The Wonderful Wizard of OZ Illustrated by Michael Sieben - Reputable Texan contemporary artist and designer, Michael Sieben was recently commissioned by Harper Collins to illustrate L. Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

With all the hype about the new blockbuster film, Oz the Great and Powerful (out in theaters in two weeks), Harper Design could not have picked a better time to revive the outdated look of the famous story. It would have certainly been a shame if the story’s main characters were forever linked to the glamorous faces of Mila Kunis, James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz instead of the now amazing new characters developed by Michael Sieben.

With over sixty un-traditional, full-color illustrations included throughout the book, the dazzling journey along the yellow brick has become an exhilaration stroll through a contemporary art gallery. The beautifully reimagined takes on Dorothy, Toto and all their interesting friends and enemies will surely have you and your kids giddy with excitement.

Visit msieben.com to get your copy.

Abstract Kidswear by Caroline Bosmans - Caroline Bosmans, graduate from Belgium’s renowned Fashion Academy SASK, has put together a collection of very unique and perhaps not-so-ready-to-wear pieces for her new post-grad kidswear collection entitled FRANZZZ. Inspired by Franz Kafka novel “The Metamorphosis”, these truly weird garments tell the story of change from a man to a bug. The Skull top is really unbelievable!

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Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 - From July 29th to November 5th, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be hosting an exhibit featuring a large-scale overview of object design and ideas of the 20th century linked to the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a model for progressive design thinking.

Of course the exhibit is a must see for kids and parents but also for those who wish to know more about the development of toys, books, clothing, etc. and the link they have on yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s youth.

In conjunction with the exhibition, many classic toys created by great thinkers and designers are now available through the MoMA store. The Bauhaus Spinning Top, the Froebel Yarn Balls, Erno Rubik’s Rubiks Cube and the Original Metal Slinky by Richard and Betty James are just some of the many influential toys of the 20th century currently available in store.

If that’s not enough, the new book “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” by MoMA’s architecture and design curator Juliet Kinchin and the department’s curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor encompasses the entire exhibit and much more. So if you can’t make it to NYC or you can’t get enough of the exhibit, pick up a copy of this beautiful and very interesting book via momastore.org

“Cloudy” a FriendsWithYou Animated Short - FriendsWithYou have ventured into the world of animation with their first animated short film “Cloudy”. This short is an exploration of the daily life of lil clouds and rain drops. Both these animate object have been personified into these small singing and playing characters that dance through their daily duties with wide smiling faces.

The purpose of the piece is to transcend the viewer to a peaceful and joyous state.

"Cloudy" premiered via Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, a new entertainment based online portal that serves to represent a diverse group of optimistic with a desire to make a mark.

Limited Edition FriendsWithYou Space Gem - Miami based art collective FriendsWithYou along with the people at Signed And Numbered, have created a 52 piece 3D art puzzle called the Space Gem. This interactive art object, which is meant to represent the spectrum of emotions thru color, is quintessential of FWY. The cute lil guy, no bigger than a salad bowl, has all the typical quirkiness and geometrical charisma of the well recognized and reputable art company.

Contact eva.seta@friendswithyou.com if your are interested in purchasing one of the 12 very limited Space Gems.

LittleCollector Contemporary Art for Children - At LittleCollector, you will find original contemporary artwork created by world-renowned artists, specifically for children and their young imaginations. The people at LittleCollector aspire to inspire the next generation by familiarizing them with art and creating a fundamental creative experience. The affordable, limited-edition prints are framed with the highest-quality materials, ensuring child-friendly pieces. LittleCollector also provides education resources about their prints and ideas for fun art activities for the whole family. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from LittleCollector are donated to RxArt, a non-profit organization that installs art in hospitals. So check out some of the work by  Shepard Fairey, David Levinthal, Matthew Carden, Roger Kukes, Erica Harris and many more, and pick something out for your kids that will spark their imaginations.

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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.