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Books for GROWNUPS

America's National Parks

We worked closely with the National Parks Conservation Association to highlight hidden treasures in Americas national parks with breathtaking photos and expert commentary.

Cakes for Kids: 35 Colorful Cakes with
Easy-to-Follow Tips & Techniques

Style guru Matthew Mead designs amazing cakes for every kid—from rockets to robots, tiaras to tea sets. Gorgeous color photography, simple line drawings, and clearly written recipes make it easy for anyone to create these cakes and be a hero.

Cool Waters

Water is essential to life and an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but who says it has to be boring? This delightful book features 50 drink recipes: easy, economical, and sugar- and additive-free ways to infuse drinking water. Downtown Bookworks teamed up talented food stylist Brian Preston-Campbell and veteran food photographer Jerry Errico to create this refreshing twist on the cocktail cookbook.

Desperate Housewives
Signed up during the first season, this authorized tie-in was published in time for the season 2 premiere of the hit show.

Discovery Shark Week:
The Big Book of Sharks

Working closely with the shark experts behind Discovery Channel
s addictive Shark Week programming, we researched, wrote, and designed this "fintastic" tie-in book plus posters.

Easter Eggs

This beautiful book, written and photographed by Matthew Mead, features 40 Easter-friendly projects from simple sticker-dyed eggs to festive egg garlands and elegant eggshell candleholders.

Easy Everyday Favorites by Allrecipes.com
Easy Everyday Favorites contains more than 200 five-star family-friendly recipes collected from the hugely popular website. From weekday dinners for the family and appetizers for a crowd to desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth, Easy Everyday Favorites lives up to its name!

Kardashian Konfidential

When St. Martins needed someone to design a hot new book by very high-profile authors—on a very tight schedule—they came to us.

Lessons from The Apprentice

inventive twist on the basic authorized TV tie-in, this business book was based on material from the first three seasons of The Donalds top-ranked series.

From 2008 to 2014, we worked closely with the multi-talented Matthew Mead to build a branded line of books and bookazines for Time Home Entertainment. All of these books for holidays and home showcase Matthews unique formula for simple, spectacular DIYincluding clever crafts, fabulous food, and high-impact decor.

Mayo Clinic books

Working with the Mayo Clinic editorial and design departments, we pitched in on the production process to keep their prestigious publishing program on schedule.

McCormick Cooking with Flavor
This beautifully designed cookbook offers just what
d expect from the first name in flavor: hundreds of family-pleasing recipes—from savory to sweet, from bountiful breakfasts to delectable desserts.

McCormick 3-Step Cooking with Flavor
We worked with the McCormick Test Kitchen to create the recipes for this collection of family-friendly recipes, which can all be prepared in three steps or less.

Omaha Steaks: The Great American
Grilling Book

Omaha Steaks knows where the beef is. And Downtown Bookworks knows where the best recipe developers, food stylists, and photographers are. The Great American Grilling Book features fabulous recipes, luscious photos, and helpful how-tos for meat lovers and home cooks.

The Only Bake Sale Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

Downtown Bookworks' Pam Abrams and Child food editor Laurie Goldrich Wolf produced the ultimate resource: Two hundred recipes, plus ample advice for maximizing your bake-sale efforts.

The Original Picture Puzzle and The Ultimate Picture Puzzle
Follow-ups to LIFE magazine’s The Original Picture Puzzle (which was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller!), these books feature more than 100 puzzles each. The books were produced in conjunction with LIFE magazine, based on its popular back-page feature.

Parenting Magazine's Baby Must-Haves
Created in conjunction with the editors of Parenting, hundreds of mom testers, and more than 1,200 survey respondents, this indispensable, fully illustrated resource tells new parents what to buy, what to borrow, and what to skip.

Parentership Parenting

Married couple Dr. Kyle Pruett (Yale Child Study Center) and Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett (Smith College School for Social Work) collaborate on a
book about raising a happier family together, taking into account the biological and social differences each parent brings to the equation. Downtown Bookworks worked with the authors to translate their professional expertise into smart, yet accessible, relationship and parenting advice. With a foreword by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

Pocket Posh reference books
When Andrews McMeel needed a packager to expand their hugely successful portable book series with a selection of reference topics, they came to us. They knew they could depend o
n the Downtown Bookworks team to find experts able to execute the books on tight schedules as well as to the publishers exacting specifications.

