May 2021 Prime Picks
a publisher that vettes virtually every recipe to assure they are
highly recommended picks for discriminating cooks and collections
The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook
(9781948703581, $29.99) bills its
cookbook as the item of choice for busy home cooks who want to cook a
meals from one grocery list, with no waste.
goal by presenting meal plans based on the weeknight dinner, working
recipes built from that main meal that apply to other, different meals
make-head options, and fast cooking times lend to streamlined
efforts and results that use fresh ingredients daily.
embrace international fare, including such diverse flavors as as
Lemon Orzo with Mint and Dill or Teriyaki Stir-Fried Beef with Green
The key to
book successfully lies in the sections covering 'why this meal plan
which often includes tips for the entire family's participation in the
success. Color photos abound, adding to the simple recipes' appeal.
Cook for Your Gut Health (9781948703529,
$29.99) is co-written by
Alicia A. Romano, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, and focuses on flavorful fare that
source of fiber and nutrients supporting gut health.
follow a gluten-free
or dairy-free diet will find ample recipes and flavors designed to be
one's stomach. These invite the taste buds with diverse flavors such as
Chipolte-Braised Pork and Rice or Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with
throughout and an attention to explaining the health benefits of each
for an especially inviting cookbook for those who want a specific focus
recommended picks for all levels of cooks and readers who want good,
Zero Proof: Drinks & More
provides a hundred recipes for
mocktails and low-alcohol cocktails, and is an exceptional collection
for those who would reduce alcohol intake or eliminate it entirely from
need alcohol to prove appealing. One example is a Blueberry Lavender
which comes from homemade blueberry lavender syrup, club soda, and
blueberries. Another is a Strawberry Basil Lemonade which is perfect
ingredients can come from a home garden, while the homemade syrups and
are a snap to produce.
recipes make one drink, so it's easy to put together a zero proof drink
Laurence King Publishing
Around the World in 80 Plants takes a
global romp through the plant
world as it presents inviting botanical stories about plants that have
human lives and history.
All kinds of
are included here, from flowers and herbs to vegetables, wild plants,
oddities that intersect with human lives in unusual ways.
natural history of the coffee plant and its importance not just to
but animals attracted to it to the slow-growing Indonesian nutmeg's
around the world and its reputation for stimulating male interests
prompted men to carry nutmegs with them), this lively survey is
accompanied by outstandingly
gorgeous color drawings by Lucille Clere.
Around the World in 80 Plants's tone and
colorful presentation will
prove eye-catching to more than science or history buffs alone, making
it a top
recommendation for not just natural history collections, but any
Atlantic Monthly Press
buffs with a
special interest in book history will find The
Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated
Renaissance to be especially inviting. It details the
influence on the book
world of a 1400s man, Vespasiano da Bisticci, who came to be known as
king of the world's booksellers."
of books over four decades, selling handmade artistic productions from
bookshop which became a literary focus of discussions about books. His
influence made him not just a notable patron of the arts, but a
merchant who embraced new innovations in the bookmaking world.
Renaissance history, books, or business history will find the lively
details of The Bookseller of Florence
that should appeal beyond the boundaries of the usual history reader to
general-interest audiences with a lively chronicle that surveys not
man's influence, but the early history of bookmaking revolutions.
Natalina Rojas, Ana Maria Martinez, & Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Celebrating Birds: An Interactive Field Guide
Featuring Art from
Wingspan is a birder's book like few others, designed to be
used not at the
kitchen table, but in the field.
color illustrations by Natalina Rojas and Ana Maria Martinez were
the Wingspan board game. They capture almost two hundred North American
The idea is to challenge readers to find and identify the birds
Lab of Ornithology adds details and facts needed to understand each
habitat, natural history, and threats to its existence.
beautiful compilation of bird images and facts that encourages amateurs
outdoors and observe, providing an organization and details designed to
readers (particularly newcomers to birding) with rich images and
This book is more inviting and lively than competitors.
for an amateur birder, a game player of Wingspan, or a young person
beginning to observe birds in the wild.
Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg
Harvard Business Review Press
Glass Half Broken: Shattering the Barriers That
Still Hold Women Back
at Work is a business book and women's issues account that
most discussions of the glass barrier to gather proven techniques on
break into positions of power in an organization.
how and why gender-based inequities remain in a working system long
they've been identified, the meat of this book lies in interviews with
of women and men around the world, who revel how to address gender gaps.
committed to combating gender inequality in their workplaces to women
mentoring other women and HR personnel committed to revising management
policies, chapters survey corporate developments, operations, and
approaches to addressing the glass ceiling limiting women's
women's issues collection should be without this important survey.
The Life and
The Life and Times of Jo Mora: Iconic Artist of the
considers the range of his art, from sculptures to maps, dioramas, and
paintings, reviewing Mora's travels, influences, and body of visual
depicted the American West's peoples and lifestyles.
of his times, Mora traveled throughout Arizona and California,
these iconic places and peoples. More than searching for artistic
Mora was interested in the history and cultures of the world, spoke
languages, and worked in an unusually wide range of mediums.
