Great Books to Gift this Holiday Season From Workman Publishing!

I love getting books for Christmas! There’s truly almost nothing better than unwrapping the perfect book that you were hoping for or a book you didn’t even know existed but everything about it calls out to you. If I get gifted cash or gift-card to the right store, you can bet that I’ll most likely be spending it on a book or two.

This Holiday season I would love to shed the light on Workman Publishing. They sent me some pretty amazing books to check out and feature this month. While browsing their online selection, I was delighted and surprised at just how many of their books that are already quite at home on my bookshelves.  

They have a vast selection of books perfect for those of all ages. For example you’ll find from them fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, cookbooks, resource, activity, crafting, art and those specific to children.  

-A Few Totally Giftable Books!-

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco (September 18; Ages: 8-12 years; $19.95) is a passport to the world’s most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders, presented in a stunning full-color illustrated expedition to 100 real destinations in 47 countries on every continent.

Wow! This book is absolutely wondrous. It’s perfect for the budding adventurer and explorer. It takes readers on a truly remarkable expedition that they will likely want to take again and again.

This book spotlights 100 places journeying across 47 countries. I guarantee like me, you’ll catch yourself in awe in knowing some of these amazing places exist on our plant. For instance,  did you know that New Zealand has a Spacecraft cemetery or that there are rainbow waterways in Colombia? 

Throughout, you’ll learn about Ancient Achievements, Daredevil Destinations, Watery Wonders, Human Achievement, Strange Science and much more. If that wasn’t enough there’s also  methods of travel, explorer tips, how to learn from others and further reading suggestions.

I loved how the book started with an introduction, packing list of items most explorers would need and that contents are labeled as “Adventure Plan”. 

The illustrations are done exceptionally well lacking in nothing. Whether a child is listening to someone else read this book or reading it on their own. The imagery helps give a visual to all the information shared. 

I got this book for my nearly 8 year old son and my 10.5 year old daughter.  I’m tying it into their geography and history studies. It’s been a delight to introduce them to such amazing real life places on our planet in this way.

This is an immersive guide that is well worth picking up!


Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World by Korwin Briggs (August 21; Ages: 9-12 years; $19.95) celebrates the world’s myths and legends in an A–Z compendium that draws not only from Greek and Roman traditions, but also Norse sagas, Egyptian history, Shinto pantheons, and more. Modern, illustrations, and a humorous narrative voice revive the enduring appeal of each tale.

This book contains a plethora of information on myths and legends put together in a way that older children would enjoy and can easily understand.

The size of the book is pretty large but to be expected since this is taking a look at these stories from cultures all around the world. For example there’s Norse, Hawaiian, Egyptian, American Great Plains, Chinese, Celtic, and many more!

The hardcover is strong and the pages sturdy enough to be flipped through again and again. It’s easy to find just what you are looking for since the book starts in A and end in Z.

The illustrations are fun to look at and certainly capture the stories with amusement almost in a comic like manner. 

My kids recently just watched “The Monkey King” Netflix original show and thought it was pretty cool that Sun Wukong’s (the monkey King) story was included in this book. Among this story, they know a little bit about a few of the Greek God’s like Zeus and Hercules. Thanks to this book they are both getting to learn about many more myths in the world.

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Overall, this is a fun, informative and amusing fictional  book . I feel any kid really into Mythology and Legends would count this book as gold!  It’s certainly worth checking out. 



How to Instant PotMastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook by Daniel Shumski (October 31, 2017; $16.95) The only Instant Pot cookbook that is organized by function, How to Instant Pot is both a guide to understanding the Instant Pot basics and a foodie’s creative collection of over 100 recipes specially crafted to take advantage of the Instant Pot’s many virtues, from cooking perfect risottos in six minutes, no stirring required, to five kinds of yogurt, to creating one-hour killer chili and soups from scratch, using dried beans. 

I am quite into my Instant Pot and I have a lot of cookbooks for it.  Some of the cookbooks are great and others are just so-so.  This title however, really impressed me since among many recipes, it is a guide in understanding the what, why, how and which.

If you have a question about absolutely anything whether it be cook times, what those codes mean on the LCD screen, how to convert favorite recipes and which accessories you should really invest in, this book has you covered! 

There are over 100 recipes and plenty of short cut options to make things like faux roasted garlic, pickled vegetables and mulled cider for example.  There are helpful icons in knowing if a recipe is dairy-free, vegan, and so forth.  Icons also included let you know if a recipe will take 30 or 60 minutes and less. 

The book does well to lay open flat without closing. The pages are glossy. Full color photos are posted with many of the recipes though not all. Note the book is arranged by function instead of by recipe categories because this book generally is created to help you learn how to use the functions of the pot. 

If you get one new Instant Pot cookbook this Holiday season, I highly recommend this one.  It’s a great pick for beginners to novice users in understanding and creating delicious meals and treats with the Instant Pot! 


If none of these books are for you, no worries! There are many more to browse through over at the Workman Publishing Site. 

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a free sample or a discount to purchase the product for review  purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.