The Chronicle Books Holiday Gift Guide

The Chronicle Books Holiday Gift Guide
December 5, 2018Book Love0 Comments Jenna Homen

Let the book-giving commence! Find the perfect gift for that special someone, and browse everything we have to offer here.

For the Animal Lovers

For the Cooks, Bakers, and Cocktail MakersFor the Kids and TweensFor the Literary LoversFor the Gal PalsFor the Entertainment BuffsFor the CreativesStocking Stuffers

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For the Animal Lovers

Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior — With revolutionary tips for specific dog breeds, this book will change the life of every dog owner and lead to happier human-canine relationships. By Kim Brophey

Juniper: The Happiest Fox — With gorgeous photos, a charming narrative about Juniper’s life, and a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to live with a fox, this book will capture the heart of any animal lover. By Jessika Coker

I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) — From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all. By Davide Cali, illustrated by Anna Pirolli

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo — HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children’s picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. By Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

Animal City — In this bright picture book, Nina journeys to a secret jungle city populated by animals, plants, and lost objects. The reason for her visit is story hour, where a book’s power holds the wild in thrall. By Joan Negrescolor

Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography — Bold, surprising, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, this collection of photographs features the winners of the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. Compiled by Rhonda Rubinstein and the California Academy of Sciences


For the Cooks, Bakers, and Cocktail Makers

Nightcap — This gifty, foil-accented book contains more than 40 cocktail recipes—some to keep the night going, some that will help ease you to sleep, some that can double as dessert, and some that can soothe the stomach after a hearty meal. By Kara Newman

Little Book of Jewish Feasts — Leah Koenig shares 25 globally inspired Jewish holiday main dishes that will satisfy and delight, from Balsamic and Brown Sugar Brisket to Poppy Seed Chicken Schnitzel to Wild Greens Pie. By Leah Koenig

Cheese Balls — This cheerfully cheesy cookbook with a die-cut cover and exposed spine collects more than 30 simple recipes for this retro treat as well as quick and easy dippers and toppings to serve alongside. By Dena Rayess

The Vintage Baker — Blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s are rendered with irresistible charm for modern tastes in this sweet package. By Jessie Sheehan

From Crook to Cook Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen — Delivering 50 recipes straight from his own collection, Snoop’s cookbook features OG staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. By Snoop Dogg

Platters and Boards — Organized by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with gorgeous photography, easy-to-prepare recipes, suggested meat and drink pairings, and notes on preparation and presentation. By Shelley Westerhausen

Once Upon a Chef — With the authority of a professional chef and the practicality of a busy working mom, Jenn Segal teaches you to improve your cooking one recipe at a time, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers. By Jennifer Segal

Now & Again — Now & Again will change the way we gather, eat, and think about leftovers, and, like the name suggests, you’ll find yourself reaching for its pages time and time again. You’ll find more than 125 delicious and doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas for cooks of any skill level. By Julia Turshen

Season — The bold flavors of Indian cooking combine with familiar ingredients and recipes of the American South and California in this beautiful cookbook. Named one of the best and most anticipated cookbooks by The New York Times, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Eater, Grub Street, The New Yorker, TheKitchn, Delish, and The Forward, and the October 2018 Book Club Pick for Bon Appetit. By Nik Sharma


For the Kids and Tweens

Baby Unicorn + Baby Reindeer — Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of Business Relationships together. By Chronicle Books, illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang and Victoria Ying

The Language of Spells — At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is a middle grade novel full of adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship. By Garret Weyr, illustrated by Katie Harnett

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book — Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing. By Alice Kuipers, illustrated by Diana Toledano

Hats of Faith — With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world. By Medeia Cohan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

I Wish You More — Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

What Can a Citizen Do? — Empowering and timeless, What Can a Citizen Do? is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo behind the bestselling Her Right Foot: Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today’s youth about what it means to be a citizen. By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

Press Here — Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book—who knows what will happen next! By Hervé Tullet

Construction Site on Christmas Night— Playful rhyming text from the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and vibrant illustrations from the acclaimed artist AG Ford make this a perfect gift for construction fans everywhere. By Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by AG Ford

Hello Hello — Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. By Brendan Wenzel

Everything & Everywhere — From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky, fact-filled adventure for curious globe-trotters, young and old. By Marc Martin


For the Literary Lovers

Magic Library: A Jacob’s Ladder for Book Lovers — Crafted from wood and hand-painted to look like a stack of leather-bound volumes, it will keep your imagination in perpetual motion. By Chronicle Books

Card Catalog Notecards — Evoking memories of book-filled libraries, this handy notecard set reproduces the original cards used to keep track of literary classics.

