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The Wisdom of Flowers: Essential Life Lessons for Joy and Wellbeing

This delightful, gorgeously illustrated, browsable book is a quick read for those who want to learn facts and tidbits about a range of flowering plants. Readers can also discover how they may embody their best characteristics.

The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human-Canine Connection

An excellent addition to the field of canine cognition and emotional connection that is inclusive and easily digested.

Who’s a Good Dog?: And How To Be a Better Human

This authoritative work asks how owners can provide their dogs with an environment to which comfortable, fulfilling adaptation is possible. Highly recommended for most collections.

Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them

An informative and enjoyable listen, interweaving Danovich’s personal experiences with entertaining details about historical and current issues in the world of chickens.

Gotcha Day! Adoption Tales of Remarkable Rescue Dogs

This title may be best for collections with generous budgets or a demanding audience, and it would make a thoughtful gift for dog owners and would-be adopters.

Our Little Farm: Adventures in Sustainable Living

Most likely of interest to only the readers who have already embarked on self-sufficient farming and want detailed information.

Planting for Pollinators: Creating a Garden Haven

For serious gardeners who understand the specifics of their region and want to improve their gardens to attract pollinators throughout the year.

The Little Book of Flower Pressing: All the Basics Plus 11 Projects To Inspire You

With its overview of flower pressing’s rich history and a beginner-friendly guide to getting started, this book is a bona fide garden of delights that’s sure to inspire creations rooted in the past, yet flowering in the present.

The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own-Fertilizer System for Organic Agriculture

A solid resource on local ecology. This book will be a worthy addition to any library in a garden-loving community.

Good Fengshui: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Balance and Harmony in Your Home

An easy, educational, and intriguing read that’s less about a room and more about one’s surroundings. Best for readers studying urban design or architecture.

Edible Houseplants: Grow Your Own Citrus, Coffee, Vanilla, and 43 Other Tasty Tropical Plants

This is an extraordinarily helpful guide for indoor plant enthusiasts of all levels. Highly recommended.

Zen in the Garden: The Japanese Art of Peaceful Gardening

Detailed and graceful descriptions will likely delight and inspire avid gardeners to look at their garden from a different perspective. Best for larger botanical collections.

White and Faded: Restoring Beauty in Your Home and Life

The author cleverly explores the restoration of the home and the spirit, making this a unique title in the interior design genre. Antique lovers, photographers, and those who repurpose home goods will want to check this out.

Find Yourself at Home: A Conscious Approach to Shaping Your Space and Your Life

While much of the design advice feels familiar, readers with an interest in feng shui will likely enjoy this book.

The Brooklyn Home: Modern Havens in the City

This book is a high-end, Pinterest-worthy home design trip to Brooklyn that does not disappoint.

The Garden Maker’s Book of Wonder: 162 Recipes, Crafts, Tips, Techniques, and Plants to Inspire You in Every Season

This is an excellent resource for all levels of gardeners to use to create their own dream grounds. An indispensable title for gardening collections.

Heirloom Rooms: Soulful Stories of Home

Fans of Home Town will relish this insightful look at the cohosts’ dream home and memories. This title will also likely appeal to readers who enjoy interior design and personalizing their own living spaces to create a homey feel.

The Love Language of Flowers: Floriography and Elevated, Achievable, Vintage-Style Arrangements

A thorough and well-executed title about floriography for modern times. This book is filled with beautiful photography and inspiration for general readers to create their own sentimental bouquets.

Barndominiums: Your Guide to a Perfect, Inexpensive Dream Home

A great introductory book for readers who love home design or DIY books or are interested in learning more about the growing demand and popularity of barndominiums.

New York Green: Discovering the City’s Most Treasured Parks and Gardens

Recommended for libraries in or near New York City. This book would also be useful as a travel guide or a resource on the history of public green spaces and options to explore.

Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind

Best for fans of Queer Eye, but this book may also appeal to readers who are looking for some design inspiration.

