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Category: Parenting

28 New Rep Picks For Spring 2019

by James
Animals & Nature + Biography & Memoir + Current Affairs + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Food & Drink + Health & Wellness + History + Kids + Music + Parenting + Picture Books + Psychology & Self-Help + Travel + YA Fiction / February 21, 2019



Spring is coming right around the corner, and to celebrate the new season, here are some fantastic book recommendations from our sales reps! Happy reading!
 

Books for Adults
 

The Collected Schizophrenias
by Esmé Weijun Wang

"This book is a fascinating exploration of mental illness, from an author who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Wang’s essays are both touchingly personal and a journey through the history of mental illness and its diagnosis. Intimate, empathetic, and full of insight, this book is a must read!"
—Ali Hewitt
 

Women Rowing North
by Mary Pipher

"In Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher helped generations of girls and their parents navigate the choppy waters of adolescence. In Women Rowing North, she is examining the challenges and cultural issues women face as they age and offers a guide to wisdom, authenticity and bliss. There is a huge market of women looking for advice and support and Pipher is perfectly placed to offer it."
—Judy Parker


A Deadly Divide
by Ausma Zehanat Khan

"In this gripping new mystery, Detectives Khattak and Getty investigate a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City that looks like a hate crime."
—Laureen Cusack


The Little Island Bake Shop
by Jana Roerick

"I love Jana’s baking and am so happy to have her recipes!!!"
—Saffron Beckwith


Queen Bey

by Veronica Chambers

"In addition to being a record-breaking artist, Beyonce is a business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist and most importantly, one of the greatest stars of our time."
—Jessica Price


Rupture
by Ragnar Jonasson



"Fourth in Ragnar Jonasson’s Icelandic thriller series, starring detective Ari Thor. If you are fan of Nordic Noir, or not, read this dark atmospheric mystery, packed with fabulous scenery, quirky characters and a strong plot-driven story."
—Karen Stacey


Kid Gloves
by Lucy Knisley



"I really “relished” Lucy’s first book about her lifelong relationship with food and I can’t wait for her new graphic memoir about her difficulties conceiving and being pregnant. Lucy has been hyping this book’s “birth” with forty weeks of fun pregnancy facts on her Instagram, amidst (spoiler alert) photos of her super cute son!"
—Dani Farmer


She Explores
by Gale Straub



"In a time when people are choosing to spend money on travel and experiences over accumulating stuff, this book is perfect. Gorgeous travel photography with women’s personal stories of adventure and reflection—this book is the next best thing to actually spending time in the wild."
—Evette Sintichakis


Why You Like It

by Nolan Gasser

"This book explores the science and sociology behind why we fancy the sounds of our favourite musical artists. I love so many genres of music—what does that say about me?!"
—Laurie Martella


The Future Is Feminist
Edited by Mallory Farrugia

"Who run the world? FEMINISTS! A collection of brilliant essays by beloved feminist icons in one beautiful package. The perfect book for feminists of all ages."
—Laura MacDonald


Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Third Edition
by Gloria Steinem, foreword by Emma Watson

"Gloria Steinem’s timeless collection of feminist essays is back in a third edition with a new foreword by Emma Watson and new preface by Gloria Steinem herself! A worthy and essential addition to any feminist collection."
—Jenny Enriquez


Upon A Burning Throne
by Ashok K. Banker



"Ashok K. Banker, while not as well known in the West, is the founder of Indian fantasy fiction, similar to what Tolkien was for European literature. He has written more than 52 books, and has gained international following. Upon a Burning Throne is his latest title, featuring diverse characters, relentless action and an ongoing mystery sure to please all fantasy readers!"
—Louis-Marc Simard


Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

by Scott Symington, PhD



"Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Canada today, so any and all help is necessary! In Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings, Scott Symington introduces an incredibly simple concept to help us all redirect our thoughts back to what is happening in the present moment and move away from a life where we are ruled by our worries. Because everybody needs help sometimes."
—Morgen Young

