My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp. Not the arts and crafts variety. She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out: math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.
One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present. Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent). And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum. But now I am trying to be more supportive. We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly. I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings. And I keep these books around the house. Most of them at least.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]
Best Movies to Rent for Families
I am doing a BlogFrog summer sweepstakes blog tour on behalf of RedBox and it’s made me think about movies which has been fun because I haven’t watched a movie in a while. On long car trips, we let our kids play a DVD in the SUV so my husband and I THINK we’ve watched a movie when, in actuality, we’ve only listened to it about 9 times without any visuals. Strangely satisfying though. Read more…
Best Picture Books for Kids EVER!
I love picture books; it’s a complete story in 24ish pages with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s a visit to an art gallery or a museum with beautiful artwork in all kinds of media — drawings, paintings, collages, and more. It can transport you to another time and place, a different culture, or a different person’s point of view. Picture books are NOT just for young children; I insist they are for everyone, adult and child alike. My 4th grader’s teacher is reading Patricia Polacco’s picture books to the class and the kids are thoroughly enjoying them. Picture books also make bedtime stories a pleasure because one reader can satisfy a wide audience. Read more…
Best Books for Boys
I met Jen Robinson at KidLitCon 2010 which was a great thrill for me because I am a HUGE fan of her excellent blog, Jen Robinson’s Book Page. My work friend, Nat, sent me this link off the PBS Kids site so I am excited to share her words of wisdom on Boys and Summer Reading. Read more…
Marsh Award 2011 Winners for Children’s Books in Translation
When I ask if anyone has ever heard of the Marsh Awards, I want to say first that I have not heard of it so I looked it up:
The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation is a literary prize awarded in the United Kingdom since 1996 to the translator of an outstanding work of fiction for young readers translated into English. Read more…
Best Books For Girls on Complicated Best Friendships
Why are best friendships between girls so complicated? Can best friendships morph and survive as one grows up or do best friendships that have begun at a young age get stuck in a pattern of behavior that keeps the relationship in a dysfunctional time warp? I wish that I knew the answer to that. I have polled my mom friends and some have best friendships that have lasted a few decades. Others, myself included, not so much. One lovely mom friend who is incredible on every front (gorgeous! funny! nice! intelligent!) said that she never had a best friend growing up, only a circle of very, very good friends (just like what men do!). It blew my mind that this was a girl option! But it makes so much sense to not have all your eggs in one basket. Oh, if I knew then what I know now… Read more…
Classic Children’s Books No Longer Popular
I did a post a few days ago on Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books based on the books that I loved as a child and now my kids do too. This is the ugly stepsister version. Read more…