1876-1947, settling and working in California and becoming not just an
illustrator, but a writer.
excerpted here, his visuals are presented in good-sized color images,
and his art
is analyzed in an an outstanding coverage that links Mora's life to his
should be without this in-depth survey of his world.
Harvard Business Review Press
My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New
Products More Human
gives business, technology, and social issues readers alike a solid
of smart products, their ability to interact with humans in a new
how businesses foster loyalty through increased human/machine
such winning designs involves interactions between designers,
psychologists, and marketers charged with working together in a new way
these new products more accessible and appealing to consumers.
Carla Diana considers all the issues involved in crafting such
encouraging consumer bonding with products.
from modern life, from robot vacuum cleaners to Amazon Echo, spice a
social, physical, and psychological contexts that will prove essential
anyone involved in new technology development and its marketing.
reader might believe My Robot Gets Me
belongs in a science collection; but its importance to business,
and social issues readers makes it a winning recommendation for a much
Mitchell Beazley/Octopus Publishing
Plant: House Plants: Choosing, Styling, Caring
showcases the best
plants for different home environments, including care requirements,
and décor. It comes from a horticultural expert who focuses on plants
readily available, affordable, and easy to care for.
houseplants are on the market, but Gynelle Leon's focus on blending
plants into overall interior designs and including detailed profiles of
plant's growth, special needs, and appropriate placement in the home
standout on the subject.
at-a-glance care instructions, a good-sized color photo, and a short
its development and use in the home.
adding appropriate house plants for specific atmosphere or purposes
will find Plant: House Plants: Choosing,
Caring a very easy reference to consult.
Roost Books/Shambhala Publications
Radical Remedies: An Herbalist's Guide to Empowered
from a herbalist who goes beyond the usual survey of tinctures and
consider how a closer relationship with nature and herbs can remedy
ranging from emotional problems to overall bodily dysfunctions.
selects some thirty of the best herbs for accomplishing this goal,
with discussions of nutrition and including 'suggested preparations'
to the wise' about their formulation, applications, and pros and cons.
tips and changes in the usual discussion, Ducham points out where it
tricky to apply a 'one formula fits all' approach to herbal solutions
applications, often taking a practical approach to making lifestyle
adjustments: "If you'd like to give
up coffee without saying goodbye to caffeine altogether, try this
With the stimulating blend of aromatic herbs like ginger, damiana, and
rosemary, the nourishing qualities of nettle and holly basil that build
tired nerves; and antioxidant-rich green tea, you will find yourself
grabbing for this every morning."
health library should be without Radical
Remedies and its review of the hardest-hitting, most
Banks and Pantries
Katie S. Martin
Reinventing Food Banks and Pantries: New Tools to
End Hunger comes
from the Executive Director of the Foodshare Institute for Hunger
& Solutions, who discusses food inequalities, insecurities, and
view of food pantries as community hubs that offer more than just food.
kinds of strategies that lend to client empowerment, promoting a new
designing food banks and pantries to be not just more accessible, but
widely supportive of nutrition and other social services for the needy.
and pantries that have revamped their operations to provide a more
client experience give plenty of real-world examples about these
processes and how and why they work.
collection should be without this practical assessment of food
choices and their accompanying potential for community support and
picture book readers
interested in the subject of mermaids will find no better introduction
than All About Mermaids, which
engaging, large-size drawings by Vlad Stakovic that bring alive the
milieu and legend.
myth and reality (yes, there is a reality) about mermaids as it
Steller's sea cow, dugong, mermaids, and interrelated creatures of
attracted to fantasy and fun picture book tales will find this
attractive and engaging, filled with legends, lore, and pictures that
eye and invite reading.
titles and two middle grade readers are top recommendations from the
from Candlewick Press.
to early middle grade readers will relish Carlie Sorosiak's Leonard (My Life As A Cat)(9781536207705,
$17.99), which provides the whimsical sci-fi story of an alien sent to
and given the body of a stray cat.
by an animal lover, which allows him to more close study humans.
is charged with an impossible journey if he ever wants to be picked up
alien people rather than living his life stuck in a cat's body.
evolves is unexpected and compelling.
Werlin's Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good (9781536214734,
$17.99) will appeal into high school reader circles with the story of
is determined to stick with her boyfriend Simon no matter where he goes
ability to ignore her own interests and desires, always putting Simon's
loftier-seeming goals above her own. But when she attends a sci-fi
surrounding her favorite TV show, her life begins to change.
on a high
school girl's evolving independence holds an especially astute message
girls who find their own careers and interests fading during a romance.
fine nonfiction survey in the oversized Fungarium,
curated by Katie Scott and Ester Gaya (9781536217094, $35.00). This
exploration of a museum of fungi offers both microscopic and full-sized
of fungi, exploring their biology, growth, mycorrhizal networks, and
interactions with insects and species.
science drawings accompany many natural history details that will
middle grade into adult circles.
Rusch's Zee Grows a Tree
is illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, who provides fine drawings that
young girl's affection for a little Douglas fir tree at her family's
As tree and
grow up together, readers receive a gentle natural history that
different stages and growth processes of each.