 

Books for Kids
 

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
By Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck



"It’s tough to give your friends hugs when your arms are so small, but Tiny T. Rex must find a way! This adorable picture book is the start of a new series starring this lovable dinosaur. I dare you not to fall in love with the plucky and charming Tiny T. Rex. I DARE YOU."
—Jenny Enriquez


A Friend for Henry
by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song

"A Friend for Henry is a beautifully illustrated picture book told from the point of view of a child on the autism spectrum. The author gives us insight into Henry’s perspective, modeled after one of her sons on the spectrum. The touching and positive story will touch everyone’s hearts, children and adults alike!"
—Louis-Marc Simard

Voices
by David Elliott



"An extraordinary retelling and exploration of how Joan of Arc changed the course of history! In this age of the Throne of Glass, Divergent and the Hunger Games series, what better time to reintroduce the original kick ass female heroine? A novel told in verse, Voices is also perfect for fans of The Song of Achilles and Circe. Sure to be a hit with readers of teen fiction as well as teachers and librarians."
— Morgen Young

Comics Will Break Your Heart
by Faith Erin Hicks



"A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us."
— Saffron Beckwith


Fox & Chick: The Quiet Boat Ride
by Sergio Ruzzier

"In the classic canon of buddy books, Fox and Chick set out on a boating adventure—one an enthusiastic sailor and the other a landlubber who hates to miss out on any adventure. Told in three parts this hybrid of an early reader and picture book, illustrated in a comic book style, will be a hit for emerging and reluctant readers alike."
—Lorna MacDonald

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
by Julia Nobel



"Emmy’s time at a prestigious boarding school uncovers a secret society that may have played a part in her father’s disappearance."
—Laureen Cusack


The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost, illustrated by Vivian Mineker



"Robert Frost’s beloved poem is as thought-provoking and beautiful as ever in this picture book! The imaginative interpretation of the classic poem will speak to readers of all ages. This would make a great gift to anyone facing one of life’s many transitions."
—Evette Sintichakis


The Similars
by Rebecca Hanover

"Debut author Rebecca Hanover writes a real page-turner, sci-fi YA novel filled with tension and a thrilling story of six clones who enroll at a prestigious boarding school alongside their originals. Things can only get complicated."
—Laurie Martella

Games on the Go

by Lonely Planet

"Train, plane, boat, car, no matter how you are traveling, these games will keep boredom at bay. A must pack addition for any family trip, big or small!"
—Jessica Price


Fly Girls: Young Readers’ Edition
by Keith O’Brien

"20th century aviation history from the female pilots’ perspective. This is the story of the women pilots who joined the “boys” in the very popular sport of plane racing in the 1920s and ‘30s. A fascinating story of young women determined not to be denied their place in history. Just as Beryl Markham should be read by all young girls, so too should this book. For all those who loved Hidden Figures, here is a story of courageous liberated women ahead of their time."
—Karen Stacey


You Are New
by Lucy Knisley

"Being a new human is hard work! There are so many things to learn and taste and see. Then, just when you think you’ve got a handle on this “being” thing, you grow and there are a bunch of new things to learn! Good thing rhyming text and adorable illustrations from Lucy Knisley are here to provide a guide. Check out the page with the cat-hug… it’s my favourite."
—Dani Farmer

My Brother Otto
by Meg Raby, illustrated by Elisa Pallmer



"A little something for the siblings of the neurodiverse! As the younger sister of someone with developmental delays and disabilities, I would have LOVED a book like this when I was a kid—and I think my parents would have appreciated it too. My sibling does things their own way, maybe I understand them, maybe I don’t, but that’s okay! I love it!!"
—Laura MacDonald


The Little Guys
by Vera Brosgol



"Graphic novelist Vera Brosgol has written another subversively funny picture book. As a graphic novelist, her storytelling ability is stellar and her illustrations are perfectly matched to this story of the rampaging little guys. The message of uniting the community is subtle and doesn’t take away from the fun of the read aloud."
—Judy Parker


