Ready to heat up the summer? We’ve got just the right collection of books that are sure to bring some sparks to your front door. From a bubbly, boozy cocktail book to a hilarious, pop-culture inspired cookbook to a charming children’s book about self-love, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as the weather warms up.
So, find the perfect spot outdoors (or indoors if you prefer your air-conditioned home) as we give you 25 amazing books to dive into this summer.
By Stephanie Johnson
Design your own furries characters with this drawing book. In this fun handbook, you can create imaginative, anthropomorphic animals like wolves, foxes, dragons, and so much more. Use the step-by-step instructions to sketch amazing creatures, but let your pens and pencils go wild.
A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning
By Dr. Felicia Durden, Ed.D.
Many of us are still trying to get the hang of managing Zoom meetings and learning from a computer screen. For parents, it may be even more difficult to keep up with your child’s education when online platforms and teaching methods are constantly changing. We want to make it easier for you. With A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning, busy parents will be able to take out the mystery of digital education and have all the necessary tools to implement at home no matter the district, school, or distance learning model. You’ll be on top of your kid’s virtual school experience in no time and be able to help them have a fun and effective learning experience.
The Griddle Cookbook
By Loïc Hanno
Take your flat-top grilling to the next level with delicious recipes from this cookbook. With easy-to-follow recipes that you can make on any griddle you own, whether it’s cast iron, countertop, or outdoor, you’ll become a true grilling master. Your guests will be impressed with how you prepare your meats, how you achieve the perfect char, and, most importantly, how you transform backyard barbecue into restaurant-quality dishes.
Introduction to Greek Mythology for Kids
By Natalie Buccynsky, Jonathan Shelnutt and Richard Marcus
Are your children fascinated with Greek mythology, ancient monsters, fantastical creatures, or mortal heroes? Are they a Percy Jackson fan? If so, this book is the perfect book for them! They’ll enjoy hearing all about the 12 Olympians who sit atop Mt. Olympus with their many different powers and skills and tales from their favorite heroes.
Introduction to Norse Mythology for Kids
By Peter Aperlo
And if Greek mythology wasn’t enough, we’ve got more fearsome monsters and epic battles from another world that kids will enjoy. If they’re any fans of Marvel, they’ll hear about some familiar characters like Thor and Loki. Dive in and read all about Nordic and Viking trivia.
Talking with Your Toddler Activity Book
By Teresa Laikko, M.S., CCC-SLP, Laura Laikko, M.S., CF-SLP
Teaching your child to talk doesn’t have to be all work and no play. With the right amount of playtime, you can create a wonderful bonding experience between you and your child while also helping them develop a firm grasp on language and speech. This activity book is perfect for practicing talking and encouraging verbalizing, whether you’re at home or on the go.
That’s What She Said
Can’t get enough of Michael Scott? That’s What She Said is a must-have collector’s item or gift for any fan of one of the greatest comedy TV shows ever. It contains 200 custom-crafted stickers that’ll remind you of your favorite Scranton, P.A. workplace. You’ll never run out of fun stickers to share with fellow fans of The Office.
The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book
By Casie Vogel
What happens when you mix hard seltzer and booze? You get this bubbly cocktail book filled with delicious drinks! This summer is the perfect time for hard seltzer season. Whether you’re team Whiteclaw, a Truly follower, or a Bud Light Seltzer fan, there’s a recipe for everyone in this book. (And the best part: they’re all low cal. So no need to worry about your summer body.) Whatever your plans are this season, be sure to crack open a cold one and this book, and let’s get bubbly!
Getting Started with Teacher Clarity
By Marine Freibrun
This friendly, all-in-one guide breaks down the basic elements of teacher clarity, gives advice on how to incorporate those elements into the school day, and even provides classroom-ready activities for busy teachers to implement right way. Now, students will have a better understanding of the material and be fully engaged, which will help set them up for success.
Farting Sloth (& Friends) Stickers
There’s just something about sloths that everyone seems to love. And, there’s something about fart bubbles that people can’t seem to get enough of. Put the two together and voilà…you get super-cute, flatulent animals that are sure to make you laugh. With over 100 stickers, this book makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves sloths…or for anyone who farts.
WWII Battle Trivia for Kids
By Brette Sember
History just got a lot more interesting. This action-packed trivia book is perfect for reluctant readers or any kid who just loves history. With questions about Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Bulge, and the Invasion of Normandy, discovering new and fascinating facts has never been more fun.
The RV Travel Journal
By Sarah Cribari
The RV Travel Journal is a great book for people who want to record their favorite travel adventures. This logbook will help you keep track of your mileage, campsites and landmarks visited, your packing list, healthy meal plans created, and so much more. With so many people traveling or considering hitting the road for a safe adventure, this is the perfect companion for that.
