Gift Book Ideas & Buying Guide

gift bookBooks are all-occasion gifts that may be opened again and again! Below you'll find suggestions for books to give for any occasion to the readers--of every age and reading taste--in your life.

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Fiction for Adults

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?

Consumed by J. R. Ward

Consumed by J. R. Ward

A brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices--each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power, and love--into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.

Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia, the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion.

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand.

The Lido by Libby Page

The Lido by Libby Page

A tender, joyous debut novel about a cub reporter and her eighty-six-year-old subject--and the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them.

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

America for Beginners by Lean Franqui

A widow from India travels to California to learn the truth about what happened to the son who was declared dead shortly after he revealed his sexual orientation to their traditional family.

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

The Philospher's Flight

The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller

A thrilling debut from Tom Miller, this is an epic historical fantasy set in a World War I era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down--and protect--before others can get their hands on it.

Nonfiction for Adults

Playful Painting: Pets by Faye Moorhouse

Playful Painting: Pets by Faye Moorhouse

From an affectionate French Bulldog and astute Boxer to a sassy tabby cat, if you love animals and art, then your tail will be wagging with each of our easy-to-learn lessons and the humor that goes with them.

Make It Easy, Cupcake! by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

Make It Easy, Cupcake! by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

Make adorable, imaginative cupcake creations--without special tools or spending hours in the kitchen. From fairies and unicorns to football players and airplanes, there are designs for everyone.

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

House of Vinegar by Jonathan Sawyer

House of Vinegar by Jonathan Sawyer

An exploration of the acid bite of vinegar and how it influences and elevates all aspects of cooking, from a James Beard Award-winning chef and vinegar evangelist Jonathon Sawyer, with 80 recipes for vinegars and dishes that use them.

Nichel Symon's Playing with Fire by Michael Symon & Douglas Trattner

Michel Symon's Playing with Fire by Michael Symon & Douglas Trattner

Cohost of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon returns to a favorite subject, meat, with his first cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel's BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland.

One Pan and Done

One Pan and Done by Molly Gilbert

In One Pan & Done, Molly Gilbert shows you how to use your oven to your advantage, letting it do most of the work to turn out juicy, crispy roasts, succulent vegetables, rich stews, flaky fish, and, of course, sweet treats.

Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flutist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier - and escaped into the darkness.

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Dopesick by Beth Macy

An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

Trench Talk, Trench Life by Fredric Winkowski

Trench Talk, Trench Life by Fredric Winkowski

This concise, handsomely illustrated, boots-on-the-ground guide provides a unique introduction to life on the Western Front during World War I.

the Fine Art of Paper Flowers by Tiffanie Turner

The Fine Art of Paper Flowers by Tiffanie Turner

An inspiring, practical and gorgeous guide to crafting the most realistic and artful paper flowers for arrangements, art, décor, wearables and more, from San Francisco botanical artist Tiffanie Turner.

Great city Maps

Great City Maps

A beautifully illustrated history of the world's most celebrated historical city maps, from the hubs of ancient civilization to sprawling modern mega-cities, created in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

Ticker by Mimi Swartz

Ticker by Mimi Swartz

Texas Monthly executive editor and two-time National Magazine Award winner Mimi Swartz takes readers behind the scenes of perhaps the greatest medical and technological quest of our time, as she follows pioneering heart surgeon O.H. "Bud" Frazier and his partner, Dr. Billy Cohn, in Frazier's lifelong effort to develop, perfect, and successfully implant an artificial heart in patients whose hearts are failing.

Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball, et. al

A collection of quick recipes for weeknight dining, inspired by Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television show, include such dishes as yaki udon with pickled ginger, pork schnitzel, kale, and white bean soup, Indonesian fried tofu salad, and three-cheese pizza.

Bring It by Noah Fecks

Bring It! by Noah Fecks

Bring It! is the ultimate source for potluck, picnic, or dinner party-worthy dishes that combine simple prep with big taste!

