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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: a.l.f.a. mates, amy sandas, anna schmidt, B&N, christmas in a cowboy's arms, , , hot pursuit, jennifer beckstand, , kelly long, leigh greenwood, linda broday, lisa jones baker, margaret brownley, , milly taiden, , rosanne bittner, snowdrift and other stories, the amish christmas candle   

    Romance Roundup: Shapeshifters, Horrible (And Sexy) Bosses, and Cowboy Christmas Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who just wants to have a good Christmas and get away from her pushy boss, short holiday story collections, and a scientist who gets help from a sexy shapeshifter to recover her research.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Hot Pursuit, by Julie Ann Walker
    Don’t let that fancy motorcycle shop on Chicago’s South Side fool you—it’s filled with hunky—and deadly—covert operatives who protect their country and their women. (That said, each one is matched up with a strong lady who can handle her own—and her guy!) Enter Christian Watson. He’s a former military officer who can talk the talk and walk the walk. (Oh, yes, Christian, we do like to watch you walk!) He’s got the hots for office manager Emily Scott. As for Emily, well, no one would blame her for wanting a man as tasty as Christian. Can they fight the bad guys together while working on their burning attraction? (And, ya know, also making sure the office is in order and the phone is answered and the supply closet is stocked with leather jackets?) This is the latest installment in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Snowdrift and Other Stories, by Georgette Heyer
    Fans of Georgette Heyer can rejoice! This volume contains 14 short stories by the author, who wrote many a Regency romance à la Jane Austen. (Can’t go wrong with either authoress!) Some of these stories have been out of circulation for quite a while now, so this is the perfect opportunity to read them, and to truly immerse oneself in another world and trade the troubles of today for the troubles of yore. (Which aren’t that different, really, if we think about it.) These stories contain feisty heroines, the most awful of villains, mystery, and, of course, romance galore. So fashion your hair in a style Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood would admire, put on the kind of music Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy would dance to, and get to reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    A.L.F.A. Mates, by Milly Taiden
    Two sexy shapeshifting stories in one! In “Elemental Mating,” scientist Melinda Caster needs to figure out who is after her Zika research. (Major shout-out to women scientists everywhere! All of your research deserves all of the funding!) Her lab was broken into, which is SO not cool. She soon gets the help of jaguar-shifter Parish Hamel, who would make any scientific professional want to unbutton her lab coat. Can Parish help Melinda find out who the bad guy is, and ultimately be the Bunsen burner to her beaker? In “Mating Needs,” Amerella Capone is trying to stay out of some majorly shady family business. (She’s a descendant of Al Capone, so talk about a persistent family legacy.) Cougar-shifter Francois Dubois is called upon to protect our gal. They, too, have a history together that just won’t go away, and that flame is burning more hotly than ever. (Amerella, seems like this is a blast from your past you can totally embrace!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms, by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas
    Yes, yes, yes!!! Several short(er) stories that feature Christmas AND cowboys! Did you hear that? Cowboys! This means they will chop wood, care for the horses, AND put up the Christmas tree – and they’ll still have the energy to keep their ladies warm at night wearing nothing but a Stetson! These stories feature guys who were bad and then turned good (but stayed bad in the good ways, if that makes sense), lonely guys who found love, and more. So put on your coziest flannel shirt, a leather item of your choice (the lovely smell will help bring on the vivid visuals), and sit by a fireplace if ya got one, or put on one of those fireplace YouTube videos on in the background. Happy reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    The Amish Christmas Candle, by Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstand, and Lisa Jones Baker
    Time for our Amish romance fix! In Long’s “Snow Shine on Ice Mountain,” Naomi Gish ends up working next to Gray Fisher in her family’s candle shop. Naomi soon realizes there is far more to Gray than his fine physique. In Beckstand’s “A Honeybee Christmas,” Bitsy Kiem is ready to have some fun. She gave up the Englisch life to raise her three nieces Amish. Now they’re all married, so Bitsy, you do you! But wait! Widower Yost Weaver is around, and he wants to show Bitsy that she has a lot to stay plain for. In Baker’s “The Christmas Candle,” Lydia isn’t too thrilled about doing good holiday deeds without her sister around. Mennonite John King is willing to help, though, and he and Lydia soon realize they’d like to make this holiday dual effort a more permanent one that includes marriage and a whole passel of babies. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Dave K. 8:00 pm on 2017/09/29 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, , editor's picks,   

