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Sometimes you just need a new board book - I hear you! Well I have a few new ones that crossed my desk today that I think you will enjoy.
Friends and Trucks by Sara Gillingham are adorable board books. The baby in these books is playing with friends - experiencing all different activities throughout the day - but what sets these books apart is the spinning head on the baby - you can make him/her sad or happy depending on what you'd like. How fun to interact with you little one with these engaging books!
Two others that you will enjoy sharing with your little ones are Who's There? and All Shook Up by Alain Crozon. Both are colorful books with flaps - you can turn each page and have your child guess what is hiding under the flaps. These are fun and the illustrations are hilarious as well.
Lastly, a picture book for the older set - The Bear's Surprise by Benjamin Chaud. This is a book that will provide HOURS of entertainment. The illustrations are so intricate that you want to look over and over to see what you missed the first time. The cut outs in the pages also make for a fun way to read/guess with your child what will happen next. AND the author has given you questions right in the text to get you talking and thinking as you read. This would be a super title for a circus theme as well - and sometimes those are hard to find.
I was sent these titles by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.
I got a couple of Chronicle Books today that I really HAD to share!
Swan by Laurel Snyder is one of those beautiful books that I think any young child will be entranced by. The illustrations by Julie Morstad are amazing - the soft colors and intricate designs are stunning. The story, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova, is one that is not well-known, and possibly not one that young children may be drawn to, but I think when they find this gem, they will open a world they didn't know existed. Our young dancers and ballerinas will LOVE it as well!
Kate Messner has written Tree of Wonder that is a delightful story about the rainforest and how many animals can live in one tree - the Almendro Tree - in the rainforest. The illustrations, by Simona Mulazzani, are colorful and yet realistic. And on each spread, you can see the number of animals or insects housed in that one tree all displayed visually as well - it puts 1,024 leafcutter ants right into perspective. Great new picture book on the rainforest - welcome addition.
I was sent both of these books, by the publisher, for a fair and honest review.
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
Pieces from the 2015 SCBWI-WWA Conference intensive with Candlewick art director Kristen Nobles. The assignment was to illustrate the traditional nursery rhyme by going beyond the typical little boy images.
I got a Chronicle Books box - ALWAYS a good day!
And I wanted to share a few of the goodies with you!
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
Simple, Step-by-step teaching kids how to read a book! Fabulous, funny and yet right on their level. The illustrations are light-hearted and fun as well. Step 1 - Find a story, Step 2 - Find a reading buddy, Step 3 - Find a cozy reading spot - couldn't agree more!!
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
This is an author combo that time and time again writes and illustrates books that are endearing and make kids smile. This is a simple story of what we wish for - either for our kids or for each other. It is certainly not a story to read aloud in storytime, I don't think. But one to cherish together, side-by-side, and talk about as you go. It would also make a lovely coffee table book or gift for just the right friend.
Beach House by Deanna Caswell and illustrated by Amy June Bates
Here is a book that makes you feel sure you've been transported to the beach! I love this - it's told in rhyme which is fun and different - the simplicity and flow of the words tied in with the amazing illustrations give the reader a beach experience all from the comfort of home. I think this would be a fun read-aloud and one kids will explore all on their own again and again.
**I was sent preview copies of these books from the publisher for honest reviews of the titles.
Here is a children's book that you will NOT want to miss! This is a riot that sitting down and sharing with your little ones will not disappoint.
Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder is nothing but fun - it follows the story of D.D. - Daredevil Duck - as he goes out into the world and is literally afraid of EVERYTHING! He tries so hard to be brave - but his fears always seem to get the best of him. The story is humorous and told in a fun way as the layout of the book leads to some half pages, some foldout, etc. and it all just lends to the lovability of the story! You really must follow his sweet story as D.D. tries to find something that he can do that is BRAVE.
**I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review.
A cutesy piece for my kiddo's preschool fundraiser.
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I've been having fun doing some sketch sprints this week using old fairy tales and fables as a starting point. It's been a great way to warm up and get loose as well as work on character and contrast.
Here are two posted on my Medium page:
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Verse: Poor Brother by anonymous
from A Nonsense Anthology, Collected by Carolyn Wells, 1910
Illustration and lettering: Christine Marie Larsen
Ink on newsprint.
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I'm excited for this upcoming exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington. This juried show features illustrations by members of the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. All the images in this show (including mine!) feature something relating to Washington State history.
Join us for a
Family Open House
Saturday, November 22
1911 Pacific Avenue
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