Mud Pies and Other Recipes

"Dolls dote on mud, when properly prepared." So begins Marjorie Winslow's wonderful "cookbook for dolls," which is as filled with droll treats for whimsical adults as it is replete with recipes—Mud Puddle Soup, Tossed Leaves, Rainspout Tea—for  young cooks happy to get their hands dirty. This small book is a wonderful work of imagination, the perfect stocking stuffer for any girl (or playful grownup) you may  know. Ages 5 to 9.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.