    The Best New Vinyl to Spin This October 

    With fall officially here, we’ve got a bunch of autumnal music selections coming to the Vinyl Store in October! Among them are new records from Robert Plant, Margo Price, Beck, and Weezer. And just in time for Halloween, we’ve got a spooky, exclusive picture disc for the official soundtrack to Stephen King’s It. Don’t miss any of these great records, and keep checking Barnes & Noble’s Vinyl Store for more of your favorite music!

    Colors, by Beck
    Beck’s music is so timeless, it’s easy to forget how long he’s been around—Colors is his 13th studio album. Thanks to Beck’s touring schedule, it took four years for him to write it and he and producer Greg Kurstin play most of the instruments. How he sustained that level of energy is anyone’s guess, but this record is the most fun music Beck’s released in years. The central melody of “Wow” is a potent earworm, and “Dear Life” is as bouncy as the hipster lounge funk that made him famous in the first place.

    Carry Fire, by Robert Plant
    Rock legend and ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant adds his 11th solo album, Carry Fire, to his impressive discography. Collaborating once again with the Sensational Space Shifters, Plant (unlike many of his contemporaries) wrote most of what you’ll hear on this album, and what he and his band have created is fascinating. Carry Fire combines Middle Eastern, American, and Celtic music to create a stompy, psychedelic folk sound. The tone changes from song to song, too: opening track “The May Queen” is pretty upbeat, whereas the title track is downright haunting, due in no small part to the judicious use of an electric oud.

    All American Made, by Margo Price
    Country singer Margo Price’s sophomore album, All American Made, follows what many critics called the best album of 2016, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. It’s also an immensely satisfying record for country fans, balancing the old-school sound of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette with the clever lyrics and alt-country swagger of Neko Case. “A Little Pain” is a perfect example of how her sound blends modern and traditional country; the band keeps it simple, the lyrics are playful, and she belts out notes with tuning fork accuracy. “Weakness,” released as an EP earlier this year, does the same thing, and proves that country music can still reach people no matter where they live.

    It Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Film scoring is a difficult and exacting process, and horror film scores have the additional complication of needing to be scary and compelling. Many horror films go for abstract compositions, but for the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s It, Benjamin Wallfisch went full orchestral. In so doing, he’s created one of the most interesting, and moving, film scores we’ve heard in a while. The tender, melancholy piano that drives “Paper Boat,” for example, flows seamlessly into the strings-heavy tension of “Georgie, Meet Pennywise.” The whole score functions that way, and when tense, discordant tracks like “Time to Float” arrive, they have a lot more impact.

    Meaning of Life, by Kelly Clarkson
    Meaning of Life is Clarkson’s eighth album, but her first for Atlantic Records, having finally completed the RCA contract she won on American Idol back in 2002. To mark this occasion, Clarkson decided to veer away from her well-established pop/rock sound and explore soul and R&B music. That turns out to be a wonderful idea, because this album is a fun, fierce breath of fresh air. “Love So Soft” expresses Clarkson’s vocal range in a new way, with a refreshing trap vibe and funky horns, and “Move You” has legitimate slow jam percussion, gospel hand claps, and a massive vocal performance that aims for pure emotion and hit it dead-on.

    Pacific Daydream, by Weezer
    Described by the band as “the Beach Boys gone wrong,” this album even has a song called “Beach Boys,” and captures what can only be described as an avant-garde summer vibe. “Mexican Fender” tells the kind of boy-meets-girl story that’s central to every beach movie, but in a fractured, unconventional way that only Rivers Cuomo could pull off. Meanwhile, “Feels Like Summer” is unrestrained pop that exaggerates beginning-of-summer excitement to the point of madness.

