The Cat Who Went to Heaven



The Cat Who Went to Heaven

by Elizabeth Coatsworth

illustrated by Lynd Ward

Age: 8+

Interests: cats, artists, animals, Japan, Buddhism, religion More

Beautiful Oops!


Beautiful Oops!

by Barney Saltzberg

Age: 3+, but 5-6 year olds should find it particularly inspiring

Interests: art, artists


The Dot


The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

Age: 5+

Interests: art, artists, school, teachers


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg

Age: 10+

Interests: museums, art, running away from home, New York City, mysteries


The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

text by Susan Wojciechowski

illustrations by P. J. Lynch

Candlewick Press: 1995

34 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: Christmas, art, wood carving, Christian religion

Also by this illustrator: When Jessie Came Across the Sea


Our Little Artists – Why Should They Have All the Fun?

Here’s another great TED talk, this time about how each and every one of us is an artist. Really.

Young-ha Kim also says that our kids are making art… all the time. Even when/especially when they are driving us crazy.

One thing I’ve really been enjoying lately is joining in with my daughter’s art projects. She is keen to learn how to do everything she comes across – two weeks ago it was macrame jewellery, last weekend it was paper maché, this weekend it was embroidery, and some night this week we’ll be making paper with bits of moss in it. I don’t always have the time to get right into things myself, I’m usually just the facilitator and brush-cleaner, but every once in a while I’ll join in. The how-to craft books for kids these days are just so engaging and wonderfully put together that I can’t resist. I even picked up a needle on Sunday and tried some embroidery! (If you know me at all you’ll appreciate how crazy that is.)

We should definitely all be trying new things all the time, but we get too set in our ways, too lazy. Thank goodness our kids can help us shake things up a little, eh?

As Young-ha Kim says, “Be an artist. Right now!”

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Snow White in New York


Snow White in New York

Fiona French

Oxford University Press, 1986

32 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: updated fairy tales, New York, 1920s flapper era, art styles, fashion

Next: Ella’s Big Chance (a Cinderella update also set in the 1920s)


Video: OKGo and Sesame Street bring you primary colours

This is really fun, had to share it.


The Saturdays

The Saturdays

by Elizabeth Enright

(first book in the Melendy Quartet series)

Henry Holt and Company, 1941

177 pp., 8 chapters

Age: 7+

Interests: family, siblings, art, music

Next: the other 3 Melendy books are The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two: a Melendy Maze

Also by this author: Thimble Summer, Gone-Away Lake


Emily Gravett’s Drawing Lesson

A holiday treat from The Guardian: “How to Draw… Dragons” by Emily Gravett, the author/illustrator of Again!, Wolves, and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Part of a terrific “How to Draw” series featuring famous children’s book illustrators.

(Thanks bundleofbooks for this link!)

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