Presidential “MINIS”

Downtown Bookworks created these immensely giftable books in a matter of a few short weeks. Small in stature, but long in facts, photos, and insight, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama tell the stories of America’s first family.

Real Family Food by the Editors of All You
Collected from the archives of the magazine, All You Real Family Food delivers exactly what the title promises: recipes that real families will love.

Remembering Johnny
Still a record-holder, this tribute to the King of Late Night was produced in three long, crazy days.

The Secret of Play
How to Raise Smart, Healthy,
Caring Kids from Birth to Age 12

Play is what kids do best—and how they learn best, too. And toy giant FAO Schwarz is pretty much the authority on play. So when we sat down with executives at FAO Schwarz and Good Morning America’s parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy to discuss a parenting book concept, The Secret of Play emerged quite naturally. In addition to working with the author and design team to shape the book, we produced the photography for this gorgeous celebration of the fun part of parenting.

The Snack Factor Diet

We worked closely with mediagenic nutritionist Keri Glassman to translate her "un-diet" philosophy (that snacking well anchors your health) into a book.

What Was I Thinking?
58 Bad Boyfriend Stories

Downtown Bookworks agented this collection of first-person essays describing the moment in a relationship when, no matter how much you think it should work, or want it to work, or need it to work, you get that it
s not going to work.

USA Today Picture Puzzles Across America
Downtown Bookworks resident puzzlemakers teamed up with the nations No. 1 newspaper to make brain-bending, eye-straining, mind-challenging puzzles featuring people, places, and things from all over the country. From Vegas Elvis-impersonators to Miami muscle cars, and from San Francisco fireworks to the boats of Boston harbor, the 100 spot-the-difference puzzles in this book were handpicked to take the reader from sea to shining sea. And we created this book in three fast-paced months.


Books for KIDS

The Around the World Cookbook

This colorful and easy-to-use cookbook shows budding chefs that it really is a small (and tasty!) world after all. Part cookbook, part travel book, Around the World Cookbook contains more than 50 kid-pleasing recipes and is chock full of fun food factoids and interesting historical and cultural information. Downtown Bookworks partnered with James Beard and IACP award nominee Abigail Johnson Dodge to create the recipes and text.

Artful Accessories

Artful Accessories features 12 projects inspired by works of art by painters including Raphael, Sargent, Manet, and Seurat. We worked closely with the publisher to develop accessory projects that were inspired by pieces of well-known fine art and could be created with materials that could be sourced and included in the kit. We also worked closely with an illustrator and a photographer to create step-by-step illustrated instructions and beautiful finish photos. Accompanying each project is information about the artist and the artwork featured. All of the materials needed to complete six of the projects are included in the kit.

Artful Jewelry Kit

Art meets crafts! This unique kit features step-by-step instructions for jewelry projects inspired by famous works of art, such as earrings that capture the soft spring colors of Botticelli’s La Primavera, a necklace celebrating the swirly sky of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and teardrop pearl earrings straight out of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. All the materials needed to complete
six of the 12 projects are included so young crafters can get started right away. The book also provides information on each artist’s life and work, offering lessons in art history to complement the crafting.

Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

Adapted from Charles Mann’s groundbreaking bestseller 1491, this fascinating, fully illustrated history is designed for kids eight and up. Just as 1491 shattered myths and misconceptions about Native Americans in the New World, Before Columbus sheds new light for students learning about this era of history. We worked closely with the author to ensure that his extensive research and revelations would resonate with middle
-grade readers.

Can I Push the Button?

If you’ve ever been in an elevator with a little kid, you know that they want nothing more than to push those buttons. With that in mind, we wrote the text for this charming story, commissioned the illustrations and book design, and partnered with Piggy Toes Press on this interactive board book for toddlers. Kids will love pushing real buttons (with sound!) all around town as they learn to count backwards from six to one with a disappearing die-cut format.

Celebrity "Mini" Series

ne Direction, the Jonas Brothers, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Taylor Lautner, and Justin Bieber all have something in common—devoted fans around the world who make them the perfect subjects for mini-biographies filled with anecdotes, quotes, and tons of fantastic photos.

