A friend of mine’s sister designs these, check out her website.
I discovered Nobrow through my obsession with Flying Eye Books. Now I am obsessed by everything Nobrow. Last week I finally bought one of the Hilda books, Hilda and the Bird Parade, which I will be featuring on the blog soon. I loved it, Hilda is a fantastic character. If you read my blog or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that I recently became the father of twins, 1 boy and 1 girl.
My mission is to create a vast library of amazing books for them to indulge in. I seek out books with strong female characters, books that challenge, books that are beautiful, books that are educational, books that funny and sad, books that are surprising and unpredictable.
Hilda is exactly the kind of character I want my son and daughter to read about. She is adventerous, courageous, kind and inquisitive.
Check out this video by Luke Pearson.
Everything you wanted to know about the secret world of eggs. This is a beautiful book to feast your eyes on. The illustrations, layout and typography are gorgeous. This is a fantastic book to teach children (and adults) everything they need to know about eggs. An Egg Is Quiet will intrigue young minds and encourage a love of science.
I’ve used this book many times for guided reading sessions and the book has always inspired awe and wonder from the children around the table.
It’s also great to draw from. I have used it as a stimulus for art lessons and a resource for observational drawing in science lessons.
There are 3 other titles in this series. Check them out here.
How long have you been making children’s books, and how did it come about?
My first picture book, Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book was published in 2010 and you work a year ahead in picture books so I guess I started in 2009. I illustrate a series of books for older children called Skulduggery Pleasant which was successful enough that publishers became interested in seeing what ideas I had of my own. I’ve written and illustrated my own stories since I was a child and if you have a passion for something then eventually you get good at it.
What do think makes a picture book great?
What were the last 5 picture books you bought?
This lovely book helps youngsters identify colors through vivid illustrations that capture their imagination. Early readers can also recognize the written names of the colors, as each one is spelled out in its corresponding color.
Charley Harper is an American original who created his art from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio-until his death on June 10, 2007 at the age of 84. He is beloved for his delightful, graphic and often humorous illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike. Charley liked to say, that when he paints a bird, he doesn’t count all the feathers in the wings-he just counts the wings. Minimal realism, he called it, and his unique and precise style continues to resonate and inspire his admirers.
Charley Harper – An Illustrated Life showcases his illustrations that appeared from 1950-1975 in the Ford Times magazines, as well as in books such as the beloved “The Giant Golden Book of Biology” in 1961, “Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two” in 1961, and “The Animal Kingdom” in 1968, among many others. His well loved book “Birds and Words”, first published in 1974, is considered a classic. This massive volume is the definitive Charley Harper book to have on your bookshelf!
Published by Ammo Books
It’s quieter than it’s ever been. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father’s arms. Feeling the warmth and closeness of his father, he begins to ask about the birds, the foxes…and whether his mother will ever wake up. Even in the face of absence and loss, the cycles of life continue unabated. We know in the end everything will somehow be all right.
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.