    What tracks are you spinning this month?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 6:00 pm on 2017/09/13 Permalink
    Tags: B&N, craft, how to be a writer, , ,   

    20 Books That Belong on Every Writer’s Bookshelf 

    Like painting, wine, and the human condition, writing is something that can stand up to a lifetime if study. Wherever you are in your journey as a writer, it’s essential to keep your bookshelves well stocked with inspiring mentor texts and reference books that will help you develop your craft. The books on this list will enrich your writing life and deepen your skills, while also lifting your spirits and reminding you why writers devote their hearts and minds to this exceptional art form. Write on, writers! Write on!

    [ean1]The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White
    In general, it makes sense to leave the editing to editors, and instead focus your time and energy on developing your craft. But the most compelling stories are easy to read, and this master class in being clear, succinct, and sensible on the page is essential reading for any writer.

    [ean2]The Plot Whisperer, by Martha Alderson
    For those struggling to give your story a compelling beginning, middle, and end, Alderson guides writers to a deeper understanding of the universal story structure driving everything from fairy tales to multiverse sci-fi operas. You might even learn something about the story of your own life.

    The Art of Character, by David Corbett
    Ask editors what they’re looking for, and they’ll likely say some variation on, “I’ll know it when I see it.” But if pressed, they may admit they’re searching for books with characters readers will fall in love with so hard they’ll want to follow them anywhere. Develop your ability to create memorable, relatable characters with author David Corbett’s practical and inspiring guide.

    [ean4]Wonderbook, by Jeff VanderMeer
    Fantasy and sci-fi writers will love this illustrated guide to world building and storytelling. Filled with maps, advice, essays from writers like Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin, plus online extras, it’s a book you will return to again and again.

    Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
    When you need a dose of been-there-done-that courage, this wise, warm exploration of creativity will guide you. It’s filled with actionable advice, thoughtful metaphors, a deep understanding of the creative process, and, yes, maybe even the little bit of magic that’s needed to spark your own creative spirit.

    [ean6]The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman
    As humans, our emotional vocabulary may be woefully underdeveloped, but writers can’t afford to blur the lines between anger and annoyance. This reference book parses the nuances between everything from desperation and disappointment to scorn and smugness. Each entry includes body language suggestions and more. Sure to inspire psychological debates—and better drafts!

    Still Writing, by Dani Shapiro
    Part writing memoir, part craft book, all infused with a creative spirit any artist can relate to, this is a modern classic that belongs on every writer’s bookshelf. Divided into Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, it’s really the title that drives the message: against all odds, Shapiro is still writing and encourages you to keep writing too.

    Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
    The master of succinct, precise writing lets loose with essays on the creative process. His love for writing is soaked into every page, and you’re sure to finish this book feeling inspired and reassured that the effort you put into your work is worth it.

    [ean9]The Art of Slow Writing, by Louise DeSalvo
    Ah now, doesn’t the title just make you feel better? Slow writing. What a lovely idea in a world that regularly promises you can write a book in thirty days or crank out a bestseller every year. DeSalvo’s wise and practical book is deeply comforting as she lights the way, away from insanity and toward a creative process that’s mysterious, meaningful, and rewarding.

    [ean10]Story Genius, by Lisa Cron
    With an intriguing refusal to take a side with the pantsers or outliners, Cron recommends a new approach to storytelling that promises exciting plotlines, meaningful themes, and strong early drafts. Her secret? New research into brain science that shows how writers can engage readers at a fundamental, deeply compelling level.

    [ean11]The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
    Millions of artists, dancers, and, yes, writers, swear by Cameron’s immersive approach to creativity. Whether you’re feeling stuck, want to take your work to the next level, or are looking to experiment with a new technique, this twelve-week program will inspire you to do more than write. It will inspire you to live like a writer.

    [ean12]On Writing, by Stephen King
    More than a how-to guide written by a serial bestselling author, this is a master class in the craft of writing, as well as a celebration of its power. Generous, warm, helpful, and entertaining, this is a book that’s a pleasure to read and a delight to return to.