Clifford's Big Dictionary
Downtown Bookworks poured through an enormous (and heartwarming) archive of Clifford artwork to select the clearest images to depict everything from acorn and alien to zigzag and zoom. In addition to providing an illustration and sample sentence for more than 400 words, this whimsical, illustrated dictionary also features colors, numbers, seasons, opposites, and more.

Corbin Bleu Up Close
Written, designed, and printed in less than three months, Up Close is the only authorized biography of rising star Corbin Bleu. Filled with never-before-seen photos and personal stories from Corbin, this is the perfect book for any Corbin Bleu fan!


Disney Poster-A-Page books
This series highlights some of Disneys most-cherished characters. Downtown Bookworks coined the series name and used beloved Disney artwork to create the look for the series. In each of the books, every page is a poster. In addition, every book comes with
nine supersize, pull-out posters, including one extra-large coloring poster.

Girl World: Quiz Zone 1
and 2

Quizzes on all things important to tweens, fabulous illustrations, and a super-charged design by the incomparable Georgia Rucker make these eye-catching books compulsive fun. Book 1 hit the shelves in November 2006;
book 2 in May 2007.


Harry Potter Poster Book
Downtown Bookworks worked with an incredibly talented designer to seamlessly weave together still photography and design elements from all eight Harry Potter films to create two editions of this book. Both editions feature 15 x 20-inch foldout posters—including one that spotlights more than 100 characters. (Can you name them all?)


Lucasfilms Poster-A-Page books
Combing through the artwork from six seminal movies was a tall task (and a fun one)! But we did it, adding The Skywalker Saga to Time Home Entertainments growing list of Poster-A-Page books. We also added the newest Star Wars property to the mix with Star Wars Rebels: Rogue Heroes. Stay tuned for more Poster-A-Page books featuring Star Wars characters.

The Marshmallow Incident

From the team behind the mega-best-selling Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this treat of a tale about Left and Right, and Right and Wrong will leave readers laughing out loud and begging for s’more!

Marvel Poster-A-Page Books
Downtown Bookworks packaged an Avengers Assemble and a Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. poster-a-page book. Every one of the 128 pages in each book is a poster, and each book comes with nine supersize posters. We coined the series name, developed the look, combed through lots of artwork, and worked with Marvel art to create compelling, action-packed posters.

Nickelodeon activity books
Time Home Entertainment Inc. called on Downtown Bookworks to select, repackage, resize, and Americanize some existing puzzles and games for new, lively activity books: The Annual Big Book of SpongeBob SquarePants and The Annual Big Book of Dora the Explorer.

Painting with Picasso, Quiet Time with Cassat, Dreaming with Rousseau, & On an Island with Gauguin

s hugely successful Minimasters series features fine art paired with lyrical text in charming board books for the youngest art lovers. Co-authored by Downtown Bookworks' Julie Merberg, these parents (and grandparents) favorites have been featured in places from the Metropolitan Museum catalog to People magazine.


Amazing crafter and former editor at Child magazine, Laurie Goldrich Wolf created more than 40 crafts for this eco-conscious how-to book. For every one of the recycled craft projects, the design features several interim step photos, along with concise instructions. Crafts include repurposed crayons, bowls made from discarded DVDs, wind chimes created from plastic ice cream shop spoons and bowls, decorative coasters culled from old T-shirts, and stylish paper necklaces formed from old magazines and junk mail.

Time Inc. chose Downtown Bookworks to launch its SUPERSTARS brand for our expertise in the ever-changing tween market, as well as for our ability to produce titles with great style and speed. Packed with glossy photographs and filled with information about teen celebrities and the lives they lead, we created both newsstand and trade editions for each title under extremely tight deadlines.

Teen People Celebrity Style Guide
This star-studded follow-up to Teen People Celebrity Beauty Guide shows girls how to have big screen style every day.

TIME For Kids Almanac
Downtown Bookworks produced the for
eight years. The ultimate in edutainment, this lavishly illustrated reference offers an overview on everything from sports and states to pop culture and cultures around the world. Thousands of stats, fun facts, and kid-centric current events make it a must-have for tweens. For the 2015 Almanac, we overhauled the books design, adding more infographics and large, dynamic photos. The new-and-improved Almanac is longer and even more packed with information than the previous editions. It features extended sections on science, sports, animals, the environment, and more!

