Tag: books

The best-ever bandages for bibliophiles

Because as fabulous as neon, ponies, and Dora can be, this line of literary bandages are a lot more fun for adults–especially those who love Poe, Shakespeare, or Jane Austen. Who wouldn’t want a little Poe for that Halloween zombie bite wound? Each metal tin from Archie McPhee holds 15 standard-size bandages–or “plasters,” if you want to get all British about it. Our favorites are from Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare, but there are tons of designs from pickles to caution tape to Abraham Lincoln. Let’s face it, they’re a lot cooler than the designs at your...

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From bridges to bicycles, we’ve found the best collection of bookends ever

There’s no excuse in the world for boring bookends. And this shop is the end-all, be-all of bookends, with everything from animals to plants to robots.  Design Atelier Article is a Ukrainian artisan duo that creates super cool minimalist bookends in laser-cut steel with vibrant, powder-coated finishes. They’re seriously awesome. You’ll find bears, horses, cats, keys, pears, and tons of the most popular motifs are just waiting to sit on your bookshelf–or your children’s, of course. Some of them are even on sale, including those cool octopus tentacles–you’ll just have to check them all out and squeal.  The artists...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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The loveliest literary prints we’ve seen. And you can quote us on that.

Thoughtful quotes from amazing writers rank high on my list of favorite things. And a favorite literary quote deserves only the loveliest of typography. Fortunately, this collection of hand-lettered designs fits the bill, with beautiful words and beautiful art. These beautiful prints spring from a collaboration between artist Emily McDowell and Design Mom, who we just love. Each print features a favorite quote from a classic book, hand-lettered digitally and printed in archival ink.   Li Each print is available in several different sizes and also as a greeting card. That Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is...

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Who are you wearing? Oh, Jane Austen.

Shirts with a book cover or favorite quote are pretty cool. But you get even more bibliophile points for wearing a shirt with the entire book’s text permanently embedded in the fabric. If you loved these book posters we covered, get ready to shop. Wordies, listen up. The Litographs site is heaven for bibliophiles. They take your favorite classic books and use 75,000 words from the text to create interesting designs that go with the story. And then you can have it hand printed (front and back) on a soft cotton/poly blend shirt, poster, or bag in a variety...

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Zoobean: Personal book recommendations for your one-of-a-kind kid

Finding just the right books for your child can be, well, challenging–especially if your kid is as finicky about what she reads as what she eats: No peas, broccoli, or dumb princess books, thank you. So I love this cool, custom service made to create your kid’s dream reading list. {EDITED TO ADD: Zoobean is currently not taking on any new subscribers.} Hooray for Zoobean. Created by a mom-and-dad duo who were struggling to find kids’ books with biracial main characters for their son and daughter, this book-curating subscription service does the searching for you. Also perfect for those...

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Bella and Harry: Books to take children around the world in 35 pages

My kids are increasingly fascinated by travel and different cities around the world, but alas, I’ve yet to find that spare million in my old jacket pocket that will allow us to travel the globe every year. Still, this new book series for kids is a really wonderful way to get kids excited about the culture, history, landmarks and foods of the great cities of the world.  The Adventures of Bella and Harry are a series of 10 books by Lisa Manzione in which our heroes, two cute chihuahuas, hit one city at a time. They books read less like...

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Making your walls a little more literary

I love prints that play with typography. Clever, modern design has a way of turning what could be a cheesy inspirational quote into a piece of art I could live with.   That’s why I love the work by New York graphic artist Evan Roberts on Etsy. These cool literary quote posters inspired by the likes of T.S. Eliot (no, not from Cats), JD Salinger, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemmingway, Kurt Vonnegut. It’s refreshing to see he hasn’t generally picked the most ubiquitous of quotes. Each one is printed beautifully on heavy, archival paper. Look closely and you’ll find lots...

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Father’s Day gifts from the kids: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Nothing is sweeter than a Father’s Day gift that really truly comes from the kids. Whether they make a card (still our all-time favorite gift), get crafty, or pick out something a little fancier, here are some fun Father’s Day gift ideas “from the kids.” Even if they’re not the ones paying. Yet. Also: Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below. Father’s Day photo from the kids (above) It’s so easy to have them hold big letters from a craft store, or just their own letters hand-colored onto construction paper. (Free tutorial at No Biggie) Custom...

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Literature in bloom

I’m not usually one for fake flowers around the house–I much prefer the real thing. But when they’re as cool and crafty as these, I could easily make an exception. Julie Romero’s Handmade Paper Flowers are all made to order with 50 blooms crafted from recycled books. I happen to like the ones from classics like Pride and Prejudice and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; but you can also find popular favorites like The Notebook or Twilight. (Although shouldn’t those be dead flowers? Anyway.) It’s a cool gift for a writerly type, a literary lover, or just someone who appreciates...

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Cooper and Kid: an “awesome box” just for dads.

