Archive for November, 2016

5 New Picture Book Biographies To Teach Kids Perseverance

5 New Picture Book Biographies To Teach Kids Perseverance

5 Picture Book Biographies To Teach Kids Perseverance

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

young Louis Braille

I never knew that Louis Braille lost his vision as a little boy from an accident with an awl. By the time he was five, he was completely blind. He dreamt of reading books but even the books at the Royal School For the Blind in Paris had large raised letters and very few words. A secret code developed by a French army captain gave him an idea. Using the awl again, he spent years developing a way to simplify the captain’s code. And this code is known today as Braille! [biography picture book, ages 4 and up]

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45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my Arty Daughter

45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my Arty Daughter

My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, wants to go to art school in two years. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program last summer, which exposed her to many different art supplies. Her favorite birthday gift from us these past few years is an annual subscription to art supply box ArtSnacks which is how she discovered Copic Markers. These days she watches arty kids wax poetic on YouTube with their favorite art supplies. Today, she does the same here.

My Daughter's Pieces from RISD Pre-College Program

Grasshopper and Sensei at the RISD Pre-College Art Show in front of her piece.

She has tried everything on this list — and more — to hone down her favorite art supplies for serious arty kids. She thinks this list is for high school students, but I’d suggest using her suggestions for your arty kid as the situation warrants. For example, her brother, now 12 years old, started out drawing stick figure comics using pencil and spiral bound lined notebooks when he was 9 and 10. He progressed to sketch books and inexpensive Crayola markers that I bought from Target, and his art became more manga based. For his 12th birthday, he requested a small set of Copic Markers and Rendr Paper Sketchbook which does not bleed through. His manga art, self taught through YouTube videos, has now included more anatomically correct manga figures.

My Daughter's Pieces from RISD Pre-College Program

Her best work from the RISD Pre College Summer Art Program. It’s seed pods rendered in pencil.

In this list, my daughter who is very price conscious since she buys many of these materials with her own money, suggests different options: INVESTMENT, INEXPENSIVE, SPECIALTY, and MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. I hope this helps you find the right art supplies for your seriously arty kid!

p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:

Art Activity Books

10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading

Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids

Art Supply Gift Guide for SERIOUS Arty Kids

ArtSnacks, $20/month

This is a monthly subscription kit in which you will receive 4-5 full size premium art supplies including unique items that are not available elsewhere. They are starting to make their own art supplies as well. My daughter gets really excited about the kit every month! When she was at RISD, she discovered other students who also subscribed to ArtSnacks from the stickers on their stuff and it was a bonding moment for her!

Art Snacks

Alcohol Based Markers for SERIOUS Arty Kids

Investment Refillable Markers for Arty Kids

Copic Markers, about $8 each and also come in sets.

They are really expensive but they are worth it because they are refillable and have the best brushes and nibs. The ink is also very high quality. These are alcohol based professional markers that you can use for a lifetime.

As long as you take care of your Copic Markers (store horizontally NOT vertically) and don’t press really hard on the nibs, they should last a lifetime. You can REFILL each marker and the ink is readily available. You can also start out with a small set and keep adding over your lifetime.

Here are two starter sets: the first is just basic colors, the second is skin tones. If you have both, you can draw manga figures though you might want to fill in specific colors that you use most and in several hues.

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Diverse Children's Books

Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Children’s Books Featuring an LGBTQ Character(s). (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

Here are a few of mine:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole

This is the TRUE story of zoo penguins; two males who raise a chick. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

At my kids’ school, we our LGBTQ families are overly represented by two mom families and there’s no two dad families because I think it’s more difficult and expensive for two dads to adopt a baby. And that’s why Stella Brings the Family is an important book for kids to see two dad family diversity. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Here’s a resource for more LGBTQ books: LBGT Book Lists for Kids of All Ages.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?


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We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

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10 Cozy New Winter Picture Books & GIVEAWAY

10 Cozy New Winter Picture Books & GIVEAWAY

It really depends on who you ask in my family when it comes to winter and snow. My husband hates the cold, and equates the snow with shoveling out, ice dams, and slipping on black ice. My kids take a more joyful view of snow. It’s no school snow days spent sledding down hills, snow ball fights, and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

PickyKidPix first snow in kindergarten

PickyKidPix and her friend Helena catch snowflakes on their tongues during their first snow in kindergarten. 

To put a happy face on the cold, my husband has opted for cozy and comforting home cooking. Our menu changes from grilling to long simmered soups and stews. For making winter cozier no matter what weather you are experience, try these cozy winter snow books with your kids. My favorite snow books are on my Top 10 Winter Books for Kids list. What are yours?

10 Cozy New Winter Picture Books

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

It’s a lot of work to get the farm ready for winter! The strawberries need to be covered with hay. The fields need to be planted with oats and rye. The raspberry canes need to be cut back. For everything the farm gives, there’s something to be done. With the old fashioned charm of The Ox-Cart Man, this picture book captures the buzz of activity on the farm as winter approaches with calm, quiet fortitude.

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Multicultural Children's Book Day poster 2017

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 POSTER Reveal …

Last year for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, author and illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo donated his talent to create our very first downloadable poster. You can view it here: Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Downloadable Poster.

Demi

This year we have a new Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster for our January 27th, 2017 event and it’s by world renown author/illustrator, Demi! We are also using her wonderful artwork for the cover of our Multicultural Children’s Book Day eBook so you will see it again!

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10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

My arty daughter helped me create two arty gift guides for kids. This is the first one: 10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids. I basically collected the art books over the past few years that my daughter and son enjoy. Grasshopper and Sensei also created a list of art supplies for VERY SERIOUS arty kids that I will be posting on soon.

I accumulated this list of 10 arty books for kids. I have picture books for arty kids here: Top 10 Best Books for Young Artists. I also have a gift guide for Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading.

p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:

Art Activity Books

45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter

Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids

10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids

Learn about Art History, Illustrators and Illustration

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans

This is a beautiful art history book with works by major artists and really interesting stories about their lives, with particular detail to the work featured. If you want one art history tome for you kids, use this one. Enjoy it cover to cover, or just flipping around as the art catches your eye.  [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]

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Cubetto: Coding Toy for Preschoolers!

Cubetto: Coding Toy for Preschoolers!

Cubetto: Coding Toy for Preschoolers!
I was amazed at this preschool toy, Cubetto,  that teaches kids the principles behind programming. And it’s fun! What is revolutionary about this toy is that it is screen-less! It uses wooden toy pieces, a wooden toy board, and robot made of wood!

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