Bibliophile Vases — These literary-themed vases add a dash of bookish charm to any room. By Jane Mount

Writers and Their Cats — Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Haruki Murakami, Ursula K. Le Guin—this volume celebrates 45 famous authors who have shared their homes and hearts with furry feline friends. By Alison Nastasi

Do Story: How to Tell Your Story So the World Listens — Do Story teaches the art of telling powerful stories. The book includes short stories on a variety of subjects; taken together they demonstrate a range of effective narrative techniques. By Bobette Buster

Dubious Documents: A Puzzle — From the creator of the bestselling Griffin & Sabine series comes a visual epistolary puzzle. Readers must study Berlin’s introductory note, list of clues, and 16 multifaceted notes and envelopes to decode cryptic anagrams, picturegrams, number puzzles, and wordplay. When solved, each clue reveals one word—but the rest remains a mystery. By Nick Bantock

Bibliophile — Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. By Jane Mount

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures — Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library’s magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world’s most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years. Compiled by Library of Congress, foreword by Carla Hayden

A Note of Explanation: An Undiscovered Story from Queen Mary’s Dollhouse — A Note of Explanation is a previously unknown work by iconic writer Vita Sackville-West. Written in 1922, it was recently rediscovered as a miniature book in Queen Mary’s dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Witty and stylish, the story recounts the antics of a time-traveling sprite who inhabits the dollhouse. By Vita Sackville-West, illustrated by Kate Baylay


For the Gal Pals

Here’s to You! My Incredible Friend — A one-of-a-kind way to celebrate a rad girlfriend, this gift is literally full of surprises: on every page inside, a collection of pockets and envelopes contain mini gifts to fill in and personalize for her. By Lucy Mail

A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness — Follow a serene and smiley sloth through a series of light meditations and daily reflections with this unexpected and snuggable guide. By Ton Mak

Bosom Buddies — Featuring 25 remarkable and inspiring female friendships throughout history, Bosom Buddies is an illustrated celebration of these empowering relationships between women. Great as a Galentine’s Day gift or to share with your best girlfriend, just because. By Violet Zhang, art by Sally Nixon

Moon Journal: A Journey of Self-Reflection Through the Astrological Year — This beautiful journal uses the moon’s movement to connect readers with nature and encourage reflection on dreams, goals, relationships, and so much more. By Sandy Sitron

The Snuggle is Real — Shark! Who goes there? In this all-new collection of vibrantly illustrated wordplay from artist Frida Clements, lovely flora and fauna drawings meet funny hand-lettered sayings and offer fresh ways to have a little pun. By Frida Clements

A Woman’s Drink — Filled with gorgeous cocktails and favorite drinks from notable women, this chic book celebrates a new cocktail culture that’s distinctly and unapologetically feminine. Featuring 50 mixed drinks—including classics like Cosmos and Negronis, as well as new spins like Elderflower Bellinis—the cocktails in this book are strong, spirited, and bold, just like the women who drink them. By Natalka Burian

Legendary Ladies — Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. By Ann Shen

Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life — Hygge & West Home offers a look into 20 covetable homes designed to promote feelings of coziness, companionship, and comfort, from an intimate apartment in San Francisco to a log cabin in Wyoming, a family home in Minneapolis, and a colorful oasis in Brooklyn. By Aimee Lagos, by Christiana Coop


For the Entertainment Buffs

The Aggretsuko Guide to Office Life — A 25-year-old red panda who’s Sanrio’s newest character and has her own Netflix show, Aggretsuko lives a stressful work life that’s all too relatable. In this helpful handbook, Aggretsuko offers tips on how to deal with annual holiday parties, avoid colleagues after hours, circumvent oversharing coworkers, and most importantly—how to RAGE (preferably in heavy-metal karaoke sessions). By Sanrio

Be Everything at Once — Cartoonist Dami Lee’s hilarious four-panel comic collection illustrates her experience navigating identity, relationships, pop culture, and misunderstandings about basic human interactions, from growing up as a South Korean immigrant kid in the foreign land of Texas to finding her home as a professional cartoonist in cyberspace. By Dami Lee

