Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Holiday shopping: Gifts the kids will love!

This post was written by Gabrielle Renteria, 2015 Bookstore Assistant, 2016 Mono Lake Intern, 2016–2018 Project Specialist.

Season’s greetings! The holidays are just around the corner and our fall catalog features gifts the kids will love. From familiar local animals to books that the whole family will enjoy, you are sure to find the perfect gift for any budding naturalist.


Finger puppets: Bring your wild friends from the Mono Basin home with you to play! These plush, lovable, and high-quality Folkmanis finger puppets make for great interactive play. Choose from three Mono Basin species: bobcat, fawn, and Western Tanager.


Mono Basin plush animals: Cuddle up with your favorite Mono Basin locals. It doesn’t matter how old you are, these plush bighorn sheep and black bears are cute, soft, and make excellent cuddle buddies.

Charley Harper block puzzle: Build and discover the geometric world of Charley Harper. This block puzzle is composed of twelve 2″ square blocks which may be flipped and turned to form six different images—each a beautiful fusion of art and nature.


Finding Winnie: This book tells the true story of Winnie-the-Pooh, from her early days as a bear cub in Canada all the way to London during World War I where she meets her human friend Christopher Robin.

Tracks in the Snow: This seasonal book for beginning readers follows a young girl as she tries to figure out who or what left the tracks in the snow outside her window. It explores the winter landscape with lovely colored pencil illustrations.

It’s Nice to be a Pika: This sweet board book tells all about the lives of the cutest mountain critters—pikas! Find out why it’s nice to be pika as you flip through cute photographs and fun facts.

Nature socks: These socks are perfect for young adventurers who love birds or bears. They fit children’s shoe sizes 1–6 and are made of 75% cotton, 20% nylon, and 5% spandex so they are super soft and stretchy.


You Belong Here: Poet and author M.H. Clark weaves whimsical rhymes describing how all organisms belong—including each of us. This valuable message combined with beautiful illustrations makes this book a pleasure to read for kids and adults alike.

Over and Under the Snow: This educational children’s book explores the winter world over and under the snow. Learn all about the way animals live in winter—from hibernating bears to busy squirrels and foraging foxes. The mixed-media illustrations bring this non-fiction story to life, making it the perfect winter read for young naturalists.

Owl Moon: A gentle and poetic story of a father and daughter going owling on a winter night, this book is complete with stunning watercolor illustrations and makes a great gift for budding birders. The winter setting captures the magic of this quiet season and the allure and mystery of wildlife.

Be sure to check out our online store and click the 2016 Fall Catalog and Kids’ Stuff categories to see these and other items. Happy holidays!