It’s Small Business Saturday! And being a small business, we think this is a great day to raise awareness and buy from businesses who are doin’ it for themselves. The awesome people who own these businesses have not only helped Lookio Books in countless ways, they also do fantastic work and provide top-notch services. So have a look and support small businesses today!
Are you looking for a unique gift that someone will love and use all the time? Then check out these handmade leather goods. Not only are they stylish, they are high quality and will last a long, long time. I use my Envelope Clutch all the time.
And Fair Coast not only offers leather goods, they also provide upholstery services. Visit their website or contact them at email@example.com to learn more.
Every year we buy this wall calendar and every year we love the patterns Heather creates for each month. And you can enjoy 20% off her 2014 wall calendars with coupon code 2014YAY through Cyber Monday.
If you like the calendar, also check out the other paper goods in Heather’s Etsy store. You won’t be disappointed!
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Here are a few odds and ends from the Kid Lit world this week:
- First and foremost, we were sorry to hear that Ann Jonas, author and illustrator, passed away this week. Her picture book Round Trip is a favorite of ours because of its ingenious use of positive and negative space. Once you read the book, you turn it upside down and then continue reading it from back to front. It’s simply delightful and, like her other books, will continue to stretch children’s imaginations for generations to come.
- Chip Kidd, the designer behind tons of book covers, including Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, has written a guide to graphic design for kids (ages 10 and up). It’s a great read for a budding artist or designer. To get a sense of what GO! A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design is all about, watch the trailer.
- Next Tuesday marks the release date of a new book by William Joyce, who brought us The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore in both film and book form (among other great stories). The new book is titled The Mischievians. You can get a peek at it here, and pick up your own copy next week.
Do you know of anything cool that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
Have a great weekend everybody!
We normally don’t write blog posts for shameless self-promotion, but we thought that this sale is worth sharing. All October, we’re offering a huge 40% discount on our personalized Lookio books. Get some holiday shopping done early and save some money! Just enter the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to receive 40% off the price of your book. Use the code as many times as you like. Tell your friends! It’s valid now through October 31.
Visit our website to check out our current titles, and have a look at the sample spreads from each book below.
We just discovered a new favorite website: wegivebooks.org. Here’s how it works–you choose a children’s book to read on their site. Then We Give Books will donate a book to a child in need.
In order to read most of the books, you will need to create a free login. However, all of the Editor’s Picks can be read by anyone on any device without a login.
There are a bunch of titles to choose from: classics like The Little Engine That Could, Madeline, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit. You’ll also find new gems like Robomop, No Fits, Nilson, and Otis.
So who’s behind this great idea? We Give Books was created by The Penguin Group and The Pearson Foundation. They found a way to combine the joy of reading with the power of helping others. Together, they hope that We Give Books will inspire young children, together with their parents or caregivers, to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers. We love that!
Below are some screen shots taken while we read a few books on their website.
Here and there we’ve collected odds and ends from the Kid Lit world that we find interesting. Here’s what this week brought us:
- Make mischief and mayhem today! It’s Roald Dahl Day (aka Roald Dahl’s birthday)! He was one of the world’s best storytellers, so go to your library or local bookstore and pick up one of his books. Even better, read his stories aloud to the little ones in your life. We’re willing to bet they will be riveted and thoroughly entertained. On a related note, his grandson, Luke Kelly, just put out a picture book of his own, and Vogue interviewed him about it.
- We discovered this self portrait by Eric Carle, accompanied by this Carle quote: “Ever since I was very young, as far back as I can remember, I have loved making pictures. I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind. The lovely feeling of my pencil touching paper, a crayon making a star shape in my sketchbook, or my brush dipping into bright and colorful paints — these things affect me as joyfully today as they did all those years ago.”
- We already knew author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers was super cool based on his children’s books alone. Now we have another reason to like him–he has Duck Hunt ducks adorning his walls. Last week The Guardian posted a piece about interior design, and they featured Oliver Jeffers’ home in New York. Take a look at the piece; the Duck Hunt ducks aren’t the only cool things about his home/workspace.
What odds and ends have you discovered in the kid lit world this week? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo credit: Francis Marie Photography