In the spirit of the season, I’m partnering with Candlewick Press once again to bring you these delightful books – perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season!
For the homebodies on your list, both big and small…
Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.
“Delightful.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Charming.” – Elle Décor
For the kids (or grown-ups!) who are already excited for the first snow day…
Every child loves a snow day—no school and snowball fights galore! But Sam has to wait for Granddad, even though all the other kids have already gone to the park . . . and all the dogs . . . and all the zoo animals! Only when the two finally arrive does Granddad see why Sam was in such a hurry—and they have the best time playing with everyone in the snow.
“[Usher] has created that feeling that when it snows, something unexpected and magical might lurk outdoors.” – The New York Times Book Review
For animal lovers of all ages…
Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures—lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras—startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. A poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise and a reminder that these animals must be cherished and protected.
“Let this gorgeous large-format book spend some time on the coffee table … A profound and transfixing look at the endangered animal residents of our world.” – USA Today
For kiddos that can’t get enough of trucks and all things that go…
On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is, until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it—and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. But when a blizzard arrives, will the little snowplow’s training be enough to clear the streets and handle unexpected trouble? Taking its place beside classics such as The Little Engine That Could and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, this tale of a plucky little plow will find a clear path to readers’ hearts.
The #1 New York Times bestseller!
Big trucks may brag and roar, but small and steadfast wins the day in this cheerful story with timeless appeal. For age range: 3 years – 7 years
“Reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could, this story is a modern take on a timeless message.” – Kirkus Reviews
For huge, HUGE dinosaur fans…
Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are “shield bearers” in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year’s dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones.
Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.
Celebrating 10 years, this is the pop-up book that makes other dinosaur books extinct. For age range: 5 years – 9 years
For avid museum-goers on snowy days…
Welcome to the museum! There are more than 160 historical artifacts to be discovered in Welcome to the Museum: Historium. Wander the galleries of this museum whenever you wish—it’s open 365 days a year!—and discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different ancient civilization, from the Silla dynasty of Korea to ancient Rome.
“A high-interest visual experience… the closest readers will come to attending a museum without leaving home.” – School Library Journal (starred review)
Other top Candlewick Press book titles to get your young readers into the spirit of the holiday season!
The Best Parts Of Christmas – A boy who really loves his Christmas tree finds a way to preserve its spirit year-round! Picture book/hardback for age range: 3 yrs – 7 yrs
Jingle Bells – This elegant cut-paper edition of the classic Christmas song captures the thrill of a winter adventure and the magic of the season. A novelty book for age range 4 years – 8 years
Too Many Toys! – Lulu has so many toys she can’t find room for them all. She needs a plan! Picture book/hardback for age range: 4 yrs – 6 yrs
Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle! – This delightful board book contains a host of Christmassy animals to spot, name, and mimic! A board book for age range 0 months – 3 years
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How Watson Learned The Trick – In this original Sherlock Holmes story, the famous detective’s faithful sidekick, Watson, tries to mimic Holmes’s mastery of the art of deduction—with amusing results. Marvel over this exact replica of a miniature book created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in print for the very first time! Gift Book/Hardback for age 10 years and up
J. Smith – Written in rhyming text and illustrated in full color, this is the charming tale of a fairy named Joe Smith, who is blown out of fairyland into the streets of 1920s London. Marvel over this exact replica of a miniature book created for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by cartoonist Fougasse, in print for the very first time! Gift Book/Hardback for age 10 years and up
Alpha – Discover the NATO phonetic alphabet—and find layers of connection in every letter—in a stunning abecedarian from celebrated artist Isabelle Arsenault. Picture book/hardback for age range 5 years – 8 years
Holiday Stocking Stuffers!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Panorama Pops – Curiouser and curiouser! The British Royal Mail’s special stamps honoring Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary inspire a beautiful gift edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic. Unfold this enchanting Panorama Pop celebrating a classic story, then tuck it inside an attractive slipcase for next time. Novelty Book/Hardback for age range: 5 years – 9 years
Sam’s Sandwich – Sam’s sister wants a very special sandwich, so he does his best to oblige. Lettuce, cheese, tomato, salami, and so much more. Just unfold each layer to see what surprise he has slipped underneath—if you haven’t already figured it out from the hints in the rhyming text! Served up as a sandwich-shaped book with a gruesome guessing game on every spread, Sam’s Sandwich is a delectable gift for little terrors. Just how gross can Sam make that sandwich he’s giving to his sister? Lift the flaps to find out! A classic kid-pleaser, back by popular demand. Novelty Book/Hardback for age range: 3 years – 7 years
Where’s Waldo? The Sticker Book! – Know anyone who’s stuck on Waldo? Packed in this book are hundreds of stickers just waiting for fans old and new to get their hands on them. Use ones from Waldo’s original classics to decorate cards and wrapping paper or create a wacky story. Other stickers are large enough to hide everywhere for a fun Waldo hunt with friends. Look for lots of other sticker activities throughout. Waldo has sticking power! Find hours of fun in this compact book of stickers derived from classic scenes. Sticker Book / Paperback for age range: 5 years – 9 years
Peekaboo Presents – Little fans of the Peekaboo Presents app will love unwrapping this sturdy board book full of lift-the-flap presents beneath a Christmas tree. Every page features adorable gifts of a different color, along with simple text: What’s in the blue box? What’s in the red box? As each toy is revealed, it joins a festive spread, creating a satisfying jumble of holiday joy. The popular holiday app Peekaboo Presents is now a board book! Board Book – Lift the Flap/Board Book for age range: 0 months – 3 years
The Smallest Gift of Christmas – Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he has ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-careful-what-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift. Now in a stocking-stuffer edition with a hangable picture-frame ornament inside! Picture Books / Hardback for age range: 3 years – 7 years
Grab these titles at your leading book retailers or online through Candlewick.com, Amazon.com or Indiebound.com!
Lucky you, loyal Hip Mama’s Place readers! One of you will win a set of Candlewick Press children’s books containing all four (4) of the book titles listed below— all valued over $100.00!
One (1) mini-boxed set of How Watson Learned The Trick (SRP: $25.00 US/CAN)
One (1) mini-boxed set of J. Smith (SRP: $25.00 US/CAN)
One (1) copy of Jingle Bells Magical Cut-Paper Edition (SRP: $19.99 US/CAN)
One (1) copy of Historium Welcome To The Museum (SRP: $35.00 US/ $46.00 CAN)
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This post is written by me for Candlewick Press. I received the books necessary to facilitate my review. Giveaway prize will be fulfilled by the the sponsor. As always, all views and opinions are entirely my own.