Review: A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino

Review: A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: September 3, 2019 by Princeton Architectural Press Book Description: Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. […]

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Board Book Look: House: First Words Board Books & more!

A look at two fun and very stylish perfect-for-baby-and-toddler items courtesy of the kind folks at Raincoast Books! First up is House: First Words Board Books, illustrated by award-winning artist Michael Slack. This box set, designed so sleekly and smartly to look like the front-face of a house, contains five small board books inside, each book representing a particular room […]

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Spotlight on ILLUSTORIA Magazine!

Let’s take a dive into ILLUSTORIA magazine! Illustoria is a print magazine for creative kids & their grownups. We celebrate visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts and activities. Our high-quality, tri-annual publication is geared toward readers ages 6–12 and the young at heart.- via ILLUSTORIA I recently had the great fortune of getting to […]

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A Closer Look: Covers by Jon Klassen

Canadian writer, illustrator, and animator Jon Klassen was very recently (just a few days ago!) appointed to the Order of Canada! Known and beloved for I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, multiple collaborations with Mac Barnett (Square, Extra Yarn), in addition to numerous other acclaimed works and memorable illustrative contributions, Klassen has also been the recipient […]

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Best of 2016: Picture Books (Part 1)

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of…picture books!?! Yes, picture books! This genre has been SO strong this year- whether the form of debuts, or published works from established authors and illustrators, I have been continuously surprised and delighted by my reading in this epic field. The titles on this list are ones that have either excelled […]

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Picture Books Make Perfect Presents…Titles from Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen & more!

Ahh, the world of picture books is a marvelous, incredible one. I have read over one hundred picture books this year- and counting- and it’s been another STELLAR year. Innovative, hysterical, meaningful, and all around excellent, picture books authors and illustrators continue to amaze. As holiday season is almost upon us and many of us- myself included!- are in the […]

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Spotlight: Interview with Illustrator and Cartoonist Eric Orchard!

Welcome to a very special spotlight post! I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have Canadian cartoonist and illustrator Eric Orchard here for an interview, organized by the lovely folks at Raincoast Books. Eric is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who has published such works as the graphic novel Maddy Kettle: The Adventures of the Thimblewitch. Most recently, he published the […]

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Picture Book Review: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

Review: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada/Candlewick Press. Thank you! Publication: September 6, 2016 by Candlewick Press Verdict: Excellent Book Description: New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and fine artist Sam Winston deliver a lyrical picture book inspiring readers of all ages to create, to question, to […]

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