Last week we shared our Fall 2015 catalog with you — now it’s time to open it up and see what’s inside! Here are three great books from our Fall 2015 list to get excited about:

Brother Giovanni

Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward

Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born
By Anna Smucker
Illustrated by Amanda Hall

Brother Giovanni is a happy man, content to do what he knows best: baking. But all is not well at his monastery, where the monks are trying to teach the children their prayers in time for a very important visit from the Bishop. Having tried everything, they turn to Giovanni — but he doesn’t know anything about teaching! Eventually, though, Brother Giovanni discovers how to use his gifts to offer the children the perfect motivation and invents the tasty treat we now know as the pretzel.

This vibrant book, which includes a historical note and a pretzel recipe, tells the fascinating story behind one of the world’s most popular snacks.

Fur Fins Feathers

Fur, Fins, and Feathers

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo
By Cassandre Maxwell

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo.

(If you’re interested in this book, check out these other great books for animal lovers you’ll be sure to enjoy!)

Animal Beauty

Animal Beauty

Animal Beauty
By Kristin Roskifte

When an elephant in the city zoo picks up a beauty magazine, she makes a horrifying discovery: her wrinkles make her look ancient! After covering herself with anti-aging cream, she passes the magazine on to the other animals in the zoo. Soon the panda is trying to get rid of the dark circles under his eyes, the lion is getting the latest celebrity hairstyle, and the boa constrictor is dressing in leopard print (snakeskin was so last season). But how will people react to the animals’ new looks?

This zany, satirical picture book addresses body image issues and reminds readers to appreciate themselves for who they are.