Brave Molly
by Brooke Boynton-Hughes



"In this panelled, wordless picture book, our heroine has to defeat the monsters of anxiety that follow her around. After trying to run from the shadowy monsters, Molly bravely confronts her anxiety and makes a friend, with the help of a good book. Author/illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes’ drawings do a wonderful job of capturing the fear of rejection, and the joy of a new friend we all feel."
—Ali Hewitt


 


Last minute Father’s Day book ideas

by Danielle
Board Books + Food & Drink + Humour + Parenting / June 18, 2015

It's not too late!

Here's some great titles we think would be a great fit for your dad, or husband, or some great guy you know with children! All available at your local bookshop. List is a bit long but hey, what can we say? We have lots of books to offer!


New Releases: July 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Humour + Parenting / June 24, 2014

Are you looking for the latest books to read? Here are some of the new releases coming from Raincoast in July:

FICTION

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Friendship

Emily Gould

A novel about two friends learning the difference between getting older and growing up.

Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humour and wry sympathy. Friendship examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.

It's a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. 

Available July 1

"Gould nails the complex blend of love, loyalty, and resentment that binds female friends."Publishers Weekly

"Perfect summer reading for people who’d rather stay in the city than go to the beach."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Indie Next List July 2014

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Lydia Netzer

From the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, a tale of two astronomers who meet and fall in love only to find out they were raised from birth to be each other's perfect match.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky is a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story for dreamers and pragmatists alike, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the stars.

 

Available July 1


Indie Next List July 2014

Landline

Rainbow Rowell

From the bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens. 

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. 

When Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past, she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix everything. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Available July 8

"While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell—reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly…the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Fans will love Rowell’s return to a story close to their hearts."Kirkus Reviews


HISTORICAL FICTION

The Fortune Hunter

Daisy Goodwin

A beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle in this historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The American Heiress.

Captain Bay Middleton is a dashing young horseman. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National—until he meets Charlotte Baird, a clever, plainspoken heiress. When Empress Elizabeth of Austria joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer, Bay is asked to guide her. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.

Available July 29

"Goodwin manages to take the reader deep inside the characters’ longings and flaws in a way that makes the reader root for them. An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner."Publishers Weekly

"Goodwin has hit on a winning formula—a sophisticated blend of money, class, history, misunderstandings among lovers, spirited women, and unpredictable but irresistible men"Kirkus Reviews


CRIME AND THRILLERS

Now and in the Hour of Our Death 

Patrick Taylor

A convicted IRA bombmaker escapes from prison, throwing his former fiancee’s life into chaos.

Nine years ago, the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland tore apart two young lovers, consuming their hopes and dreams and changing their lives forever. Now, in 1983, Davy McCutcheon and Fiona Kavanagh find themselves worlds apart.

Patrick Taylor's Now and in the Hour of Our Death is a moving and compelling portrait of ordinary men and women caught up in a conflict not of their making, and of the way the past holds onto us even as we try to move on into an uncertain future.

Available July 15

"Taylor writes in rich physical and cultural detail, holding the reader’s attention right to the end. An engrossing tale nicely balancing war and peace.Kirkus Reviews


Sight Unseen

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

She was safe in a world of darkness. Now danger threatens in the cold light of day…
 

Before the experimental surgery that gave her sight, Kendra Michaels developed her other senses to an amazing capacity. Law enforcement agencies clamour for her powers of perception and observation, often disrupting the life she has built for herself. But in this case, it's Kendra who realizes that the apparent traffic accident is in fact a murder, and she rushes to alert the police. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases...

Available July 15


New in Paperback

How the Light Gets In 

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines in the stunning #1 New York Times bestseller from Louise Penny.

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache... 