The Green Gardening Handbook: Grow, Eat and Enjoy

Not ideal for beginners, but there are plenty of tips for seasoned gardeners and lots of charm for armchair gardeners.

Super Bloom: A Field Guide to Flowers for Every Gardener

An excellent guide that includes resources to cultivate gardens all over the world. A fantastic choice to add to gardening collections.

House Plants for Every Space: A Concise Guide to Selecting, Designing and Maintaining Plants in Any Indoor Space

A lovely, browsable book for houseplant enthusiasts. It’s useful for identifying new plant species and decorating with them. Readers who need instructions about how to grow these plants, however, will need to look elsewhere.

Still Life

Suitable for a wide range of readers, including art and design professionals, flower lovers, art students, and those searching for a bold coffee-table book that serves as a conversation starter.

Organized Living: Solutions and Inspiration for Your Home

A fresh take on home organization that will likely serve as catnip for readers wanting peeks of the experts’ homes and instructions on how to achieve it themselves.

Victorian Modern: A Design Bible for the Victorian Home

An educational read. Purchase where Victorian decorating titles are requested or needed.

Homegrown Flax and Cotton: DIY Guide To Growing, Processing, Spinning & Weaving Fiber to Cloth

This book takes readers through the process, from start to finish, of making cotton and linen clothing. Many crafters and readers interested in sustainability will likely enjoy this one.


The Home Edit: Stay Organized; The Ultimate Guide to Making Systems Stick

An easy-to-read, judgment-free book for readers who want to tackle intimidating home organization projects.

The Little Book of Dog Care: Expert Advice on Giving Your Dog Their Best Life

Ratcliff displays their knowledge, professionalism, and love of canines in this must-have book for first-time dog owners or any dog lover.

Call It Home: The Details That Matter

Gorgeous to thumb through, this illuminating title will do well in libraries with strong circulating interior design collections.

Fifty Places To Travel with Your Dog Before You Die: Dog Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations

This book is a worthy addition to libraries with well-circulating travel or pet sections.

Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home

For his first print book, Ghafari, who created the Urban Farm and Kitchen blog, has written an approachable, deeply useful work for beginner gardeners that is enlivened with recipes and great images.

Dogs Demystified: An A–Z Guide to All Things Canine

A foreword by Jane Goodall and quirky dog drawings enhance this title. For comprehensive collections of materials on dog studies, animal cognition, and psychology and for general readers who love their pet dogs.

Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Your Cat

While the information in this book isn’t particularly new or groundbreaking, its straightforward language and expressive illustrations of many different cat species make it a helpful read for families with children who are getting their first pet cat or for new cat owners looking for an easy manual to help guide their understanding of their new feline family member.

The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables

Fascinating for gardeners and ecology-minded readers. May induce a hankering to seek out or grow brown badger peas, Johnson’s Wonderful Longpod beans, and Hanging Lobster tomatoes.

Rebel Gardening: A Beginner’s Handbook to Organic Urban Gardening

Make space for this volume; it’s the kind of book that can hook a reader.

The Garden: Elements and Styles

The reference use of the title will be high, but consider buying it for the circulating collection too, for this is a work that readers will pore over.

The Tiny but Mighty Farm: Cultivating High Yields, Community, and Self-Sufficiency from a Home Farm

A great book for aspiring small farmers and readers interested in improving their gardens. Libraries with well-circulating plant and garden sections will not be able to keep this on the shelf.

Tiny and Wild: Build a Small-Scale Meadow Anywhere

For gardeners who want to abandon the staid lawns-and-borders approach to gardening. This book provides stimulating incentives and tips to create the biodiverse meadow of their dreams.

What Gardeners Grow: 600 Plants Chosen by the World’s Greatest Plantspeople

Experienced gardeners and other plant aficionados will likely enjoy exploring this distinctive compilation. Recommended for larger public libraries and ones with a botanical focus.

