One of the most active areas of Inly’s Library is the collection of “Browsing Books.” These books do not circulate – they are for our browsers, kids who might have too many books checked-out or kids who stop by to look at books during a break in their day.
They are all wonderful holiday gifts. Too extravagant for a spontaneous purchase and special enough to give to a whole family.
Here are the new books on Inly’s coffee table…
Illuminature: Discover Hidden Animals with Your Magic Three Color Lens by Carnovsky (Bill Grace, Buttonwood’s book manager, introduced me to this beautiful book. The multi-colored lens gives the viewer different views: red shows daytime animals, the blue lens shows the nighttime view, and the green shows a variety of habitats.)
City Atlas: Travel the World with 30 City Maps by Georgia Cherry and Martin Haake (One of my favorites – thirty cities around the world are illustrated with well known landmarks, people and buildings.)
The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay (Macaulay has updated his classic book, The Way Things Work, to include all of the technological advances of the past 28 years. The book for the most curious people on your list!)
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault by Jody Revenson (For the Harry Potter fan, a book showing all of the tricks used to bring Harry’s world to life on the big screen. A completely immersive experience.)
Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinska (One of my favorite books a few years ago was Maps, a creative atlas. Their new book is full of multi-layered cross-sections of what’s under the sea and under the earth.)
One more book for the word lover on your list….
Other Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely From Around the World by Yee-Lum Mak. I found this in a bookstore and it has not left my desk since. There are words from 18 languages in the book, and my favorite is a Japanese noun:
Tsundoku means “buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands.” But I had to purchase the book to have this illustration by Kelsey Garrity-Riley to look at:
The picture at the top of this post is by one of my favorite Instagrammers, Bodil Jane, a Dutch illustrator. She generously gave me permission to use it as my banner photo today.
Happy Book Shopping!