Available July 15


NONFICTION

ART

Susan Point 

Works On Paper

Dale Croes, Susan Point and Gary Wyatt

A gorgeous collection of prints by one of the Northwest's leading artists.

Over the past thirty years Susan Point has become the pre-eminent Coast Salish artist of her generation. This beautifully designed volume—the first book devoted exclusively to her works on paper—collects 160 of her prints together for the first time and is sure to inspire and amaze those who see it.

Available July 7


FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS

Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Everyone's favorite mother-daughter writing duo is back with a new collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. With twenty-something Francesca navigating New York City, Lisa holding down the fort in the suburbs, and Mother Mary making frequent and always entertaining appearances, there are plenty of opportunities for family-induced guilt, fighting, laughter, and love.

 

Available July 8


BIOGRAPHY

Neil Armstrong

A Life of Flight

Jay Barbree

The definitive biography of Neil Armstrong by Jay Barbree, an Emmy-winning journalist who was his close friend.

Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil’s three passions—flight, family, and friends.

Timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the book is packed with never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time—like what that giant step for mankind really felt like.

Available July 8


Maeve Binchy

The Biography

Piers Dudgeon 

The first biography of Maeve Binchy since her death, chronicling her path to becoming a writer.

In this extraordinary biography, Piers Dudgeon reveals that the inspiration for many of her stories came from Maeve’s own hard-won experience growing up in Ireland. 

Drawing on extensive research and humorous personal anecdotes, Maeve Binchy: The Biography celebrates the life of a compassionate, down-to-earth and charming woman who touched hearts around the world and left behind an incredible legacy.

Available July 22


HUMOUR

Goodnight Darth Vader

Jeffrey Brown

It's bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader™ and Son and Vader's™ Little Princess.

In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia, who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favourite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others.

Available July 22


Have you seen our preview of July's new releases for kids, middle grade, and teens yet?


Jeffrey Brown in Toronto June 5th 2014!

by Dan
Events + Humour + Parenting / May 30, 2014

Meet Jeffrey Brown, the awesome, bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, as he signs copies of his new book, Kids Are Weird: And Other Observations from Parenthood, at Indigo Bay & Bloor on Thursday, June 5th 2014 at 7pm!   

 

In Person: Jeffrey Brown

Thursday, June 5th at 7:00 PM

INDIGO Manulife @ Bay & Bloor

55 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M4W 1A5
(416) 925-3536


New Releases: June 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Food & Drink + Parenting / May 21, 2014

Next month, bestselling Canadian author Chevy Stevens returns with her new novel That Night, and by Toronto-based novelist A. M. Dellamonica kicks off a new fantasy series with Child of a Hidden Sea. We also have a new books from John Waters, Uncle John's, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Take a look at just a few some the new titles available from Raincoast in June:  

FICTION

SCIENCE FICTION

Earth Awakens

Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

The story of The First Formic War continues 

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel Ender's Game, Earth has been invaded. Politics and pride have slowed the response on Earth, and on corporate settlement Luna, power struggles seem more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn't wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost. 

 

Available June 10


THRILLERS

That Night 

Chevy Stevens

A stunning breakout novel from the bestselling Canadian author of Still Missing.

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside...

Available June 17

 

 

"As finely calculated in its escalating suspense as Stevens’ grueling debut"Kirkus Reviews 

"an exciting page-turner with an incisive twist."Publishers Weekly


FANTASY

Child of a Hidden Sea 

A. M. Dellamonica

A rousing tale of adventure and adversity, politics and personal trials, in the fascinating world of Stormwrack Archipelago.

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles...

 

Available June 24


NONFICTION

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / PARENTING

Mindful Discipline

A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Shauna Shapiro and Chris White
(foreword by Christine Carter)

Raising happy, compassionate, and responsible children requires both love and limits. In Mindful Discipline, internationally recognized mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro and paediatrician Chris White weave together ancient wisdom and modern science to provide new perspectives on parenting and discipline.
 