Rekha’s Kitchen Garden: Seasonal Produce and Homegrown Wisdom from a Year in One Gardener’s Plot

Readers hoping to grow their own vegetables and seeking a friend to help them begin will be happy to meet Mistry via her bright and bountiful work.

Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Cacti and Succulents

This attractive, authoritative introductory guide to growing cacti and other succulents will be relished by gardeners of all levels, who will likely want to add these fascinating plants to their indoor plant collections.

Sacred Spaces: Everyday People and the Beautiful Homes Created Out of Their Trials, Healing, and Victories

This book shares aspects of design, love, and the sacred to encourage readers to cultivate with intent the most important space in their lives: home.

Year of No Garbage: Recycling Lies, Plastic Problems, and One Woman’s Trashy Journey to Zero Waste

Recommended for all public and academic library collections and especially for those with patrons who have an interest in recycling or composting. This title can easily fit in humor, sustainability, or memoir sections.

Weekend Refresh: Home Design in 48 Hours or Less

This attractive and useful addition to the DIY home design shelf will appeal to both new and experienced crafters.

A Healthier Home: The Room-by-Room Guide To Make Any Space a Little Less Toxic

This book is full of ideas that will appeal to readers trying to eliminate their household toxins, reduce their environmental impact, and live a little greener.

Black and Decker, the Complete Guide to Bathrooms, Updated 6th Edition: Beautiful Upgrades and Hardworking Improvements You Can Do Yourself

This is a detailed and nonintimidating floor-to-ceiling guide that encourages DIYers to build beautiful yet functional bathrooms.

Sit in the Sun: And Other Lessons in the Spiritual Wisdom of Cats

Cat lovers and fans of Sweeney’s other works will be excited about this title. This is a good spiritual nonfiction book, a cozy one for patrons to sit with over a cup of tea or in a meditation pose with a cat curled in their lap.

The First-Time Gardener: Container Food Gardening; All the Know-How You Need To Grow Veggies, Fruits, Herbs, and Other Edible Plants in Pots

Recommended as a first choice for gardening collections.

The Seven-Step Homestead: A Guide for Creating the Backyard Microfarm of Your Dreams

Written by a backyard homesteader who committed to providing fresh food for her children who experienced health challenges, this is a recommended and comprehensive guide on how to produce one’s own food.

How To Grow the Flowers: A Sustainable Approach to Enjoying Flowers Through the Seasons

As lovely as it is useful, this book will likely appeal to fans of Erin Benzakein.

A Year in the Edible Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Growing and Harvesting Vegetables, Herbs, and Edible Flowers

Raven’s book is a font of information and inspiration, written with a lovely tone and an inviting approach. Readers will wish the year with her would never end.

How To Raise a Happy Cat: So They Love You (More Than Anyone Else)

While much of the information in this guide will be familiar to longtime cat caretakers, the quirky presentation is both appealing and accessible. Recommended for public library collections.

The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa

This head-to-paw guide to domestic cat behavior is the purr-fect addition for cat and science lovers who want to learn more about Felis catus and their large, wild cousins.

Your Space, Made Simple: Interior Design That’s Approachable, Affordable, and Sustainable

This book would be a great selection for a library with a well-used design section. Best for new homeowners and readers looking to redecorate, but the visual details could attract a variety of creative people.

Growing at Greenfields: A Seasonal Guide to Growing, Eating and Creating from a Beautiful Scottish Garden

Reading much like a memoir, this gardening guide is simply lovely. It should appeal to those who hope to make a garden, those who share Yates’s love of gardening, and those hoping to find a bit of beauty and calm joy in a reading experience.

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cannabis and Making Your Own Healing Remedies: Learn About the Plant’s Medicinal Properties; Grow Outdoors in Your Own Backyard; and Make Tinctures, Salves, Edibles, and Oils

There are many books on the subject, but the presentation and comprehensive style of Sweet’s will stand out from the rest. A good source of information about growing cannabis for medicinal purposes, ideal for beginners.

