21

May

bookpatrol:

From what many consider to be “then first picture book dedicated to the education of young children”
 Illustration for the sounds, from the 1705 English edition of Orbis Sensualium Pictus 
From In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book | Public Domain Review

Love picture book history!

bookpatrol:

From what many consider to be “then first picture book dedicated to the education of young children”

 Illustration for the sounds, from the 1705 English edition of Orbis Sensualium Pictus 

From In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book | Public Domain Review

Love picture book history!

21

May

nprbooks:

It’s the perfect day (and month) to revisit our coverage of Ezra Jack Keats’ classic The Snowy Day, which celebrated its 50th anniversary a few years ago. The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott winner, was the first mainstream children’s book to feature a non-caricatured African-American protagonist.

In 2012, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation director Deborah Pope told NPR:

"There was a teacher [who] wrote in to Ezra, saying, ‘The kids in my class, for the first time, are using brown crayons to draw themselves.’ These are African-American children. Before this, they drew themselves with pink crayons. But now, they can see themselves."

You can see the rest of that story (and hear the book read, in its entirety, by Reading Rainbow superstar Levar Burton) here.

(OK, I’m tooting my own horn a little here, because I produced this piece, back in my Weekend All Things Considered days, but come on — LEVAR BURTON! Who, by the way, was one of the most pleasant and delightful people I’ve ever dealt with.)

28

Mar

I wish I had some modicum of artistic talent so I could paint cool things like this.

I wish I had some modicum of artistic talent so I could paint cool things like this.

(Source: dark-rose-7)

22

Mar

Too true!

Too true!

(Source: findingmagicinbooks)

6

Dec

If you haven’t yet discovered Rufus Butler Seder's scanimation books - Gallop, Waddle, Star Wars, and more - you are definitely missing out! Magically moving pictures bring these books to life, making them animation, art, and children's books all at the same time. His latest book, Santa!, was published recently by Workman Books - just in time for Christmas!

Check out the Riffle Backstory with Rufus Butler Seder here: http://read.rifflebooks.com/list/116698

5

Dec

RIFFLE BACKSTORY: Q&A WITH SCANIMATION ARTIST RUFUS BUTLER SEDER

If you haven’t yet discovered Rufus Butler Seder’s scanimation books - Gallop, Waddle, Star Wars, and more - you are definitely missing out! Magically moving pictures bring these books to life, making them animation, art, and children’s books all at the same time. His latest book, Santa!, was published recently by Workman Books - just in time for Christmas!

Read the Riffle Backstory with Rufus Butler Seder here: http://read.rifflebooks.com/list/116698

13

Nov

abramsbooks:

Thyra Heder’s charming, witty picture book Fraidyzoo celebrates DIY, the alphabet, animals, and the importance of family. Here at Abrams Books, we’re having a blast sharing this debut with young readers who are eager to learn and create and engaging with the crafts ourselves!

Check out Fraidyzoo on Pinterest

Check out Thyra Heder’s Tumblr

(The images and GIFs above were taken at the Fraidyzoo launch party at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn and Thyra’s art studio. Photographs by Thyra Heder, Jordan Guile, and Morgan Dubin.)

AMAZING rhino head - my crafty/costume side is so inspired! 

11

Nov

What are you reading for picture book month?

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9 old classics and new fave picture books to read for picture book month this November: http://read.rifflebooks.com/list/113358

10

Nov

Riffle Backstory: Q&A with author and illustrator Thyra Heder

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Thyra Heder’s new picture book came out just this last week: Fraidyzoo, a crafty and creative story about a girl’s family helping her overcome her fear of going to the zoo by dressing up in a series of homemade animal costumes - in alphabetical order.

Find out why Thyra Heder procrastinates by making chicken soup, what animal she’s afraid of, what books inspire her - and even more! - on Riffle: http://read.rifflebooks.com/list/113357

Plus check out her great tumblr blog with lots of cute animals and fun costume craft projects here: http://thyraheder.tumblr.com/

AND she has a pinterest board! http://www.pinterest.com/abramsbooks/fraidyzoo-by-thyra-heder/

8

Nov

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S 10 BEST ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN 2013