TFK-science TIME For Kids: Big Book of Science Experiments
Award-winning science-enrichment organization Mad Science supplied us with fun, informative, hands-on science experiments ranging in skill level from simple to complex for ages 8 to 13. Downtown Bookworks worked with an artist to create simple, clear, step-by-step illustrations (that's more than 250 illustrations!). With a team of five experienced science writers, we created two pages of science information to contextualize each experiment. Downtown Bookworks produced this colorful, fact-filled, heavily illustrated book on an accelerated schedule.

TIME For Kids: Grammar Rules!
This handy grammar guide and workbook is filled with simple, sensible text explaining the rules of grammar for kids in grades 4 to 6. Its also packed with activities, exercises, and games. Unlike many grammar guides, this book is lush and colorful, illustrated with both photos and targeted original illustrations.

TIME For Kids: President Obama:
A Day in the Life of America’s Leader

Downtown Bookworks created this 128-page, picture-packed, thoroughly informative book about President Obama in two months. Covering everything from the Commander in Chief’s morning routine to his travels around the country and around the world, President Obama gives young readers an inside look at the presidency and the White House.

TIME For Kids Science Almanac
Downtown Bookworks tapped a team of top-notch science writers to come up with a table of contents covering a wide range of topics, from the scientific method, mass, and the muscular system to the Venus, volcanoes, and venomous animals. We consulted the editors at during the editorial and photo-selection processes to make sure the concepts would be clear and understandable to kids and the design would be lively and engaging.


TFK Smarts, Volume 1 and 2
We produced this lively custom magazine in collaboration with Time for Kids for distribution to Girl Scouts of America. This heavily illustrated custom publication features different sections for each Girl Scout level, from age 5 to 17.

TIME For Kids: Top 5 of Everything
Fun, informative top 5 lists (highest mountains, fastest roller coasters, most-wanted tech items, biggest spiders, favorite pies) are a beloved feature of magazine. To compile this quirky little book, we picked the best of the top 5 lists from the magazine and updated the facts. Then we researched and compiled some additional high-interest, up-to-date top 5 lists. To these lists, we added fun facts, and created an inviting design, perfect for curious readers of all ages.

TIME For Kids: World Atlas
Revised and updated, this Atlas takes children on a voyage around the world in 144 exciting full-color pages with more than 250 photos and 50 great-looking topographic and political maps.


TIME For Kids: Picture Puzzles
Each of the photo pairs in this awesome puzzle collection feature between 6 and 20 changes. In addition to more than 70 kid-friendly puzzles, TIME
For Kids: Picture Puzzles is packed with wild facts and wacky trivia on all subjects from butterflies to birthstones, horse racing to hot air balloons, and totem poles to the Taj Mahal.

Sports Illustrated Kids: All-Star Picture Puzzles
Each picture puzzle features a pair of photos. Both pics may look alike—but they’re not! Finding all of the differences in more than 70 puzzles is the goal of this sporty collection. From football fields to frenzied fans, pitchers to point guards, and swimmers to skaters, the images in this book have been pulled from Sports Illustrated’s impressive photo archive. Become a puzzle MVP with Sports Illustrated Kids All-Star Picture Puzzles!

Produced in three weeks for Sports Illustrated Kids, this photo-heavy review of top young athletes is a book-fair exclusive.

Super Style and Fabulous Hair
The first two titles to show off DK’s new tween look, Super Style and Fabulous Hair reveal everything a girl needs to know to look her best. Packed with photos and step-by-step illustrations, they offer both inspiration and hardworking advice for girls who want to experiment with their accessories or hair.

Warner Bros. Activity Books
The editors of Downtown Bookworks read through previously published booklets and culled material for two 160-page activity books for the trade: The Officially Awesome Scooby-Doo Activity Book and The Officially Awesome Looney Tunes Activity Book. Each book is filled with exciting, varied puzzles, games, brainteasers, doodle prompts, and more. We resized the art, Americanized the text, and created clear, new answer keys. Then we cut down and repaginated the books to create 96-page bookazines for the newsstand market.