The Book of Pet Love and Loss: Words of Comfort and Wisdom from Remarkable People

This book will appeal to those searching for quotes regarding pet loss as well as stories about familiar personalities and their beloved pets. A worthy addition to libraries that see steady circulation of nonfiction that tugs at the heartstrings.

The Sustainable Homestead: Create a Thriving Permaculture Ecosystem with Your Garden, Animals, and Land

An excellent resource for individuals and communities interested in homesteading, permaculture, and sustainability.

Calm Living: Simple Design Transformations To Fill Your Spaces with Tranquility

Ideal for readers ready to do the work themselves and for those more interested in anecdotal explanations than concrete design images.

A Northern Gardener’s Guide to Native Plants and Pollinators

A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated book useful for beginner and experienced gardeners who plan to add native plants to their gardens.

The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants

An excellent addition to any library, this plant guide will prove to be a lasting resource for gardeners and nature lovers.

Green Dumb Guide to Houseplants: 45 Unfussy Plants That Are Easy To Grow and Hard To Kill

A charming, browsable, useful book for beginners, although some of the plants here might be more challenging to grow than the author says.

A Garden’s Purpose: Cultivating Our Connection with the Natural World

Recommended for gardening and environmental collections.

Puppy Love: An Illustrated Guide to Picking Your Perfect Canine Companion

An adorable read with colorful illustrations and brief breed descriptions, this book might be helpful for first-time dog owners, although it’s not an essential guide.

Groundcover Revolution: How To Use Sustainable, Low-Maintenance, Low-Water Groundcovers To Replace Your Turf

This is a friendly, how-to gardening book that belongs in all gardening collections.

The Good Garden: How To Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard

Enhanced with numerous lovely color photographs, this inviting book is a wonderful overview on sustainable gardening.

An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Ducks: Breeds, Feeding, Housing and Care, Eggs and Meat

Buy where there is an interest in backyard poultry.

Professor Pincushion’s Beginner Guide to Sewing: Garment Making for Nervous Newbies

The clear instructions, attractive photos, and graphics make this an essential starting place for sewing and a foundation to continue to build on.

Veg Out: A Stress-Free Guide to Creating Your First Vegetable Garden

The alphabetical profiles of easy-to-grow plants will entice beginner gardeners to embark on a delicious journey to feed themselves physically and spiritually.

Embrace Your Space: Ideas and Stylish Upgrades for Every Room on Any Budget

Ideal for public libraries where interior design collections are popular.

The Creative Vegetable Gardener: 60 Ways To Cultivate Joy, Playfulness, and Beauty Along with a Bounty of Food

Experienced vegetable gardeners, as well as those considering growing a garden for the first time, will relish this informative, charming book, enhanced by the many lovely color photographs of gardens and plants. It simply brims with creative ideas for planning and growing a thriving vegetable garden.

Let’s All Keep Chickens! The Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World

The real value of this book lies in the author’s core philosophy of being mindful about every aspect of raising chickens. This isn’t so much a how-to guide to dip into when needed as it is a practical ode to trusting your instincts and loving your chickens. Mixed in with the good advice are several anecdotes from the author’s parents’ days in Guatemala, as well as several Guatemalan family recipes featuring eggs (of course).

A Gardener’s Guide to Botany: The Biology Behind the Plants You Love, How They Grow, and What They Need

This highly recommended book is a fine addition to all gardening collections.

Home Therapy: Interior Design for Increasing Happiness, Boosting Confidence, and Creating Calm

This is a perfect book for readers looking to combine self-help and self-care with interior design and organization.

Prefabulous for Everyone

A wonderfully curated design book for fans of Koones or readers looking to downsize.

Design Happy: Colorful Homes for the Modern Family

Readers can learn much from Wentz’s book, even if these homes and renovations are beyond their budget. A complete list of sources for furnishings, wall coverings, and textiles is included.

