Gift Books & Sidelines
has several other 1,000-piece puzzles in 2017, including
Charley Harper: Isle Royale, featuring Harper’s rendering of
the Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior (Feb.), and Mike
Wilkins: Preamble (Feb.), produced in conjunction with the
Smithsonian American Art Museum and featuring license
plates from all 50 states (and D.C.).
For nature lovers Pomegranate is releasing A Flight of Birds: A
Quiz Deck of Avian Collective Nouns (Pomegranate, Feb.),
which tests players’ knowledge of the nouns used to describe
groups of birds (e.g., a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese). The
Sibley Birder’s Life List and Field Diary by David Allen Sibley
(Clarkson Potter, Mar.) is a write-in field guide for all levels of
birders. Botanical Inspirations Deck & Book Set (U.S. Games
Systems, Jan.) features 44 cards with botanical illustrations
with quotations about the symbolism of each flower.
Accompanying it are a drawstring organza pouch and a 100-
page guidebook filled with affirmations and narratives from
history, mythology, lore, and legend that tell the stories of each
In the category of pop-ups there is Paper Blossoms for All Seasons
by Ray Marshall (Chronicle, Mar.), which features a collection
of intricate pop-up paper bouquets that can be used as table
Quarto’s Rock Point Gift & Stationery line has several artisanal
sticker collections coming in 2017, including the Nature
Collection: Put a Sticker on It! 500 Artisanal Stickers for You
to Decorate Your World (Mar.) and the Happy Collection: Put
a Sticker on It!: 500 Artisanal Stickers for You to Decorate Your
For those who like to put stickers on their bodies, Adams
Media is publishing DIY Temporary Tattoo Art: Easy Step-by-Step Instructions for Watercolor, Henna, Flash Tattoos, and
More! (June), which features trendy temporary tattoos from
lifestyle vlogger K.L. Cao.
A Moment in Time Capsule: Capture the Past to Create a
Forever Memory (Rock Point Gift & Stationery, Apr.) contains
a box with eight glass capsules and 24 notes on which the purchaser can chart thoughts, hopes, and predictions for the future.
Interlink is publishing 16 notebooks (Mar.) bound in genuine
tartan cloth. For the amateur meteorologist, Princeton
Architectural Press is releasing Observer’s Notebook: Weather
(Mar.), which allows the user to chart the weather by hand.
Canterbury Classics will release a new series of journals in
March in which verses from the Bible in tiny print form the
lines throughout. The journals also have heat-burnished-Svepa
covers, illustrated endpapers, foil stamping, and colored edges.
The series includes A Journal: The Gospels; A Journal: Psalms;
and A Journal: The Words of Jesus. For typography junkies
there’s Font of Knowledge: A Journal (Clarkson Potter, Apr.).
The New York Times reported that sales of planners have been
growing in recent years, and Pomegranate’s Davisson says that
planners are a growth area for the company. Bad Ass Planner is
one of Pomegranate’s most frequently ordered products. From
Crown’s Clarkson Potter imprint comes Start Where You Are
Week-at-a-Glance Diary by Meera Lee Patel (June), a diary
based on Patel’s popular journal Start Where You Are. The diary
encourages users to look inward as they plan ahead.
The Thing Postcard Book: James Franco (Chronicle, Apr.) is a
collection of 30 postcards in which artist-actor-writer-director
James Franco poses as the characters in his favorite books.
Princeton Architectural Press is releasing Sunprint
Notecards: The Cyanotypes of Anna Atkins (Mar.), which features photograms of botanist Anna Atkins. Accompanying the
photograms are envelopes printed on the inside with cyanotype
images of the handwritten pages of Atkins’s books. The publisher is also releasing Emily Dickinson Notecards (Apr.), in
which the enclosed envelopes are made with prints from the
poet’s pressed-flower albums, and Living Pattern Postcard
Packet (Mar.), which features 24 postcards with images of 12
species of fern.
Women in Science: 100 Postcards (Clarkson Potter, Mar.)
features illustrations from Rachel Ignotofsky’s book Women in
Science. Subtext: 24 Literary Postcards (Clarkson Potter, June)
explains the meanings embedded in famous quotations from
authors including Jane Austen and Shakespeare. Start Where
You Are Note Cards (Clarkson Potter, June) features inspirational note cards by Meera Lee Patel, the creator of the popular
journal book Start Where You Are.
U.S. Games is releasing three spiritual book-and-card sets:
Buddhism Reading Cards (Mar.), meant to introduce readers to
Buddhism in a fun and practical way,
with each card representing one fundamental principal of Buddhism; Mudras
for Awakening the Body (Jan.); and
Angel Reading Cards (Jan.). All sets
include the card decks as well as guidebooks that give readers more insight
into how to use the decks in their day-to-day lives.