Babar The Elephant x Soulland Capsule Collection - Although we generally only cover kidswear, we thought that this up-and-coming collection from Scandinavian menswear brand, Soulland, is one that shouldn’t be missed by parents and their young reading/picture-admiring enthusiasts.
Soulland has become the first menswear brand to license the original 1931 Babar artwork by Jean de Brunhoff. The new “Babar Meets Soulland” collection offers button-down oxford shirts, t-shirts, a sweatshirt and shorts featuring illustrations from the timeless children’s book “Histoire de Babar”.
The collection will launch at Colette in early April 2013 and will become available at Opening Ceremony, Goodhood, Hunting & Collecting, SOTO and Voo around mid-April.
Via our buds at Selectism.com
Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann - Petting Zoo is an animated and interactive picture book by illustrator, graphic designer and author Christoph Niemann made for IOS devices.
The concept is simple, swipe and tap twenty-one illustrated animals and see how the react. Watch a Dachshund breakdance, a nerdy octopus become a mandolin, an elephant in a bathroom, and many more charming and witty hand crafted scenes.
Although it might seem basic, this humorous and entertaining app is enjoyable for kids and adults alike.
Available now on iTunes
“Flying Henry” by Rachel Hulin - Follow young Henry as he discovers his magical ability to fly. Aware of his rare gift, Henry soars through his home and out into nature to examine unfamiliar places from above. Although flying trumps crawling by a long shot, Henry grows lonely and has to learn a very important secret about flying in order to fully enjoy his gift.
A great and whimsical story for you and your toddlers. Available at colette.fr
Images by Rachel Hulin, Henry’s mom.
The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - On Monday the American Library Association announced its 2013 youth media award winners.
Katherine Applegate’s “The One And Only Ivan” received the 2013 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
Applegate’s book tells the epic story of Ivan, the easygoing, artsy, Silverback gorilla who lives in a small compound at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His life seems simple until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family. Trough Ruby, Ivan remembers life in the wild and is able to see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Not only is “The One And Only Ivan” a tale of friendship, art and hope that is sure to capture the hearts of the entire family, it’s a story based on truth. Applegate’s book is Inspired by the real story of Ivan the gorilla, who spent 27-years living in a mall in Tacoma. Ivan really loved to paint, cared about other animals and became an important symbol for the animal liberation movement in the 90’s.
Be sure to pick up a copy of this award winning children’s book and lil piece of history via theoneandonlyivan.com
Time Out New York Kids’ List of Best Movies Adapted from Children’s Literature - Time Out New York (TONY) Kids recently posted a list of their top 20 kids movies adapted from children’s books. The list was focused on books deemed “appropriate and popular” for kids approximately 4 to 11 years old.
The Lorax, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harriet the Spy, the Harry Potter series and many more great films/books made the short list, however, we might have added or swapped (especially in the case of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs :P) a few picks in order to include: The Brave Little Toaster, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Freaky Friday, Jumanji, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Stuart Little, and of course, everything Winnie the Pooh.
What movies would you add? Follow this link to Time Out New York Kids’ List of Best Kids Movies Adapted from Children’s Books
Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars - Sometimes it takes a lil inspiration to excite your kids/teens into the idea of getting in touch with their creative brain and making art. Marion Deuchars’ “Let’s Make Some Great Art” is the exact inspiration that we think your kids might need. The activities in this interactive book were made to encourage creativity, art and design, by helping to discover what art can be, how it can be made, what it can mean for the artist and what it has meant for the great artists of the ages.
Marion Deuchars is an internationally acclaimed illustrator. Her illustration and lettering is much loved and highly influential in the design industry. Her work includes covers for Penguin Books, commissions from The Guardian, New York Magazine and Jamie Oliver, as well as advertising campaigns for Volkswagen, Ford and Formula. Her light heartened and fun approach to ART makes “Let’s Make Some Great Art” a great tool in learning for the whole family.
Available at letsmakesomegreatart.com
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri - Yesterday, the New York Times published an article entitled Notable Children’s Books of 2012. While browsing, I came upon “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. The premise; dragons love tacos!