Ray's The House of Grass and Sky
(9781536200973, $17.99) receives warm drawings by E.B. Goodale as it
the passage of time as experienced by a house which has people coming
from its world.
the children who lived within it during happier times and longs for a
again. Being empty is small comfort, but the house holds hope, and
happen in this gentle story of growth.
O'Byrne's Bad Cat! (9781536217285,
of the troublesome Fluffykins, who loves to wreck havoc in the home.
always be a
descriptions and attractive, large-size drawings invite laughter and,
who own cats, a degree of recognition over a bad kitty who just can't
getting into trouble.
All are fine
recommended for discriminating children's book collections.
Magdalena Konečná, Jana Sedláčková, Štĕpánka Sekanimová
oversized Colors of Habitats is a
lovely survey of
world habitats and their colorful appearances, and will appeal to young
naturalists with good reading skills who want to learn about different
and their inhabitants.
throughout create eye-catching pages that invite leisure browsing as
research, as these creatures and their worlds come to life.
picture books on the market about habitats; but few offer the artistic
visual attraction of Colors of Habitats,
which lends particularly well to attracting reluctant readers and whose
find superior visual displays essential for learning.
the Sea Dragon
the Sea Dragon is a vivid adventure recommended for ages 8-12, and
tells of a
wicked pirate captain blown off course to an island which shows on no
uncover the gold apples from a sea dragon's underwater orchard. Mr.
Betsy K. Glory are also setting sail into another adventure to help
sea dragon's missing egg...an unusual dilemma, because nothing has ever
stolen before, on the island.
encounter one another and struggles begin, readers are treated to a
mermaid folk story that features a princess, mermaids, and more.
with Mr. Tiger and Betsy's world will lend an immediate familiarity to
milieu and connections in this satisfying, fun fantasy.
Astrid Lindgren and Marit Törnqvist
Now That Night is Near is a picture book
story from the creator of Pippi Longstocking
illustrations by award-winning artist Marit Törnqvist. It's a
lovely, gentle bedtime story about the world going to sleep when night
sleeping in the fields to rabbits and lambs who lay down to rest, the
reinforces the fact that all creatures need to sleep.
notorious for staying up at night.
new books that discriminating collections and young readers will find
will relish Henry Cole's Homer on the
Case, which brings to mind the children's animal stories by
George as it follows the adventures of a homing pigeon.
natural history-based stories, Homer is a smart bird who has taught
read, and he is interested in human news.
theft, he must draw upon his investigative skills and resolve his
issues with humans with the aid of parrot friend Lulu.
Kitamura's The Smile Shop
(9781682632250, $17.99) tells
of a small boy who heads to market to carefully spend the money he's
for something special.
loses all his money, he is crushed, until he enters a Smile Shop and
in this story of a dilemma and its resolution.
stories that stand out from the crowd.
Slade's June Almeida, Virus Detective! The
Discovered the First Human Coronavirus (9781534111325,
$16.99) is the true
story of a scientist who discovered the first coronavirus, and surveys
June Almeida's life and discovery, but the process of research to
medicines and vaccines to fight coronavirus.
descriptions and lively approach of fiction, but includes many
details and insights into science, as well, to engage reluctant readers
in the story
of one woman's important approach to problem-solving in the lab.
virus research and women's biographies will find June
Almeida, Virus Detective! a fine story about both.
Barbara Dan's A Teacher Like You
(9781534111134, $16.99) is written by and for teachers, providing a
kids about how teachers can change young lives through their approach
ideas to kindness and patience, A Teacher
Like You celebrates the different ways teachers affect a
both inside and outside the classroom.
celebrates teachers, it also gives kids reason to better understand the
colorful drawings capture the teaching experience and compliment the
enthusiastic descriptions of teaching and learning processes.
Christopher D. Park's Little Sock Makes a
Friend (9781534111264, $14.99) tells of a small sock that
leads a big life
outside the drawer, visiting Sock City via the clothes dryer, where he
It would be
to have a matching sock to pair up with, but Little Sock doesn’t know
make a friend. And every sock is different.
A fun story
for ages 4-6, offering an easy reader about friendship that will appeal
either read-aloud parents or youngsters embarking on their own reading
The Problem with Pierre is an engaging
picture book tale that tells
of a cat and two neighbor friends who are very different.
a cat, Pierre, who defies the neat, organized life Bertram has created
himself. Pierre also prefers friend and neighbor Alan's messy house.
not happy about either situation.
How can Alan
Bertram make both Pierre and themselves happy? A series of efforts and
compromises brings the friends closer together in this whimsical story
of a cat
that changes those around him.
receive a warm lesson on friendship, compromise, and kitty care which
Stupid Baby is about little rabbit Simon,
who has built a very tall
rocket, as the story opens. It makes a lot of noise when it goes off,
disturbing the new baby in the house.
you came from, stupid baby," Simon advises his new sibling. And he
about many things...that the baby is there to stay forever, and that he
required to make many changes to accommodate him.
big bad wolves threatens him, Simon can't find solace with his parents.
a big brother to do?
A fun story emerges that makes for the perfect introduction to handling and developing feelings for and connections to a new sibling in the family.