Holiday gift trends come and go, but books are a perennial classic. And the volumes that make the best gifts feature stunning visuals and well-designed content that educates while it entertains.
Here are six titles for everyone on your list:
For a journey through scenic and rich animal habitats, give “Wildlife of the World.” Portrait-style photography brings you “face-to-face” with individual animals, from the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic, to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia. Engrossing profiles narrate how they interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, the book also features an 80-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom
Gift the complete history of the musical with “Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story.” This behind-the-scenes tour of the best-loved musicals uses rich photography, memorabilia and behind-the-scenes gossip to tell the story of more than 140 notable stage and film productions and their creators.
Star Wars Enthusiasts
Wacky trivia await readers of “Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know,” from who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims. From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI.
Super Hero Fans
For the most comprehensive single volume published on the subject, “Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia,” details the genesis of the team and explores the powers of more than 250 characters and 40 teams and lineups, including fan-favorites such as Captain America and Black Widow. Packed with fantastic comic book art, this title is a must-have guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Unlock the secrets of LEGO building in this all-new book based off the popular LEGO Ideas series. “LEGO Awesome Ideas” shows fans how to create their own world with LEGO bricks by providing step-by-step visual breakdowns of new models and offering alternative ways to build them, brick by brick. With unique model ideas and expert tips and techniques, “LEGO Awesome Ideas” will inspire anyone, from beginners to accomplished builders. Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to Sloth and his sidekick Sengi as they try to find their way out of the zoo with the help of machines. Their efforts are brought to life in “How Machines Work: Zoo Break!” Through models and illustrations, as well as novelty elements including pop-ups, pull-outs, and lift-the-flaps, readers can explore how and why machines work.
For a classic gift that will never go out of fashion, consider giving an interesting and engaging book this holiday season. New beautifully designed titles are available for everyone on your list. (StatePoint)