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 …

Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us

Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time again at any age. The following eight books address various aspects …