brayna doesn't see so well and when the enticing smells bring a bear to her house who seems just as furry and gentle as the rabbi, Bubba Breyna makes a laughable mistake that will thrill any small child. A great Hanukkah classic.
One of my favorite novels from this fall, this is the story of Gifty and her depressed mother trying to navigate the grief of losing their brother and son to a heroin overdose. Gifty copes by focusing on her PhD in Science studies and her mother through the divine. This incredibly beautiful novel explores all the generational themes of immigration and education and compassion. A great read.
With bold and charming images this beautiful and engaging book is a celebration of all that it means to be young while learning about your place in the world. A great read aloud and an instant classic that will thrill for generations.
A refreshingly brilliant and evocative collection of essays about the natural world by famed poet, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Each essay feels fresh and inspiring and the illustrations are spectacular. A true gift for any poet or nature lover.
This book is so special you will fall in love with it from the first to the last illustration. It’s a beautiful and heartwarming guide to the magic of humanity and compassion of our world. Another show-stopper from double Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall.
Billy Collins is literally the remedy we need for these troubling times. Whale Day is his latest incarnation in celebrating all that is special in the common place.
As a City Planner by training, I've always been fascinated by how humans interact and understand their built environment. If you feel the same, or count yourself a fan of the 99% Invisible podcast, Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt don't disappoint. This is a comprehensive study of everyday living that we most often don’t notice or think about.
Some folks collect cookbooks purely for the recipes and some see them as a celebration of culture; this cookbook feeds the souls of both. Food writer and chef Julia Turshen lends her skill to Hawa Hassan's knowledge of African cooking. Highlighting some of the quintessential recipes passed down from generation to generation by some of the most famous chefs in eight African nations, this book celebrates the power of food and family and culture. A magical feast!
This coffee table quality book is a visually stunning exploration of black beauty, history, and joy. A true masterpiece in costuming, design and explanation and a wonder to explore.