 

Available June 1


HUMOUR / TRIVIA

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada (Illustrated Edition)

Bathroom Readers' Institute

Full of fascinating facts about the greatest country in the world, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada (Illustrated Edition) is packed with photographs and illustrations. Put away the hockey gear, grab a plate of Kraft dinner, and join us.

Whether you're a true Canuck or just always wanted to be one, this book is for you!

Available June 1


TRAVEL

Carsick

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin moustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitch-hikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travellers transporting the Pope of Trash? 

Available June 3

"Presenting the best- and worst-case scenarios for modern hitchhiking as only Waters can, the narratives range from encounters with a pleasant group of marijuana smugglers and Edith Massey, to a harrowing imprisonment in Kansas and traumatic fan meeting. Waters devotees take note: this is required reading."Publishers Weekly (starred review)


ETIQUETTE

Good Manners for People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Amy Alkon

A smart, funny, in-your-face modern manners book on day-to-day behavior for regular people.

Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss when it comes to dealing effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.

Available June 3


FOOD & DRINK

The Bar Book

Elements of Cocktail Technique

Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg

Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks.

Available June 3


CREATIVE WRITING

712 More Things to Write About

San Francisco Writers' Grotto

Here are 712 more witty, outrageous, and thought-provoking writing prompts for fans of the super-popular 642 Things to Write About—all guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing: from listing childhood hiding places and describing the sensation of falling asleep to creating memorable characters, unusual fortune cookie messages, and mash-up movie plotlines.

 

Available June 6


Take a look at a preview of next month's new releases for kids, middle grade, and teens.


Kids are Weird…

by Danielle
Contests + Kids + Parenting / March 28, 2014

...and cute, and innocent and kind, but ya, they're totally weird.

We're holding a contest over here. Post odd quirky things your kid has said for a chance to win a set of Jeffrey Brown's books Darth Vader and Son, Vader's Little Princess and his newest Kids are Weird.

Contest closes April 18th. We'll draw randomly.

Best of luck!!


Selective Learning and Goodbyes

by Brian
Board Books + Fiction + Graphica + Humour + Kids + Parenting + Picture Books + Vancouver / August 09, 2011

Sad news everyone — it's my last day at Raincoast (cue crying and wailing of Raincoast staff here) and I'm still having trouble coming to grips with having to leave all this behind. But mostly I'm having trouble leaving...

Oh, and the people — they were great too.

Seeing as how this is my last day, I think it'll be a good idea to take a moment and reflect on all that I've learned here at Raincoast.

(I've also been watching a lot of late night talk shows)

The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned at Raincoast Books

#10 - You can put Zombies in anything

 

#9 - "Baby Rage” is real. And IS frightening.

#8 - Women really DO want to trade husbands for housekeepers

#7 – Taco in a Bag is delicious

#6 – "Moleskine" isn’t the same as “Vole Skin

#5- Vegetables are the “New Meat”

     

#4- Hand puppets and books DO go hand-in-hand

#3- There’s no such thing as “too much Darcy.”

   

#2- It takes 1 determined intern, 2 weeks and 3 americanos a day to input sales data for 800 titles into an e-catalogue.

#1 Googling The Naked Roommate at work does not produce the best results.

*I had a great time and learned a lot this past year. Thanks for reading about all the quirky things that happen at Raincoast Books through the eyes of a 20-something and I hope you continue to read about all the awesome people here and their love for books.

Cheers,

Brian


Baby Names!

by Liz
Parenting / May 12, 2011

Everyone loves talking about them. And when you are expecting it’s the second thing everyone asks about (right after “Do you know what it is?” my answer: “Yes, it’s a human” ha.)

Thank goodness I have absolute access to THE baby name book publisher — Sourcebooks!

I’ve been using the 2011 Baby Names Almanac for my research, but there are some many other options I think I need all of these!

