Book picks for all on your list

For LiveWell
Thursday, December 01, 2016

With the holidays around the corner, here’s some books sure to be a great addition to the bookshelves of everyone on your shopping list.

For your youngest youngsters

Good Night New Hampshire

By Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

Gentle board book that guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons in New Hampshire.

ABC Animals

By Rufus Butler Seder

The timeless appeal of alphabet books meets the richest Scanimation board book ever.

this ORQ. (he No. 1)

By David Elliott, illustrated
by Lori Nichols

Cave boy Orq is back and as exuberant as ever in Warner’s own David Elliott’s third book of this endearing series.

Keepers for the Kiddos

The Moon’s Almost Here

By Patricia Maclachlan, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan meets Caldecott and Newbery winner Tomie dePaola in this stunning and lyrical new bedtime picture book that’s sure to become an instant classic.

Some Writer! The Story of
E.B. White

By Melissa Sweet, afterward by Martha White

This authorized tribute to the author of Charlotte’s Web, it is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White, and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White’s granddaughter.

James Herriot’s Treasury
for Children

Illustrations by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett

All his lovely stories for children, with gorgeous illustrations, in one volume.

The Fairy-Tale Handbook; An Interactive Adventure Through the Magical World of Fairy Tales

By Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

From the illustrator of Wizardology, comes the most fun collection of the characters and things from our best known fairy tales.

Children Just Like Me: A new
celebration of children around
the world


With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers around the world from 36 countries, through engaging photographs and understandable text laid out with all of DK’s distinctive style.

For the teens in your life

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By J.K. Rowling

Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, this marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling.

Naturally Curious Day by Day

By Mary Holland

This follow-up to Naturally Curious, a National Outdoor Book Award winner, is a day-by-day account of nature observations throughout the year right here in New Hampshire and Vermont. Just awesome.

For the bookworms, wordsmiths and writers on your list

Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores

By Bob Eckstein

New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein offers a collection of 75 paintings and stories from some of the world’s most cherished local bookstores, inviting you into the heart and soul of every community with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories. Maybe one day MainStreet BookEnds will find its way into a book like this!

You’re Saying It Wrong

By Ross and Kathryn Petras

For word nerds and grammar geeks, a wittyguide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse.

The Outside Story: Writers Explore the Nature of the Northeast; Volume II

The second volume from the staff of Northern Woodlands, these 72 ecology essays are organized by month, and includes week-to-week calendars of natural events and suggestions for hands-on outdoor learning. “This is a smorgasbord menu of delicious tidbits of the north woods. A fun read,” Bernd Heinrich said.

Love Your Local Poet Farmer

Roots to the Earth

By Wendell Berry, wood
engravings by Wesley Bates

“Having once put his hand into the ground, / seeding there what he hopes will outlast him, / a man has made a marriage with his place, / and if he leaves it his flesh will ache to go back.”

For Her


By Louise Erdrich

A powerful story of anger, love, hurt, and joy among a group of families and neighbors living in a small community in the North Dakota hinterland. Erdrich at her very best.

Never Not a Lovely Moon; The Art of Being Yourself

By Caroline McHugh

At a time when we’re looking for a more honest approach to everything from food to music to politics, Never Not a Lovely Moon offers not a path to being yourself, but being yourself as the path.

For Your Radical Sibling

Rules for Revolutionaries

By Becky Bond and Zack Exley

A bold challenge to the political establishment and the rules that govern campaign strategy. My favorite rule is No. 13, “If There are No Nurses, I Do Not Want to be Part of Your Revolution.”

For Him

A Simpler Way of Life: Old Farmhouses of New York and New England

By William Morgan, photographs by Trevor Tondro

A true celebration of our beloved farmhouses, with spectacular photography, including some from New Hampshire.

Wild Fermentation

By Sandor Ellix Katz

The book that started the fermentation revolution, newly updated and revised, from beers to breads, and ciders to sauerkraut

A little Something for Everyone’s Stocking

How to Love

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Fits right in your pocket for continued reference.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent community bookstore since 1998.)