It was inevitable that with the proliferation of monthly boxes for moms, that someone would come along with a version for dads. And we’re pleased to see it has nothing to do with “reminding” dads that they are incapable of cooking or changing diapers; but rather, it’s about dads who like to play with their kids. Shocker, right?     The stunningly designed and conceived Cooper and Kid box is jam packed with $65 worth of fun–which had honestly be a whole lot of fun at that price point. Still, it seems to give you your money’s worth in...

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A strong girl fairy tale when you need an alternative to Cinderella

We’ve always loved going on a “literary journey” from the comfort of our couch by reading stories from other countries. Next stop? Tehran’s traditional story about a girl and a mean stepmother, though it’s definitely not the story you’ve heard before. The Girl With a Brave Heart, from Tehran-born Israeli singer Rita Jahanforuz, had me thinking “Cinderella” at the start, but rather than being “saved” by a shoe and a prince, this heroine has a much more satisfying lesson for my two girls to hear. Shiraz is a little girl who spends her days indoors cooking and cleaning without...

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How to get creative, and get your kids creative too

I’ve been a long time fan of artist and designer Marisa Anne Cummings of Creative Thursday, who’s created some of the beautiful artwork, growth charts, and calendars seen on these here pages. So when I finally got my hands on her new book to help you get your creativity on too, it met every expectation. Boy, I love this book. The thing I love most about Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice is that it isn’t really just about illustrating or painting or for professionals or people who have their own “crafting rooms.” Really, it’s for...

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A new kids’ book that’s a real page-turner

I love the fact that my kids can carry around dozens of their favorite books on one compact tablet instead of lugging around a giant backpack. But, we still find it so satisfying to snuggle on the couch and share an actual storybook together, with pages to turn and no screen to tap for “special effects.” So check out this new picture book that is such a fun page-turner, I think it’ll make kids really appreciate how cool a paper book can be. Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier isn’t just one book, but actually a bunch of little...

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Well-dressed and literary – not bad traits for a kid

I loved Out of Print Clothing as soon as I discovered their clever tees featuring original cover art of classic books. Next came e-reader covers. And The launch of their kids’ t-shirts wasn’t far behind, only they tended to include the same adult classics. (My own daughter has Darwin’s Origin of Species tee – she thinks the animals are cute.) Now they’ve got kids’ shirts featuring kids’ classic books, and what’s better is they just went on sale for a limited time Hit the flash sale site The Mini Social right now, and you’ll find beautiful, original cover art...

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Baby board books that show love from all parents, not just mommies.

Illustrator Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage is one of those artists who just keeps producing lovely things. From her line of nursery decor to flash cards to adorable dolls, count us as ongoing fans. And now she’s giving us two more reasons, with two new baby board books that will be terrific additions to that starter library. You Are My Baby: Farm and You Are My Baby: Safari are as great for manipulation and motor skills as they are for those little eyes and ears. The prose is a simple, repetitive story that matches parent to child; things like You swim in the...

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Give old books new life while giving yourself more storage

Fabric bins are fine for the kids, but this gorgeous storage solution is just for you. If you love books, you’ll be glad to know you’re giving a new home to abandoned tomes, all while enlivening your bookshelf with the prettiest box on the block. And, yes, they’ll fit perfectly on that Expedit shelf from Ikea. The Original Modern Library Storage Bin from Able and Baker on Etsy is an elegant new solution for maximizing storage space on your bookshelves. Each 12″ by 12″ by 8″ box is handmade in Southern California of furniture quality 9-ply maple and completed...

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10 of the best subscription box gifts that bring the awesome to someone’s doorstep

Big boxes are good. Little blue boxes are sometimes better. But gift boxes that arrive in the mail every month are maybe the best way to remind the folks you love that they’re always on your mind. Whether you have a favorite foodie, a beloved bibliophile, a luxe loved one, or a caffeine fiend on your list, we’ve compiled a sweet array of monthly subscription gifts for adults that will make that special someone (or someones) squeal with joy. For the sophisticated foodie: NewYorkMouth With six different monthly subscriptions from chocolate to jerky to pickles and a variety of...

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Take on picky eaters this season with The Picky Palate cookbook

I love cookbooks. I’ve never once turned out a dish that looks anything like sumptuous food photos, but a gal can dream, can’t she? Especially around the holidays–oh, to be that hostess. Since I despise ingredient lists longer than Homer’s Odyssey, I’m really pumped to have found a new cookbook with yummy photography, minimal recipe ingredient lists, and delicious results. There may just be hope for me–and my holiday table–yet. The popular food blogger Jenny Flake has turned out her first cookbook, The Picky Palate, based on her wildly popular blog of the same name. Jenny’s genius ability to create really fun,...

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Little Pickle Press: Children’s books that give back, especially to the children who read them.

I love children’s books with messages that support our values, but a lot of those books seem to put the messages ahead of the storytelling. In other words, I’d like to own more books that are as engaging as Eloise but maybe aren’t how-to’s in achieving bratdom status before fifth grade? So I’m thrilled to have found a small publisher that does a beautiful job with kids’ books about topics like the environment, global citizenship, health and imagination–but your kids will just think they’re just good books. Little Pickle Press is a small publisher with big ideas. I’ve recently...

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