The same kooky author and illustrator that are responsible Those Darn Squirrels! bring their irresistible charm to their new collabo that tells the story about what happens when a taco party is invaded by crazy taco eating dragons. Mild tacos are okay, but don’t let them get those spicy ones!
A wonderful story for anyone who has an affinity for dragons and/or tacos and/or laughing….so everyone, right?! Available now at tacocave.com
How to Traumatize Your Children by Knock Knock - We just stumbled upon this today and thought it would be a great book to add to your parenting collection; right there beside The Child Whisperer, What to Expect When Your Expecting, The Baby Names Almanac and Go The F**k To Sleep. This bestselling instructional volume teaches you how to give your children the lifelong gifts of mental and emotional damage. OR, consequently, how not to.
There are a million books out there telling you how to be a good parent, it’s about time you find out how to be a bad one.
Available at KnockKnockStuff.com
Charlie The Ranch Dog Collection by Ree Drummond – There are only a few blogs that I check regularly and feel fulfilled by and the pioneerwoman.com is one of them. It’s the combination of awesome photos, great recipes, lighthearted humour and well written stories that just keep me coming back for inspiration. So when I found out that Ree Drummond, aka the pioneer woman, wrote a couple of cute kids books about her Basset Hound Charlie, I new we had to share. Charlie The Ranch Dog, Ree’s first kids book and a New York Times bestselling picture book, introduces Charlie and his life on the Ranch. He’s kind of lazy, a bit envious of his counterpart, Suzie, gets up way too early, loves breakfast and works hard. The second Charlie installment, Charlie and the Christmas Kitty delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all, even cats. The lightheartedness found in Ree’s everyday writing combined with Diane DeGoat’s cute illustrations makes these books “must haves” for this upcoming holiday season. Check ‘em out at amazon.com
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer - American illustrator and children’s book author, Ian Falconer, has recently released his eleventh installment in his Olivia series. In Falconer’s latest rendition, Olivia, a brilliant yet dramatic young piglet, is having an identity crisis. It turns out there are way too many pink, sparkly princesses around and she just doesn’t get it. How can they all be special if they are all the same?
So Olivia sets out to create a bunch of different princess dresses representing many cultures from around the world. In doing so, she proves that each person can be their own beautiful princess and that there are alternatives to the pink tutu.
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is now available at amazon.com
Books to Illustrate by Sandra Lanilis - French author Sandra Lanilis has developed a collection of simple, yet funny, childrens stories in un-illustrated books. The idea is to get kids to conjure-up their own characters, places and situations using their favourite colours and materials.
Choose from 7 French and 5 English titles including Where do Monsters and Spiders Hide When They Are Afraid?, The Mysterious Shrimp and/or Les oreilles de mon grand-père. Now available in over 100 different shops worldwide.
Check out www.supereditions.fr for more info.
Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan - Skateistan is an non-government funded, non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. Putting all politics, ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds aside, the company strives to use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment in young children.
The charity works with many street-working children and young women offering them a chance to develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts. The students themselves decide what they want to learn and the charity connects them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.
To honor the work done by Skateistan, a lovely book has been put together by Jim Fitzpatrick and many guest great contributors, including famous skateboard legend, Stacy Peralta. Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book tells the tale of Skateistan and the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists.
To learn more about Skateistan, to get involved or to buy a book, check out skateistan.org.
Dennis The Wild Bull by Dennis Rodman - Former NBA Star and 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Dennis Rodman, is in the process of publishing a Children’s book. Rodman has teamed up with author/screenwriter Dustin Warburton and illustrator Dan Monroe in order to convey good lessons to children based on Dennis’s own experiences as a world class athlete and as a kid who had to face many obstacles. While no details of the actual book are known, the official debut will be sometime in September 2012.
Pre-order a signed copy of Dennis The Wild Bull online for $30.
Art For Baby - The Art For Baby book features a variety of intriguing black and white images created and donated by leading international contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Julian Opie, Takashi Murakami and Bridget Riley. Art for Baby was specifically made to promote and encourage early cultural appreciation through maximum visual stimulation. The simple, large images seem to really capture the attention of the young children. Also included are 12 prints, so mom and dad can enjoy them however they please.