In an era where our kids are so frequently handed a digital toy with animated graphics, flashing lights, and loud noises, it’s refreshing to pick up a honest to goodness book with all of the staying power—if not arguably more. Press Here, and its follow up companion, Mix It Up, by Frenchman Hervé Tullet are two books on heavy rotation. Each display simple, colourful, and creative illustrations with easy and playful instructions, turning each book into an explosion of fun. The laughter, excitement, and big bright eyes I see on Carter’s face with every read, makes it easy to understand why both books are New York Times bestsellers. A shelf staple for every home!
It was the illustrations of Oliver Jeffers that had me hooked when scouring for new books for the boy. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but, what can I say… I’m a sucker for a fantastic font choice.
”Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”
”Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules of How To Be a Good Pet. But imagine Wilfred’s surprise when one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…”
My eldest (4) adores this story. He get’s engrossed in Marcel’s character. How he nonchalantly follow’s Wilfred’s rules just at the right time.
Every time. The boy gets completely drawn into Wilfred’s perilous situation showing genuine concern then giggling in relief when he realises Marcel has come to the rescue.
I love the richness of the media used in the illustrations.
The wit and humour that underlines the story makes this as enjoyable to read with the boy as it is for him to read it. A real conversation provoking story with a beautiful sentiment on how not everything needs to be owned.
One of Carter’s all time favourite books is Subway by Christoph Niemann. It was brought back as a gift from New York by his Auntie Sheila when he was about four months old and has been a daily read ever since. As you can see by the wear and tears, this book has received a lot of “love”.
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, an author, and a father. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, and The New York Times Book Review. In this playful love letter to public transportation, readers follow along as a father and his two children navigate New York City’s subterranean metro system. Illustrated in a homage to typical public signage and classic transit maps, Subway appels to native New Yorkers and visitors alike. So spend some time with Niemann and get lost exploring the subway routs of an amazing city.
Photography // Jenny
Wisteria hung low, drifting in and out of shadows.
Lavender wisps flickering through warm breezes,
the village was alive and blossoming.
Cascading shades of green trickled over stonewalls,
under wrought iron gates and into the distant horizon.
The children emerged, slowly at first,
feet tapping along worn cobblestone streets.
Muffled sounds quickly became loud drums
marching through pale city scenes.
Tapping turned to twirls and soon they were emerged in dancing.
Their golden colored hair, dusted in sunlight,
floated above shoulders and tall brick barriers.
Laugher wrapped around in circles, endless,
like a freshly bound bouquet of flowers.
They were young and free,
full of sweet wanderlust and dreams.
Youth encompassed them,
and the world was in their hands.
We are in love with The Awesome Book of Love, the third addition to Dallas Clayton’s “The Awesome Book” series. His illustrations and words always give kids so much empowerment and confidence. Dallas Clayton has a way of taking everyday challenges like “differences” , and “goodbyes” and celebrating it in a way kids understand with so much positive light.
“If I was a dinosaur, and you were a jet there’s a chance, a good chance that we’d never have met…you’re you and I’m me and we’re together as together can be…It’s about iving life with such strength and emotion and knowing that waves are just part of the ocean…I LOVE YOU! I LOVE YOU! In so many ways over thousands of year over million of days….”
Posted by Dixie
A young girl who lives at The Broome Hotel in New York City.
She may be youthful but she is full of wit and charm.
The city would love her spunk and character.
The museums would happily frame her candid spirt.
The cafès would eagerly fuss over hot cocoas and sweet treats just for her.
She is a city child.
She knows her block well.
Cast iron buildings rooted into the paved streets.
She knows there is history but she is a modern girl.
A modern girl living in a modern building.
She knows every crook and cranny of The Broome Hotel.
But watch out!
Those mysterious and curious eyes can be misleading.
She likes to chew gum.
Read unusual books.
Doodle on scraps of Father’s paper.
She likes to make silly faces.
She is an inquisitive young girl.
She is Renee at The Broome Hotel.
Renee at The Broome Hotel is a play on Kay Thompson’s Eloise.
Posted by Elizabeth
Now that we have a avid reader in my house we have been buying lots of new books. This book is beyond cute & illustrations are so beautiful. We enjoyed it and I hope you and your little ones will also. You can purchase here.
“Helping kids conquer tantrums, one gorilla fit at a time…” -No Fits, Nilson!
Artwork by Ashley Percival
There is a Christmas deer
who carries with him
a sense of cheer.
Through open woods
and seas of snow
he rides with hope
and holiday glow.
Now it’s your turn. Quick, run. Gather your paper search for your pencil.
What comes to mind with the words “Holiday” and “Snow”
Write a poem, create a story.
Don’t forget, you can send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
for a chance to be featured here on Babiekins Magazine Blog!