Gift Guide: Books + Blankets

Cozy accessories and reading material for the next snow (or rain) day

While plenty of people dread the colder seasons, there’s one undeniable joy that comes with frosty weather: reading a book while wrapped up in a blanket. As the snow, rain, hail, or wind flies around outside, envelope yourself in one of these cozy creations and immerse yourself in another world for a few hours. From a novel by Ocean Vuong to Jia Tolentino’s brilliant essays, …

Inside the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One

Documenting the undersea Wunderpus photogenicus, sarcastic fringehead and the scuttling Sparklemuffin, the Encyclopedia of Strangely Named Animals, Volume One basks in the silliness of animal names—both scientific and common. Within, children’s book authors Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina explore a menagerie of creatures, and the stories behind their names—and Artist Vlad Stankovic provides watercolor illustrations that are reminiscent of biology books from yesteryear. Altogether, it’s …

Jason + Allison Flom’s Charming, Impactful “Lulu is a Rhinoceros” Book

A real-life bulldog addresses self-identity in a world imagined by her family and artist Sophie Corrigan

Flipping the final page of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros” affirms one thing: truly impactful storytelling marries an important character with a thoughtful plot—all through a resonant message. Music industry icon Jason Flom, his daughter Allison Flom and illustrator Sophie Corrigan carefully craft all of the above with some rhyme to pepper the playfulness. It’s no ordinary children’s adventure, as identity and acceptance are tackled along …