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24 Days of Holiday Gift Recommendations!

This year, we're helping you pick out the perfect gifts for you loved ones, one day at a time! Each day, we'll be posting new recommendations by theme. Have a friend who loves film? Music? Tea? Baking? Sports? No matter who you're shopping for, there are great books and other gifts here to inspire you.

As always, never hesititate to ask for assistance from any of our booksellers, whether it be in locating something specific, recommendations, ordering (most items arrive overnight at no extra charge), or shipping straight to the recipient's door. We hope to see you all soon, even if only to wish you Happy Holidays!

DAY 1: Space

2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (new gift edition with introduction by Neil Gaiman!)
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse
Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & Imaginary
An Observer's Notebook: Astronomy
To the Moon Coloring Book
Constellation Socks
Science Decomposition Notebook
Space Earrings
Einstein's Bath-time Continuum Soap
Wrinkle in Time Badge
Book-lover Pin
Literary Matchbox
Litographs Print

DAY 2: Hipster Parent

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
Happy!
1 to 20 Animals Aplenty
Baby's First Soft Book: Friendly Faces in the Yard
Night-Night, Wooly
Moustaches Temporary tattoos
Primitive Bear

 

 

 

 

DAY 3: The Detective

Sherlock Holmes Penguin Classics Deluxe Edtion
Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Andrew Lane
Sherlock Holmes: The Essential Mysteries in One Sitting
The Unconscious Passport Notebook
The Sherlock Holmes Detective Agency Notebook
The Seven Year Pen
Bamboo IQ Test Puzzle
Mystery Rummy
Sherlock Holmes Temporary Tattoos
Metal Earth 1908 Ford Model T Replica
Tea Blank Notecards
Antler Jewelry Tree

DAY 4: Humor Memoir

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Hyperbole and a Half by ALLIE BROSH
Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham
Buffering by Hannah Hart
The Book of Me: A Do-it-Yourself Memoir
Another F*ing Coloring Book
Utter Nonsense Game
Storymatic Game
Book Necklace from ReImagined by Luna
When in Doubt Go to the Library T-shirt from Out of Print
"children will ruin your life" humor greeting card from The Hat + Wig + Glove Company
Magnetic Poetry Kit
Freudian Slips
Author Card Game
Mister Rodgers' Encouragemints

DAY 5: TV Lover

Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook by Clive James
Firefly: The Gorram Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the 'Verse
Live from New York:An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live (Newly updated and expanded!)
The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Outlander Kitchen
Game of Thrones 2017 Wall Calendar
"Previously On..." Guess the TV Series Game
Mister Rogers Sweater Changing Mug
"Kill Your TV" Pin

DAY 6: Music Lover

David Bowie: the Last Interview
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die
Moleskine Limited Edition The Beatles Ruled Notebook
Overture to Death Matchbox Book
Musical Note Earrings by LucyLane
Musical Note iClips Magnetic Bookmark Set
Composition Book Pencil Case
Hans Christian Anderson Piano Mug from PublikumArt
Musical Notes Journal
Piano Seven Year Pen

DAY 7: Yarn Meister

Sweaters for Dogs by Debbie Humphreys
Natural Knits by Jane Ellison
People Knitting by Barbara Levine
Knit Your Own Dinosaur by Sally Muir
Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet by Ann Wilkinson
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood
Decomposition Notebook
Marimekko Pencil Set
Knitted Hand Warmers
Crocheted Dragon from Pebble

DAY 8: Francophile

"Everything Sounds Better in French" Tote Bag
Must Eat Paris
Harry Potter a L'Ecole des Sorcieres
Flirting with French by William Alexander
The Other Paris byLuc Sante
The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolono
What the French by Olivier Magny
Le Petit Prince Notebook
Paris is Always a Good Idea 2017 Wall Calendar
Christian Lacroix Journal

 

 

DAY 9: Film Buffs

Woody Allen: Film by Film by Jason Solomons
Great Films directors: A to Z
Indignation by Philip Roth
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
101 Things things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau
How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson
Harry Potter Hogwarts Journal
Miss Peregrine's Journal for Peculiar Children
Alice in Wonderland Book Badge
Wonder Woman Mints
Mickey Mouse Earrings by LucyLane
Color Your Own Classic Movie Posters

DAY 10: Tea Time!