    [ean13]Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
    Written with humor and wisdom, this is a practical guide to developing your craft. There are exercises for developing your voice (and your ear), establishing a routine, overcoming self-doubt, and more. Find out why this book has been in print for over thirty years.

    [ean14]The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
    In her trademark poetic prose, Dillard explores what it means to be a writer. Give this to someone who doesn’t understand their late-night bursts of inspiration or someone who is secretly a writer but doesn’t yet know it.

    [ean15]Reading Like a Writer, by Francine Prose
    One of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to become a better writer is to read more and analyze the books you love. Prose’s guide to reading will help you make the most of your time, with tips on using your favorite books as inspiration in your own writing.

    [ean16]Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
    Filled with memorable metaphors and reassuring imagery, this is the book that’s on every writing syllabus. It leaves readers feeling braver, smarter, and more dedicated to their craft. And if you’re not yet in a writing class, it will help you be your own best teacher.

    [ean17]Drawing Your Own Path, by John Simon
    Sometimes to grow, writers need to take a break from words. This collection of meditative drawing exercises will help you tap into your intuition and write more mindfully. (If it’s good enough for Ruth Ozeki, it’s good enough for us!)

    [ean18]Letters to a Young Writer, by Colum McCann
    The books on this list are as much about mindset as method, and this collection of lessons on how to be a writer (and an interesting human) is a lovely combination of the two approaches all on its own. A call to empathy, poetry, truth, and light, this is a rallying cry for new and old writers alike.

    [ean19]The Art of X-Ray Reading, by Roy Peter Clark
    Time spent with a masterpiece is never wasted, especially when you’re analyzing it carefully. From The Great Gatsby to The Bluest Eye, Clark invites readers to glean meaning and inspiration from the classics in a way that will inform your writing for years to come.

    [ean20]Scratch, by Manjula Martin
    At some point, after you develop your craft, you’ll probably be eager to start earning money. This book tackles taboos and digs into the nitty-gritty detail of how writers make a living with essays from Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Franzen, Roxane Gay, and more, making it essential reading for any writer who hopes to be paid for the privilege of making art.

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2017/08/09 Permalink
    Tags: abc dream, B&N, baby faces, baby loves quarks, charley harper abc's, color me: who's in the pond?, dinoblock, feminist baby, good night stories for rebel girls, goodnight goodnight construction site, , goodnight songs, i like myself, , if i had a little dream, mr. brown can moo!, pat the bunny, peek a who, potty, , the boss baby, the finger sports game, the runaway bunny, the wonderful things you will be, welcome, where the wild things are,   

    The 50 Best Books to Bring to a Baby Shower 

    There’s nothing sweeter than welcoming a new baby into the world with a library of favorite books that say “We can’t wait to show you how amazing this place we call home is!” The books on this list will earn smiles at any shower—whether the theme is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Bollywood Baby, or somewhere in between. Some are traditional favorites. Others are modern classics. Many fall into classic board book categories, teaching shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and feelings. Animals, transportation, community, and nature are all popular themes, along with nerdy topics like quarks and chemistry. There are also more literary titles that include song lyrics, rhyming text, or characters that early readers will fall in love with. They all say “Welcome to the world, little one!

    Baby Faces, by Kate Merritt
    Anything in the Indestructibles series is a practical and playful gift for little hands, and this is an especially baby friendly title. Gnawing, slobbering, and tearing are no match for these super duper books, making them a favorite of parents and babies.

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli
    Consider bedtime handled. With 100 stories about the lives of 100 women, including Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai, this collection will leave kids feeling sleepy, inspired, and just a wee bit rebellious.

    Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
    As nostalgic as they come, Pat the Bunny has been a favorite for generations. There’s the peekaboo cloth, fragrant flowers, Daddy’s scratchy beard—and of course the fuzzy bunny! Introduce a new generation to this favorite title at your next shower.

    Dinoblock, by Christopher Franceschelli
    The books in this super chunky series are so satisfying to hold, and dinosaurs are a perennial favorite of kiddos. This title highlights the shape of classic dinosaurs like the long necked brachiosaurus with a guessing game kids will want to play for eons.

    Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
    This book has been given to many new parents, studied by generations of writers and editors, and beloved by millions of children. Perhaps soon someone will write a thesis on it. Although the question of what makes this a classic is academic—children love it!

    Goodnight Songs, by Margaret Wise Brown
    Or put a modern spin on classic Margaret Wise Brown with this posthumously published collection of the children’s songs she wrote. Each tune is illustrated by a modern artist and included on a pitch perfect CD that will easily find its way into the bedtime routine.

    If I Had a Little Dream, by Nina Laden
    Published in 2017, this dreamy book is already a classic. Filled with wonder, love, and lyrical language, this is a book that wishes only the best for our children. And the illustrations are beyond beautiful.

    Baby Loves Quarks!, by Ruth Spiro
    It’s never too early to nerd out with your baby when it means reading a charming, colorful book together. This simple yet accurate introduction to the invisible world of physics is a great way to inspire a love of science and awe for our amazing world.

    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
    There aren’t a ton of picture books that belong in a baby’s library, but this is one of them. It’s a book that has inspired hundreds of writers, children, and even parents to embrace their inner monsters and trust that we will always belong at home, no matter how wild we get. What better way to say “Welcome, little one”?

    Welcome, by Mo Willems
    For anyone who has wished life came with a user guide, this book is a clever introduction to the weird, wonderful thing we call life. Addressed to babies, this is a witty book parents and older siblings will treasure as well.

    The Finger Sports Game, by Hervé Tullet
    Well known for his fabulously interactive picture books, Tullet brings the same creativity to toddler-friendly board books. There’s no wrong way to play with these books—and lots of silly ways!

    Feminist Baby, by Loryn Brantz
    Rhyming text has never been so subversive. Long overdue, this board book stars an irrepressible girl who is ready to take on the patriarchy. Extra points if you give this to parents having a boy!

    Mr. Brown Can Moo!, by Dr. Seuss
    Seuss is a classic gift, and this short but silly board book is a baby-friendly read-aloud. There are plenty of opportunities to show off your sound effects with moos, buzzs, tick tocks, and more.

    I Wish You More, by Amy Krause Rosenthal
    Go ahead and buy the whole Amy Krause Rosenthal catalog. It will be treasured throughout childhood! But if you want to limit yourself to just one book, this lovely poem is the perfect place to start. It’s like a book and a heartfelt card all in one.

    The Boss Baby, by Marla Frazee
    When you bring a new baby home, it doesn’t take long before you realize who’s boss, and it isn’t you. This witty book celebrates pint-size CEOs in all their managerial glory (and just might help Mom and Dad feel a little less alone too).

    The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
    Part of the magic of being so very little is having so very many possibilities lying before you. Wise and dreamy, this book invites children to imagine all they can be and does it in a way that’s never heavy, but rather as uplifting and whimsical as a boy floating up, up, and away on a bouquet of balloons.

    Peek-a-Who?, by Nina Laden
    Spinning the classic peekaboo game into a menagerie of animal-themed questions, reading this book becomes a game that parents and kids can enjoy together. (Spoiler alert: The last page includes a mirror…peekayou?)

    Tap the Magic Tree, by Christie Matheson
    Bring the magic of nature inside with this interactive book that follows a single tree through the seasons. Readers will delight as they pat, jiggle, and clap page by page and watch as the illustrated leaves grow.

    Color Me: Who’s in the Pond?, by Surya Sajnani
    All the Wee Gallery books feature black and white illustrations that are easy for newborn eyes to see. This illustrated bath book includes a special ink that changes color when it gets wet. Perfect for older babies and toddlers who need a little enticement for getting wet.

    The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
    There are a few authors on this list more than once, and it’s because they’re so stinking talented. This classic story of a bunny and his mother’s love still makes grownups cry. It’s a beautiful way to say I love you at bedtime each night.

    Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, by Jimmy Fallon
    Don’t forget dad at the shower. This book is a funny (and clever) way to tilt the scales toward Baby saying “Dada” before “Mama.” A gift sure to get a laugh and an appreciative smile from new fathers!

    Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker
    From the first rhyming line to the last, this book is a satisfying bedtime poem that is perfect for truck-obsessed littles. The sophisticated writing will make it a book new parents look forward to reading again and again and again.

    I Like Myself!, by Karen Beaumont
    Throwing aside superficial cares like curly hair and bad breath, this exuberant ode to self-esteem is sure to inspire resiliency, self acceptance, and even a little compassion for others. Rhyming text makes the reading experience even more satisfying.

    Charley Harper ABC’s, by Charley Harper
    There’s something about Harper’s art that is perfect for bright eyed little ones. Graphic, bold, and filled with lively animals, it begs to be admired again and again. This title introduces the alphabet with style.

    ABC Dream, by Kim Krans
    Sidestep the traditional gifts with this wise take on the standard ABC format. Wordless but filled with images that invite alliteration and imagination, this is a gorgeous book for little ones who are always looking, looking, looking.

    Potty, by Leslie Patricelli
    Pair this book with a box of diapers or a kid-size potty, and you’ll have the most popular gift at the shower. With her signature humor and bold illustrations, the author addresses one of the classic pain points of parenting in a way that kids will adore.

    Touch and Explore Farm, by Xavier Deneux
    This is not your grandma’s touch-and-feel book. Multisensory elements enhance sophisticated design and modern illustrations to engage kiddos on every level. Don’t be surprised if you find your own hands longing to lift the flaps too!

    The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
    Help kiddos feel at home in the world and at ease with people of all colors with this book that reveals there are many shades of brown—and they’re all beautiful. This walk through a neighborhood will be a favorite for kids of all colors.

    This Little President, by Joan Holub
    Prime pint-size patriots to know their history with this simple, bright intro to the American presidents. Perfect for family field trips, holidays, and any baby born on the Fourth of July!

    Before & After, by Jean Julien
    A clever collection of before-and-after scenes, this book will have kids of all ages giggling and wondering what’s next. There’s a pregnant woman, an ice cream cone, and a roller-coaster—all with their funny outcomes revealed on the next page. Expertly paced, this is a book that will inspire your own games and questions.

    The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
    If this classic title still brings a tear to your eye, it’s the perfect gift for a new niece or nephew. Or give it directly to a new parent who is selflessly caring for an infant the way the giving tree cares for his little boy. This is a gift that grows with readers, whatever age they are!

    TouchThinkLearn Opposites, by Xavier Deneux
    Xavier Deneux is another one who deserves to be on this list more than once. He is totally in sync with babies’ developmental milestones and the designs that adults find sophisticated and compelling. The TouchThinkLearn series features diecuts, a colorful, graphic design, and clever juxtapositions. Opposites is a great place to dive into this series.

    1 2 3 Count with Me, by Tiger Tales
    Help little ones practice the skills they need for reading and writing with this tacticle series. The counting title is filled with traceable numbers up to 20. Happy illustrations reinforce the concepts for visual learners.

    Everywhere Babies, by Susan Meyers
    A poem about all the many things busy babies do from morning to night, this book is a delight to read again and again, because there are always new details to uncover. And diverse characters in the illustrations make this a welcome present for modern families that might not fit the traditional mold.

    Pantone: Colors, by Pantone
    Let little ones learn colors in the most design-savvy way possible, from the masters of colors themselves—Pantone. Just don’t be surprised if one day you spy a swatch book peeking out of the diaper bag!

    The Odyssey: A BabyLit Primer, by Jennifer Adams
    The BabyLit books are both stunningly nerdy and totally kid friendly. Bright illustrations and simple allusions to classics like The Odyssey make it easy to introduce Baby to great literature. When they are ready to embark on more reading adventures, there’s BabyLit Pride & Prejudice, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Frankenstein.

    Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
    Let the days of “I love you more” and “No I love you more” begin! This sweet classic celebrates the epic love parents have for their kids and kids have for their parents. It’s the perfect bedtime book to add to their new library.

    All Aboard! National Parks, by Haily Meyers
    The All Aboard! series encourages new readers to see the world from their crib. With everything from puffins and bison, this wildlife primer introduces American animals that any young explorer would be glad to know!