Yarn Spinning with a Modern Twist: How To Create Your Own Gorgeous Yarns Using a Drop Spindle

This book may be intimidating for readers who have no experience with or easy access to raw wool. It is geared much more to those who are already spinning wool and seeking more specialized advice.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

A highly engaging and informative book with vivid pictures that celebrates an era of unforgettable and influential style. This must-add to public libraries will likely delight both fans of interior design and art history buffs, but it’s also accessible to the casual but curious reader.

The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

This inspirational tearjerker is highly recommended for anyone who has ever owned or loved a pet.

Scandinavian Style Easter Knits

A charming book for experienced knitters.

Origami and Kirigami for the Home: Paper Art Decorations, Gift Wrapping and Handmade Cards

This is a thorough entry into the world of paper crafting, with beautiful photos to accompany each project and enough pieces for readers of every skill level to enjoy.

The Joy of Home

While not every family can afford a vacation home, these designs will inspire homeowners to opt for Gilbreath’s unique blend of simplicity and elegance.

Compost Science for Gardeners: Simple Methods for Nutrient-Rich Soil

A no-frills book that both newbies and experts will find useful when planning or replenishing their gardens.

The Art of the Flower

Highly recommended for any collection where interior design or gardening books are popular.

The Cottage Fairy Companion: A Cottagecore Guide to Slow Living, Connecting to Nature, and Becoming Enchanted Again

This book presents an easy entry point for readers interested in exploring mindfulness and the cottagecore lifestyle.

Creative Style: Liveable, Loveable Spaces

The text provides insight into the collaborative process between McGraw and her clients. The photos are gorgeous, and the layout is clean and simple; the photo captions explain why various elements, colors, textures, layouts, and shapes were chosen to enhance each space.

Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

This step-by-step guide is a good introduction for beginners who need specific directions for planning and planting a vegetable garden. Gardeners looking for expanded details on growing individual vegetables may wish to consult a work such as Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible.

The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook: Identify and Manage Diseases and Other Common Problems on Edible Plants

Novices and advanced gardeners alike will find valuable tips and strategies in this resource. Recommended as a companion to strong gardening collections.

The Color of Roses: A Curated Spectrum of 300 Blooms

Recommended as a secondary purchase for libraries with a large gardening collection.

Maybe Swearing Will Help: Relax and Curse Your Ass Off in Cross-Stitch

This is a short but comprehensive and enjoyable companion piece for cross-stitch fans looking to add a little humor to their next project.

Macramé Jewellery: 20 Stylish Modern Projects Using Simple Knots

Strambio’s appreciation for the art of macramé and her encouragement for readers to give knotting a try and let mistakes be part of the unique quality of a hand-crafted piece make this book a celebration of creativity from start to finish.

Restyle & Restitch for Little Ones: 30 Simple Projects from Preloved Clothes

As recycling and sustainability keep growing in importance, this is a creative way to avoid ditching clothing that readers aren’t ready to give up.

The Innovative Artist: Art of Pyrography; Drawing with Fire

This well-structured primer will appeal to artists looking for a new medium, as well as beginning to intermediate–level pyrographers interested in adding new skills and techniques.

Embroidered Crochet: Enchanting Projects To Crochet and Embroider

While the crocheted instructions are adequate, and there are useful sections on blocking and finishing, the book contains several technical errors and omissions with the embroidered topstitching instructions. Only recommended for libraries where there is demand for the author’s books.

Satisfying Stitches: Learn Simple Embroidery Techniques and Embrace the Joys of Stitching by Hand

Highly recommended, especially for libraries looking to expand their beginner-embroidery offerings.

Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design

For gardeners who would like a more natural look rather than curb appeal, this is an essential resource.

Recycling in the Garden: Reusing Everyday Items

While this book focuses specifically on the UK, readers from around the world are sure to find useful ideas to help them create sustainable and unique gardens using recycling methods.

Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant

Part microhistory, part tips and tricks, this book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. A great read for all those who love their flora.

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