How to Make Tea by Keating & Long
For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Herb Gardening by Melissa Snyder
Homegrown Tea by Cassie Liversidge
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Literary Tea from Simpson & Vail
Ajiri Tea
Cup of Tea Crosswords
New Yorker Tea Jigsaw Puzzle
Hatter's Tea Party Soy Candle from Frostbeard Studio
Tea Forte Travel Cup & Teapot
Tea Set Enclosure Cards

DAY 11: Hamiltonians

Hamilton: The Revolution (Hardcover) by Lin-Manuel Miranda 
Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life
Hamilton Coloring Book
The United States Constitution: A Pocket Guide
Feather Seven Year Pen
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Alexander Hamilton Audiobook by Ron Chernow & read by Grover Gardner 
Tattly Feather Quill Temporary Tattoo
Decomposition Notebook

DAY 12: LGBTQ+ Pride

Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian
She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Viscera by Gabriel Squalia
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Buffering by Hannah Hart
When We Rise by Cleve Jones
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York by Donald Albrecht
The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality by The Supreme Court of the United States
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
Tattly Rainbow Temporary Tattoos
Quotable Cards Magnet
Colored Pencils
Rainbow Pashmina & Silk Scarf

DAY 13: Magic

The Unreal and the Real by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Magical Jungle Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Niffler Incredibuild
Land of Stories Fairy Tales
Harry Potter Puzzle
Neverland Passport Notebook
Magic Tricks Set
Story Box: Create Your Own Fairy Tales
Through the Wardrobe Frostbeard Studio Candle
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
A Field Guide to Fantastical Beasts
Myth & Magic
Alice in Wonderland Heat-Changing Mug
The Hobbit Tarot Deck
The Little Prince Out of Print Socks
Wizard of Oz Magnet

DAY 14: Anglophile

Brit Wit 2017 Desk Calendar
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Bronte Sisters Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail
Shakespeare Insult Generator
Charles Dickens & Oscar Wilde Paddywax Candles
Society Rules (Two Novels: Snobs & Past Imperfect) by Julian Fellowes
LondonTown by Susannah Conway
Literary Matchbox
Monty Python Sticky Notes
Sydney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie
English Renaissance Poetry by John Williams
Medieval Puzzle Collection
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
A Very English Scandal by John Preston
The Face of Britain by Simon Schama
The English and their History by Robert Tombs
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

DAY 15: Food

The Forest Feast: Gatherings by Erin Gleeson
The British Table by Colman Andrews
Polska by Zuza Zak
Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid
Champignons Jigsaw Puzzle
The Tanglewood Picnic by Gina Hyams
Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists
Brain Freeze Ice Cream Sandwich Notebook
Our Family Recipes Keepsake Notebook
Will Write for For Food by Dianne Jacob
First Bite by Bee Wilson
Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin
Chocolate Delights Page-a-day Desk Calendar
Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning
Wayne Thiebaud Gift Enclosure Card Set
Joy of Cooking Book Pin

We Now Sell Digital Audiobooks!

We've long been a popular stop for all your bookish needs, from activity books for the kids to audiobooks to listen to on your next road trip or cleaning spree. But not everyone wants to use CDs anymore! So if you're looking to download digital audiobooks straight to your devices AND support your local independent bookstore, check out our storefront at LibroFM. We've partnered with this great indie-supporting company to offer our customers thousands of great reads (or should we say, "listens"...) at competitive prices and with the quick convenience that comes with digital shopping. Get started before January 1st, 2017 and get 20% off your first purchase with code BOOKLOFT20. Need some recommendations to get started? Find some of our favorite books to listen to below! Or try a free sample of the excellent book, Boys in the Boat here.

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Summer Reading Challenge Winners

This summer, we challenged kids, ages 17 and under, to read as much as they could! For every five books they read, we gave them a free book! Some took it even a step further and handed in reviews of the books they'd particularly liked. Congratulations are in order for Claire (14), April (9), and Kimberley (10) who are the winners of the review writing contest! We've hand-selected special prizes for each of them and are additionally including their great writing below and placing them by their books in-store. Read their reviews to get some great recommendations or stop by to find even more from kids and booksellers alike.

 

Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter

Reviewed by Kimberly Silverman, age 10

Adventure fans, cat fans, and anyone who loves to read- this book is calling your name!

Rust, a house cat, has never been satisfied with his easy life. So, when he meets some forest cats and they offer him a chance to join them in Thunderclan, he goes with them.

Life in the wild is never easy, but unfortunately for Rusty, he has walked into especially hard times. Shadowclan is becoming more and more powerful, and Thunderclan needs more warriors. But could the real threat come from inside Thunderclan itself?

I love the Warriors series because of all of the adventure and mystery in it. Also, it tells what cats think of humans and makes you wonder theat stray sitting in the sune is really thinking. Reading Warriors made me more curious about cats, and it made me love reading even more than I already did. I have now read almost all of the Warrior series, and I can't wait to keep reading!

 

The Boys in the Boat By Daniel James Brown

Reviewed by Claire O'Callahan, age 14

Readers will be swept away from  start to finish by the heartwarming story of one shell and the nine boys who gave her life. In the Boys in the Boat, Brownweaves a touching novel of the teamwork and strength of nine working class boys who shocked the world by beating the superior east coast college teams and then going on to challenge Hitler's elite crew in the 1936 Olympics.