The Mayonnaise Cookbook
By Erin Isaac
If mayonnaise is one of your favorite condiments, then you’ve stumbled upon the right book. And even if it isn’t, you’d be amazed to know that many of the foods you eat actually contain mayonnaise. With dishes like Lobster Rolls, Elote Street Corn, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and, believe it or not, Chocolate Cupcakes, you’ll find out just how delicious mayo can be. This versatile ingredient can even be used for some of your favorite daily hacks, like hair conditioner. It’s just that amazing! This cookbook is a must-have for major mayo connoisseurs and even those curious about all the wonders that come with this condiment.
Serial Killer Trivia: Cold Cases
By Michelle Kaminsky
Readers, make some extra room on your bookshelf for another true crime book. Michelle Kaminsky, author of Serial Killer Trivia is back with more true crime facts. This time with a focus on cold cases. So put on your detective cap and get ready to read fascinating facts, stories, and trivia about the most infamous cold cases from around the world.
The Home Flipper’s Journal
By Nancy Dunham
Whether you’re a first-time house flipper or experienced flipping pro, this book may be calling your name. This handy organizational tool makes buying, renovating, and selling a home easier than ever. You’ll be able to keep track of all major improvements and little details in one place. This journal is the perfect guide to a profitable home-flipping experience.
True Crime Dictionary: From Alibi to Zodiac
By Amanda Lees
Best-selling author Amanda Lees is here to help you get up to speed (or refresh your memory) with this complete encyclopedia of famous crimes, cold cases, serial killers, and more. This is the perfect companion for any murderino, true crime junkie, and lovers of all things murder. Everything you need to be an armchair detective will be right at your fingertips.
Healthy Shoulder Handbook: 2nd Edition
By Karl Knopf
If you suffer from debilitating shoulder problems, Dr. Karl Knopf will help you begin to understand the causes for your pain and provide you with steps needed to heal your body. With a new and improved cover, this second edition has programs and exercises to help you quickly get back to your daily routines—pain free!
The One with All the Cross-Stitch
Time to take your love for the iconic TV show Friends to a whole new fun and creative level. Crafty fans of Friends will love these cross-stitch patterns as they remember iconic scenes from the show. Stitch together memorable images like the Central Perk sign, the chick and the duck, and unforgettable quotes like “PIVOT!” This cross-stitch book is a must-have.
By Tyanni Niles, Sam Kaplan, and Keith Riegert
Do you find yourself staring randomly into an invisible camera? Are you a fan of all things Dunder Mifflin? Then this might be the perfect book for you. This cookbook is packed with old and hearty, Pennsylvania-inspired recipe from everyone’s favorite number one Assistant to the Regional Manager—Dwight K. Schrute. Turn on your favorite episodes of The Office and prepare to be transported to a magical, beet-filled corner of Northeast Pennsylvania.
The Self-Regulation Workbook for Kids
By Jenna Berman
When children have difficulty self-regulating, it can make it harder for them to get along with peers and family members, hurt their academic achievement, and inhibit their ability to complete activities of daily living. Thankfully, therapist Jenna Berman has compiled CBT exercises and coping strategies into this workbook that will help kids identify, understand, and take control of their feelings.
Student Success through Micro-Adversity
By M. Jane and Ty Bricker
Written by two teachers, this book offers educators a breakthrough method for building community and empowering students through small challenges (also known as micro-adversities) that they face, or have faced. By taking these challenges and cultivating resilience and grit, teacher scan help students improve behavior, increase engagement, and empower them to achieve greatness.
Luna Finds Love Everywhere
By Shainna Ali and Illustrated by Catarina Oliveira
Best-selling author Shainna Ali is back again with another self-love book—this time with a story for children! In this charming story, Luna goes through her daily routines and realizes how much love and appreciation there is around her. As she explores, Luna discovers the importance of loving herself and those around her. With simple prompts and activities scattered throughout, your children can also explore the principles of self-love and how to incorporate them into their own lives.
The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids
By Alana al-Hatlani
We’ve got another magical feast waiting to happen. With The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids, your children can experience the wizarding world of Harry Potter and whip up something spellbinding in the kitchen. Combine your love for the series and cooking with this fun cookbook. And, if you’re a Potterhead, this book is definitely for you.
Behindfulness for Beginners
By Harry B. Hind
What happens when you bring mindfulness into the bathroom? You get a whole crapload of inspiring, cleansing, and healing behindfulness. So, next time you go to handle your business, grab this journal for some peace, relaxation, positive reflection, and fascinating facts about this sacred act.
How Pi Can Save Your Life
By Chris Waring
Ever felt like some math equations would be useless once you graduated school? Well, we’ve found a use for them that might save your life! This book will take your basic understanding of mathematical equations to the next level, teaching you the real key to surviving in an unpredictable world is understanding the natural forces and relationships that rule everything you do. Using the power of equations, you’ll be able to communicate with an alien civilization, contain a major oil spill, perform Hollywood stunts in a blockbuster action film, and so much more. So, time to put your math skills to the real world test.
– Tyanni Niles