Gift Books & Sidelines
CHILDREN’S GIFT BOOKS
Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them (Princeton Architectural
Press, Apr., Ages 7–10) is an illustrated collection of the world’s
most bizarre trees. Princeton Architectural Press also has two
sticker books: Birds of the World: My Nature Sticker Activity Book
(Mar.) and In the Vegetable Garden: My Nature Sticker Activity Book
(Mar.), both for children ages 5–8.
Graphic Arts Books is pubbing a gift
book series for kids ages five and up.
Build It! Make Supercool Models with
Your Lego Classic Set is a new series of
books for young Lego builders. Three
titles are being added to the series this
May: Build It! Things That Go; Build It!
Things That Fly; and Build It! Things That Float.
While kids still love analog, there are a few titles that offer a
bridge to the smartphone life. Smartphone MovieMaker
(Candlewick, Mar.) is a guide to making movies on a smartphone. It includes a box that can be used to project films from
a smartphone. It also includes card sheets with which kids can
make retro popcorn boxes and tickets with which to invite
friends to their screenings. Color Snap App (Candlewick, July)
is a twist on the coloring book in which kids color in the pages
of the book and then photograph them using an app that transforms the still images into animated films.
WALDO TURNS 30
For the past three decades, children (and adults) have been
searching for that guy in the red-and-white striped shirt.
Candlewick has three Waldo titles this May: Where’s Waldo?
30th Anniversary Edition, which features a letter from Waldo
about his decades of travel; Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential
Travel Collection, which includes six postcards to color in; and
Where’s Waldo? The Coloring Collection.
Animalium Poster Book (Candlewick, Mar.) features images from
Big Picture Press’s bestselling Animalium.
In 2017 Chronicle is releasing Ice Cream Scoop Puzzle (May),
which features 16 double-sided scoop-shaped puzzle pieces so that
kids can create their own ice cream concoctions, and Towering
Tree Puzzle (Mar.), which features interlocking branches.
CrackBoom Books, an imprint of Chouette Publishing, is
releasing Farm Animals Fun Box (Mar.), which includes a book
about a child spending the day on his grandparents’ farm and
a 36-piece double-sided jigsaw puzzle that can be colored in.
In the world of kids card sets, Chronicle is releasing the
World of Eric Carle Animal Counting Cards (Mar.), featuring
punch-out numbers from one to 10 accompanied by Carle’s famous illustrations, and also from Chronicle is Bumper-to-Bumper Cars & Trucks Flashcards (Apr.), featuring 20 vehi-cle-shaped flash cards.
Simon & Schuster Children’s has a new gift book line, New
Books for Newborns, designed for new parents. The Little
Simon imprint is launching four new books to start the series
this spring, including Good Night, My Darling Baby (Mar.), a
bedtime story in which animals tuck in their babies; Mama
Loves You So (Mar.); Blanket of Love (May); and Welcome Home,
A gift for toddlers is Chronicle’s Peek-a-Boo Stroller Cards:
On the Farm (Apr.), which contains animal peek-a-boo masks
that affix to a stroller or wherever else a toddler may end up.
Little Bee Books has several activity
offerings: Mishmania: Cool as a Cucumber
(Feb., ages 5–10), which includes activities for kids based around food; Rain,
Rain, Go Away! (Feb., ages 5–10), which
includes coloring to comics and origami
for when it’s raining; Foil Art: Animals
(Mar., ages 4–8), in which kids use
rub-on foil sheets and stickers to color
and decorate animal silhouettes; and Foil
Art: Fairies (Mar., ages 4–8), in which
they do the same but for fairies.
Candlewick also has a foil offering: Press Out & Color Butterflies
(Mar.), which features 10 press-out designs decorated with foil
and perfect for all ages to color in. Museum Visit: A Color, Punch
Out, and Play Set (Pomegranate, Feb.) includes a folding play
“stage set” with scenes to color in. It allows kids to color and
create their own museum displays. An accompanying booklet
includes information on the history of museums and how to
curate an exhibition.
Silver Dolphin Books has three upcoming Storybook Gift Sets
(ages 5 and up)—kits with fold-open models that include cardboard characters, so that children can reenact their favorite
scenes from well-known tales such as Beauty and the Beast (Feb.),
Noah’s Ark (Mar.), and All About the Pirate Ship! (June).