Cut in Half — What exactly is inside a laptop, a golf ball, a vacuum cleaner, or a novelty singing fish toy? The insides of these and dozens of other objects are revealed in this photographic exploration of the stuff all around us, exposed and explained. By Mike Warren, photographs by Jonothan Woodward

History as They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color — Featuring 120 historic black-and-white photographs thoroughly restored and rendered in color, this book illuminates some of the most iconic moments in history, from the sinking of the Titanic to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. By Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd

Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe — With original illustrations that deftly explain the strange-but-true world of science, Seeing Science offers a curated ride through the great mysteries of the universe. By Iris Gottlieb


For the Creatives

It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply — With tons of empathy and a touch of humor, artist Carissa Potter offers wisdom on how to move through difficult emotions with practical steps to kick-start the process—ranging from soaking in a tub and having a good cry to talking to houseplants or hosting a private dance party. By Carissa Potter

On Doing Nothing — Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradov weaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. By Roman Muradov

Your Brightest Life Journal — This vibrant workbook helps journalers discover their inner truths, unlock potential, and achieve success. By Caroline Kelso Zook

Mohawk Go-To Notebooks — Notebooks made for creatives by creatives. The Go-To is the ultimate notebook for getting things done, and is sure to help makers, thinkers, and dreamers do their best work. By Chronicle Books

We Inspire Me — Packed with inspiration and ideas from author-illustrator Andrea Pippins, this is a one-of-a-kind handbook for doers and makers looking to expand and nourish their creative community. By Andrea Pippins

Lorna Simpson Collages — Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, the exquisite and thought-provoking collages of world-renowned artist Lorna Simpson explore the richly nuanced language of hair. By Lorna Simpson, introduction by Elizabeth Alexander

Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive — Alex Prager is one of the truly original image makers of our time. She creates delicately staged compositions that are familiar yet strange, utterly compelling, and unerringly memorable. By Alex Prager + Nathalie Herschdorfer, introduction by Michael Govan

#1960Now — Combining portraits of past and present social justice activists with documentary images from recent protests throughout the United States, #1960Now sheds light on the parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter movement of today. By Sheila Pree Bright, iIntroduction by Alicia Garza


Stocking Stuffers

After Dinner Amusements: Do You Remember? — Fifty thought-provoking questions about players’ pasts will spark sweet memories and lively discussion. By Chronicle Books

Pad of Butter — This non-stick notepad—perfect for slathering brilliant ideas onto—makes a charming stocking stuffer and low-calorie gift. By Chronicle Books

Spark Series — Prompts to spark adventure, creativity, romance, and happiness are packaged matchbox-style for inspiration whenever you need it. By Chronicle Books

Mystic Mondays Tarot — This vibrant tarot deck, featuring bright artwork, holographic card edges, and foil exterior, offers fresh interpretations of each of the major and minor arcana in a standard tarot deck. Illustrated by Grace Duong

Crystals: The Stone Deck — This luminous deck makes it easy to bring crystal energy to everyday life. Each card features a photo of a gorgeous crystal on the front and an illuminating description of the stone’s powers on the back (such as why to use serpentine for a fresh start; ametrine for indecision; and kunzite for love). By Andrew Smart

Modern One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book — This five-year diary adds an artful touch to each day—and makes an exceptionally handsome gift for those who love to record and reflect in style. By Moglea

Calm the Chaos — For anyone who feels overwhelmed by endless to-do lists and the stresses of everyday life, this daily journal helps calm inner chaos by inviting users to process “Today” and look ahead to “Tomorrow.” By Nicola Ries Taggart

Letters for a Year of Gratitude — Included are 52 tear out-and-send letters that will inspire a year’s worth of notes of love, appreciation, and thanks to be shared with loved ones and close friends. Keep track of the letters you’ve written in the correspondence log in the back. An Oprah’s Favorite Thing! By Lea Redmond

Drinkin With Lincoln — Celebrate Abraham Lincoln with a night of good old-fashioned fun! Five classic drinking games get a presidential twist in this fun set featuring a unique illustrated card deck and two ready-for-drinkin’ Lincoln screen-printed shot glasses. By Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Bear Hugs Notecards — Wrap your message up in a bear hug! With folded hugging arms and scored waists for a seated display, these 12 die-cut bear cards—including polar, panda, brown, and black bears—are ready to send warm thoughts and a big hug for any occasion. By Chronicle Books

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