    All in a Day, by Cynthia Rylant
    Simple, evocative illustrations paired with text that encourages children to take care of the Earth and make the most of each day make this book a treasured keepsake. Adults will appreciate the wisdom. Children will be drawn in by the rhythm of the text.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
    If there’s one book every baby should know, it’s this classic diecut board book. Little fingers can wiggle along as they watch everyone’s favorite green caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly. Along the way, kiddos will also learn the days of the week and how to count.

    Paris: A Book of Shapes, by Ashley Evanson
    Introduce shapes in the chicest of ways with this Paris-inspired title from the Hello, World series. Each book teaches basic concepts like shapes using stylish illustrations of famous cities. Paris? New York? London? And more? You might even inspire a nursery theme!

    Baby Touch and Feel: Animals, by DK
    With the high-quality photographs DK is known for and touch-and-feel elements like fur and bumps, this book is engaging for new readers and anyone who learns through touch. And don’t bunnies make anything better? Even spit up at midnight?

    You Are My Baby: Ocean, by Lorena Siminovich
    Each title in this series features a new theme and a book-within-a-book format that will delight parents and their babies. Simple introductions to basic concepts are also included in the sweet illustrations. This title follows a baby whale and his mama on an ocean journey.

    So Many Stars, by Andy Warhol
    Soup cans. Celebrity obsessions. And playful children’s books? Yes, Andy Warhol was a man of so many talents. And this effervescent modern classic is one your artistic friends and family will be delighted to discover. They may even want to frame it!

    Besos for Baby, by Jen Arena and Blanca Gomez
    Share some Spanish kisses with your loved ones with this simple bilingual real-aloud. Its cheery illustrations and sweet text are sure to inspire muchos cuddles, giggles, and besos!

    Peekaboo!, by Taro Gomi
    Before Baby is ready for the classic Everyone Poops, you can introduce Taro Gomi’s winning style with engaging board books. This one turns into a mask that’s perfect for playing (you guessed it) peekaboo with everything from frogs to robots.

    Hug, by Jez Alborough
    There’s nothing better than a huge hug from someone who loves you, and this monkey knows it! He is on a hunt for a good hug, and readers will love following along as he spreads the love.

    I’ll See You in the Morning, by Mike Jolley
    The perfect way to end the day, this poetic board book will soothe young and old as they wind down for bed. Snuggles, gentle sighs, and smiles are all invited. Monsters who live under the bed are not allowed!

    The Skin You Live In, by Michael Tyler
    As people start to understand that being color blind isn’t as dreamy as it sounds, this book celebrates all the ways we are are the same and the beautiful ways we are different. Help children embrace diversity in themselves, their friends, and their family with this playful book.

    Cozy Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Jack Wang
    Another entry in the smart-but-sweet category, this series features simple felt versions of stories like Moby Dick, Emma, and Les Misérables. It’s a cozy way to introduce kiddos to the classics!

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  • Joel Cunningham 3:00 am on 2017/07/06 Permalink
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    Celebrate the Art of Cosplay During Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble 

    Even if you’ve never attended a fan convention, you’ve probably seen the impressive photos of fans decked out in all the regalia of their favorite pop culture heroes. From mainstream superheroes to obscure references to internet culture, the art of cosplay is quickly becoming a favorite way to prove your enthusiasm for your favorite pop culture fandoms—and it’s taking center stage at Barnes & Noble this year during Get Pop-Cultured!

    On July 29, select participating Barnes & Noble locations will host a Cosplay Celebration event the whole family can enjoy—whether you come dressed as your favorite character or are just looking to find out how you can join in the fun.

    The day begins with a Superhero Storytime for younger children. From there, the stores will play host to a convention-style event featuring a “how to” workshop for novice cosplayers, a cosplay parade, and a costume showcase. There will also be trivia, coloring activities, giveaways, and more*.

    Cosplay: a fun way to celebrate the fandoms you love—and show others how you really feel.

    * Contact your local participating Barnes & Noble store for more details.

    The post Celebrate the Art of Cosplay During Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

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