Tots! by Dan Whalen

Tots! by Dan Whalen

This irresistible cookbook with a nubby tot-texture on the cover offers 50 delicious, playful, and surprising recipes for snacks, appetizers, inspired main dishes, and inspired sides, even desserts.

Saladish by Ilene Rosen

Saladish by Ilene Rosen

A 'saladish' recipe is like a salad, and yet so much more. It starts with an unexpectedly wide range of ingredients, such as Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves. It emphasizes contrasting textures - toothsome, fluffy, crunchy, crispy, hefty. It marries contrasting flavors - rich, sharp, sweet, and salty.


Fiction for Kids

Dreamers by Yuyi Nirakes

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

In warm, sparkling prose that moves easily from English to Spanish and back, Caldecott Honor artist Morales (Viva Frida) traces the journey that she and her small son took in 1994, when they immigrated from Mexico to the United States.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper.

Imagine! by Raul Colon

Imagine! by Raul Colon

When a boy visits an art museum and one of the paintings comes to life, he has an afternoon of adventure and discovery [that] changes how he sees the world ever after.

If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino

If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino

If I Had a Horse is an inspiring picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino about a girl imagining what life would be like with a horse.

Ocena Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers

Ocean Sky by the Fan Brothers

A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories.

Honey by David Ezra Stein

Honey by Ezra Stein

A young bear wakes from hibernation craving honey, but soon recalls the many things he can enjoy while waiting for his favorite food to be ready.

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark -- with unexpected results.

This Is the Nest That Robin Built

This is the Nest that Robin Built by Denise Fleming

A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

The House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano

The House that Once Was by Julie Fogliano

Deep in the woods is a house, just a house, that once was--but now isn't--a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?

The Adventures of a GIrl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

Left at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. as a toddler and home-schooled by a retired nun, twelve-year-old Bicycle rides cross-country to meet a famous cyclist who she hopes will be her first friend.

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

Louisana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Lousiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

Brodie was a good dog. And good dogs go to heaven. Except Brodie can't move on. Not just yet. As wonderful as his glimpse of the afterlife is, he can't forget the boy he left behind. The boy he loved, and who loved him in return. The boy who's still in danger. So Brodie breaks the rules of heaven. He returns to Earth as a spirit. With the help of two other lost souls -- lovable pitbull Tuck and surly housecat Patsy -- he is determined to find his boy and to save him. Even if it costs him paradise. Even if he loses his eternal soul. Because it's what a good dog would do.

I Am A Cat by Galia Berstein

I Am a Cat by Galia Berstein

Simon the housecat points out that he may not roar like a lion or run fast like a cheetah, but he has many other things in common with the big cats.

Nonfiction for Kids

How Does My Home Work

How Does My Home Work by Chris Butterworth

Explores how houses are powered by energy, discussing the electricity, water, and natural gas that fuel appliances and other home technologies, and provides tips on how people can conserve these resources in their homes.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianfierrari

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianfierrari

Early morning and a ruffle of feathers, a shadow gliding through the backyard. High above your house Father Hawk circles, sharp eyes searching for prey. Swoosh! He dives after chipmunks, crows, sparrows, squirrels. Screech! The sun hangs low in the sky as three hungry chicks wait. Will they eat today?

Fly With Me by Jane Yolen

Fly with Me by Jane Yolen

This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it's beautiful, it's also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures.

Lovely Beasts by Kate Gardner

Lovely Beasts by Kate Gardner

The author lists several animals that many people would consider scary (sharks), ugly (bats), or creepy (spiders) then explains how they benefit their biological niche, and humans!

Flying Deep by Michelle Cusolito

Flying Deep by Michelle Cusolito

Climb aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible credited with helping to find the Titanic, and take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean. Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot and join scientists at the seafloor to collect samples and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in an underwater craft and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans. Extensive back matter explains how Alvin works, describes the author's research and includes a glossary and further reading.