Joe Rantz is one of the nine boys competing for a place in the Washington varsity boat. The spot means more to him than just a chance to row against the world for gold in the Olympics. It is a chance to make his father proud, to forget his hardships as he races across the water and to become onw with the other boys.

Most of all Brown gives the readers a taste of winning and losing, triumph and the bond of nine young men who together seem to be capable of anything.

 

The Toothpaste Genie by Frances Duncan

Reviewed by April Sutherland, age 9

I like the Toothepaste Genie because it was so interesting and exciting and because it created such big pictures in my mind even though it didn't have any pictures.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I liked Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because it was mysterious and exciting and you never knew what was going to happen next.

 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by Isabella, age 13

Just One Day tells an enchanting story of first love and mystery. Finding and losing each other while on a quest to find themselves, Allysoon and Willem try to figure out who they really are. This story is full of struggles, secrets, friendship, romance, and surprises and it never lacks confusion, excitement or determination. Gayle Forman has written yet another masterpiece. Be ready to turn the page for another surprise! Romance novel lovers, start reading!

 

 

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Reviewed by Amelia, age 13

The School for Good and Evil is about two friends, Sophie and Agatha. Sophie who loves pink and whose first priority is looking her best, is determined to get into the School for Good. While Agatha, who hides in graveyards and keeps to herslef with her plain black clothes and spells and potions, seems perfect for the School of Evil.

When their destinies follow a different path, they are desperate to change them, but what if they really were put in the right places? What if this tale was not like they dreamed it would be? This story is an exciting adventure woven into a dramatic fairytale,

I really enjoyed reading this book. What I liked aabout this book is that there is a lot of emotion and feeling in it, I would recommend it to grades 5 and up and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Get with the Programming

“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field.” —Sheryl Sandberg

There's no doubt that computers, and all kinds of technologies, are here to stay—and will continue to evolve rapidly over the coming years. Why not give your kids a leg up and help them learn to communicate with, use, and learn from the technology that surrounds them daily? Learning to program is, in many ways, like learning a new language—a skill proven to help developing minds become more adaptable learners and people! With schools, summer camps, and tutoring services increasingly incorporating programming skills into their lessons, and more and more publishers printing great books to help, there's no reason not to give it a go. Here's a few recommended books to help your kids get started! You can find them all in our activity and workbook section of our children's department.

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WAMC's Roundtable Book Picks

Our bookbuyer, Mark Ouillette, will be speaking on WAMC's Book Picks segment of Joe Donahue's Roundtable! He'll be chatting about his most anticipated new books this season. We hope you'll tune in on August 16th at 10am but if you miss it, just stop in! We're stocking the books, and, of course, Mark and all the booksellers here are always happy to recommend our favorite books!

For those who missed it on air, you can listen to it here: http://wamc.org/post/book-picks-book-loft

Literacy for Pokemon

What do games and books have in common? They both offer so much for the imagination!

If you're having fun with Pokemon Go these days, stop in and show us a picture of one you catch in our store to get 10% off your purchase! One of our very own booksellers, Catherine, had fun with some of our ethereal visitors lately. Need more Pokemon fun? Check out the graphic novels, and sticker, activity, and fact books located in our children's comics section. 

Frequent Buyer Program

We've often been asked if we've got any kind of membership program, and, up until now, we never have. But we have so many wonderful, loyal customers and we'd like to treat you to something special every once in a while!

So stop, buy, and ask for your member card! We'll punch it every time you buy a full-price book and after purchasing ten, you'll get your eleventh book at 30% off. We'll also soon be featuring exclusive deals in the store just for members. Sign up for our newsletter to stay appraised of all our special deals!

Have any questions or feedback? Just let us know! And in the meantime... let's get reading!

Summer Reading Challenge!

Ah, summer reading, that cool, sweet, happy thing! This summer we're introducing our Summer Reading Challenge for kids ages 17 and under to help them get into the reading mood.

When you buy a children's book this summer, ask us for a Reading Challenge Bookmark where you can record the titles you read over the summer and turn it in between August 15th and September 1st to collect your prize! Books that qualify must be at the individual's appropriate reading level. For those who cannot read read, parents may read to the child, but they must be chapter books, not picture books.

  • Read 5 books and get one free paperback book (we'll choose one for you we think you'll like).
  • Read 10 books and, in addition to your free paperback book, you'll also get another book that hasn't yet been released to the public! These advance copies of books are usually exclusive to industry insiders, but we think a great reader deserves a special treat. Again, we'll choose one we think you might like.
  • Did you like one (or more) of the books you read? Write a review! Turn in the review with your reading challenge bookmark and your phone number, so we can let you know if your review has won a surprise Writer's Award! We'll also post winning reviews in the store and on our site (with your consent).

So what are you waiting for??

Let's dive into some good books this summer!

 

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