Stay tuned for the upcoming Fall titles, they'll be revised to include even more possibilities, because anything goes in the baby-naming world!

These babies (ha ha.) fly off the shelves and are the perfect shower gift, so order yours now from an independent retailer, Amazon.ca, or Chapters-Indigo.ca

~ Liz

(Aside: Maybe Raincoast should run a contest to name my baby?)


What to expect… When you are expecting at Raincoast

by Liz
Fashion & Textiles + Gift & Stationery + Health & Wellness + Humour + Kids + Parenting / April 28, 2011

When you are having a baby, and work in an office, you can expect a number of things:

- Doors will be held

- Food is always  being offered

- Co-workers will discuss upcoming business while simultaneously rubbing your belly

But when you are having a baby in an office that deals with the distribution of top publishers from every genre, you can expect the extra gift of 'how to' and 'how not to' manuals of pregnancy and parenting to pile up on your desk (it's like little stork-elves appear in the night and hide baby books around my work area)

This is what has been delivered so far:

Pregnancy Planner: Essential Advice for Moms-to-Be (Chronicle Books)

- This is a great weekly planner that gives you facts, tips and hints about what is going on every week of your pregnancy. This week's interesting tidbit: My baby's teeth are already growing!

I'd Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper: Loving Your Marriage After the Baby Carriage (Chronicle Books)

- While I'm not ready to trade my husband in yet (thank goodness he cooks AND cleans!) this is an excellent book to keep on the bookshelf for after the babe is born and I need reminding of why I got into this whole mess in the first place.

After the Stork: The Couple's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression (New Harbinger)

- I can't really predict what will happen when our kid arrives but I can try to prepare in advance for what I can only imagine is an incredible emotional and physical upheaval. This book provides powerful tools for dealing with all the many changes that will come our way.

My Mom, Style Icon (Chronicle Books)

- Based on the awesome blog, Piper Weiss reminds us that our moms were people—young, hip, fashionable people—before we came along to monopolize their time. This book is an excellent reminder that having a baby doesn't mean I have to change who I am.

Mama's Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity (Chronicle Books)

- As a first time parent any advice is appreciated. This book is full of hints and tips to help parents keep their sanity. Such as always carrying wipes, and if our child is messy eater don't let it stop us from eating out—just tip well! (as a former waitress I really like this one)

Fortune-Telling Book for Moms-to-Be (Chronicle Books)

- This is a fun little gift book full of ancient wisdom and old wives tales to decode everything from your baby's gender to their post-natal temperament. So far things I have learned are that tying knots during pregnancy can make labour difficult (note to self: give up macramé asap), and that I should eat avocados for a healthy and beautiful baby (but that a beautiful baby will make a homely adult... oh the dilemma...)

And I can't even get started on the baby name books we have. I'll save those for another post.


Favourite Books 2010: Heather Camlot, MySweetBaby

by Dan
Kids + News + Parenting / December 28, 2010

Create Your Own PlanetCreate Your Own Planet
Todd Parr
Chronicle Books ISBN 9780811871464
$16.99

Trying to explain the world beyond the window to young children such as my own is tough, but this fun “doodle and draw” book makes them to think about life around them, from whether caterpillars wear shoes to what makes people happy.

 

ShadowShadow
Suzy Lee
Chronicle Books ISBN 9780811872805
$17.99


Imaginative play at its best — while the young girl in Shadow creates her own world with simple items found in the attic, young readers create their own story to the simple, striking images in the wordless book. 

 

Every Day's A HolidayEvery Day's A Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids
Heidi Kenney

Chronicle Books ISBN 9780811871440
$26.95


I can’t get enough of craft books — they are without hesitation my favourite reads. I love this one for the range of techniques and materials, from fruit-stamping onto fabric to constructing a garden basket out of mini fencing, as well as for the list of unusual holidays — World Origami Days, who knew?

 

heather camlotHeather Camlot is the editor of MySweetBaby.


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