Holiday Book Gift Guide

C Is for Camping by Greg Paprocki
An engaging collection of 26 illustrations featuring campground favorites from campfires and hammocks to s’mores and stargazing.

Swan Lake: My First Ballet Book by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Corey Egbert
Babies will meet the gallant prince, the evil sorcerer, and the beautiful girls under a terrible spell as they’re whisked away through the tale.

Little Naturalists Ansel Adams and His Camera by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Seth Lucas
Watch Ansel Adams be brought to life for young readers, encouraging them to Be Adventurous and Be Creative.

Little Poet Lewis Carroll: Silly Time by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
Your toddler can do what they do best with this charming new book featuring Lewis Carroll’s delightful poetry: be silly!

Little Naturalists Johnny Appleseed by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Seth Lucas
Watch Johnny Appleseed be brought to life for young readers, encouraging them to Be Adventurous and Be Kind to every person, animal, and plant they meet.

Y Is for Yoga by Greg Paprocki
This alphabet primer is sure to delight, with 26 illustrations featuring yoga poses, terms, and techniques.

Find them all here.

A legend in the gift industry, Jim Shore released his first-ever coloring book with Fox Chapel Publishing this past August 2020—Simpler Times Coloring Book: A Coloring Celebration of Country Traditions.

Simpler Times is filled with Jim’s designs in coloring book form. The illustrations are inspired by folk art and include birds, roosters, village scenes, covered bridges, farms, angels, and more. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift. It’s the perfect coloring book to spend a tranquil afternoon and to daydream about the countryside. This one is a must for adults and children.

 TWISTED TONGUES: Jokes, Comics, Facts, and Tongue Twisters—All 100% Gross (September 29, 2020; Ages 7-12/Grades 2-7; $8.95), a zany collection of everything nasty, guaranteed to delight kids and disgust parents everywhere written by MAD magazine alum Kit Lively and Los Angeles-based jokebook author David Lewman, with illustrations and comics by cartoonist David DeGrand.

Perfect for sleepover shenanigans, playground high jinks, and family game nights, TWISTED TONGUES is a hilarious celebration of all the funniest things in life, sure to bring joy to the youngest readers who find happiness in the most nauseating aspects of humanity. Children will love this one!

5 MORE SLEEPS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS, Jimmy Fallon’s next picture book and first-ever original story is a must-buy! 
Filled with tons of heart and Jimmy’s signature humor, this adorable picture book follows a boy and his dog as they count down the days (or sleeps!) until Christmas. Following Jimmy’s #1 NYT bestselling series (DADA, MAMA, and BABY), we’re so excited to publish an original story that perfectly captures the excitement and anticipation to the big day and is sure to be an instant classic.

Have a Harry Potter fan? This one is a must-buy!

During quarantine, cooking as a family may have become a shared experience for both parents and kids. With The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook ($19.95, 978-1646040728, Ulysses Press, October 2020) in hand, your young ones will be eager to hop into an apron and work their magic with a whisk. 

Some of the most iconic Harry Potter moments happened around meal-times and holidays at the castle, and The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook shares step-by-step instructions for the dishes from those scenes that you can recreate in your own kitchen. I love all the recipes in this book! Check this one out!

Butterscotch “Beer”

Credit: The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook.

A wizarding world favorite, this “beer” recipe gives you both a hot and a cold option so that you can enjoy a cup full of butterscotch goodness all year round. It’s the perfect beverage to sip while having a chat with your best friends, or while celebrating a big tournament win.

Yield

5 to 6 servings

Prep time

5 to 10 minutes

Cook time

5 to 7 minutes

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips, plus extra for garnish

2 tablespoons light-brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 to 4 cups buttermilk (depending on hot or cold version) whipped cream

2 cups ice, for cold version

chilled glasses, for cold version

Hot Version

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and butterscotch together until completely melted and smooth.

2. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup, and stir until melted and blended in thoroughly.

3. Next, pour in 4 cups of buttermilk. Keep mixing and stirring until the buttermilk comes to temperature.

4. Serve in a heat-resistant mug.

5. Top with whipped cream and garnish with additional butterscotch chips.

Cold Version

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and butterscotch together until completely melted and smooth.

2. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup, and stir until melted and blended in thoroughly.

3. Place the heated mixture in a blender.

4. Add 3 cups of buttermilk and the ice. Blend until smooth.

5. Pour into chilled glasses.

6. Top with whipped cream and garnish with additional butterscotch chips.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books to facilitate this post. Images were also provided and the recipe was used with permission.

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