Over a decade ago, I was an illustration and graphic design major, struggling to decide if I could really make it as an artist. I’m not talking about making it as in being successful or even just making a living at it. No, I was and have always struggled with feelings of inadequacy as an artist. I’m the apparently typical, overly critical, self-loathing type of artist who never really loves anything that I create. Why am I telling you this? Well, around that time, I was also extremely obsessed with picture books. I would frequently drive 45 minutes to the nearest big town from my school and get lost in the Barnes & Noble children’s department. It had this amazing forest decoration with benches built into the trees that you could sit with books for hours. I would wander around, grabbing a handful of new books and then hole up to get lost in the picture book world. On one of those trips, I crossed paths with Peter H. Reynolds most recent book, The Dot (2003). The first time I read it, I cried. I was awestruck. It moved me and spoke to me and about me in a way that no other book really has done. I bought it then and there with my limited book purchasing funds. It has traveled with me through design jobs, art jobs, marriage, two kids, three homes, multiple art spaces, and still sits on display above my desk in my tiny art studio in NYC. Every time I look at it, I am reminded to simply create. (But perhaps that is a longer story for another, much deserved post.) But this is where my deep love and admiration for the work of Peter H. Reynolds began.
So today, I am extremely thrilled to not only get to show Peter’s newest book; but also to gift it to someone else! There is something magical about Peter’s books. They don’t just entertain, or educate, or even just tell a story. His books inspire, and encourage, and invite readers to be. This newest book is the epitome of that. It does not hide or disguise its mission. It is bold. This book is Peter and is his invitation to everyone else who is like him, a happy dreamer. Come take a look at Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds, 2017 (and stay tuned for the giveaway!). Read the full post…
Oh my goodness this book looks so adorable! I cannot wait to see it. Just got a look at this trailer and can already imagine how much fun my girls (and myself) will have with it this winter! Here’s a teaser for the fun awaiting in Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda!
It’s been a long time since I posted a book trailer. Mostly because I keep forgetting to. But, this week I came across this newest one from Jon Klassen (brilliantly animated by Fran Krause) and it was too good to not remember to share. The third book in his pseudo hat picture book series is arriving this fall and it looks awesome. Enjoy.
This book looks excellent and the trailer just makes me laugh. I also keep thinking of the digger kids from that old TV show Recess. Anyone else remember that? I can’t wait to spend time with this new collaboration from these two awesome picture book makers. Check out Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, just published in October by Candlewick.
Another lovely book trailer for a gorgeous book just released from Eerdmans. Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet have teamed up for a stunning creation about Peter Roget and his Thesaurus. I recently saw an original piece of art by Melissa Sweet for this at Society of Illustrators and it blew my mind. Her collage illustrations are unparalleled. Check it out! The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, 2014.
Just heard about a fun book coming out from Enchanted Lion Books. I’m aching to get my hands on a copy and see its book + jacket cover combo in person. I applaud when people use book jackets for good use rather than just duplicating book and cover. Sounds like a sweet plot and the illustrations have me intrigued. Check out the trailer for The Jacket by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova.
Even though I have yet to secure a copy for myself as it came out during my bleary-eyed first couple weeks with new baby, I want to make sure and alert all to the existence of a new Greg Pizzoli book: Number One Sam! His book, The Watermelon Seed, from last year is a reigning favorite for me and I cannot wait to see this new one.
(I have yet to mention that Greg was one of the first authors I’ve been able to meet since moving to NYC. He even kindly signed my book with a belated birthday note since my husband gave it to me last September.)
Yesterday’s review highlighted one of my favorites from last year’s publications and near the end I linked to this trailer that appears to be a follow-up to the story, As Férias Do Pequeno Urso, or at least contains the same adorable characters of Papa Bear and Little Bear from The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud. The trailer makes me too excited to keep it buried, so here it is for your viewing pleasure in case you didn’t click through to it yesterday!
Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s been a long quiet stretch here since Christmas Day. While I’m not one to collect many Valentine’s themed books, I couldn’t help but grab a few pictures of three of my favorite vintage Valentine books. These books are harder to find but you know I love a good trio, and these(…)
Merry Christmas! We made it! It is always such a thrill to fulfill my goal of a post a day for nearly a whole month. And it adds to my celebrations and preparations for this joyous holiday. As I fully expect and sincerely hope that no one will be reading this today on such a(…)
Christmas Eve is finally here, and what would this countdown be without a Night Before Christmas book? Thankfully, the world of children’s literature never runs out of new illustrated versions of the famous poem. This is my newest vintage find for this particular day, and it is a good one. The Night Before Christmas by(…)
Day 23 is here and in all the hustle and bustle of finishing out the season, it is a good time to stop and think about those who have no one to share the holiday with. For this there is a book like Angelina’s Christmas by Katharine Holabird, illustrations by Helen Craig, 1985.
Day 22 has arrived and with it a long, lovely picture book. There have been many illustrated versions of this picture book. I have two of them: one illustrated by one of my favorites, Adrienne Adams, and this one. This is the one that I have very specific memories of from childhood. I don’t remember(…)
“Once there was this little child You know her I believe Here’s who she is me ELOISE And it is Christmas Eve.” It’s Day 21. Five days to go and Eloise is hopping with the Christmas Eve buzz. It’s time for Eloise At Christmastime by Kay Thompson, drawings by Hilary Knight, 1958/1999.
Day 20 brings an old, tiny book from the Babar series. I really love tiny books. While I appreciate picture books in all their forms, I really think there is something special about tiny books. They match their audience perfectly – little hands, little books. I think Beatrix Potter really knew what she was doing(…)