Resource Books

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey
Wilkin, Karen
The delightful tales and theatrical drawings of Edward Gorey (American, 19252000) reflect a special kind of genius for what is left unwritten and unseen. In Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, more than 175 reproductions include samples from Goreys books, illustrations produced for other writers, theatrical sets and costume designs, and a wealth of individual pieces, many never before published. Sketches, typewritten manuscripts, doodles, and musings join the generous selection of finished works.
Item No. 9780764948046
$29.95
Elephant House, or The Home of Edward Gorey
McDermott, Kevin
An intimate photographic tour of Edward Gorey's strange and wonderful house.
Item No. 9780764924958
$35.00
Etienne Delessert (FRENCH)
Item No. 9782070566129
$80.00
Everything I Need To Know I Learned from a Children's Book (Hardcover)
Silvey, Anita

"What children's book changed the way you see the world?"

Anita Silvey asked this question to more than one hundred of our most respected and admired leaders in society, and she learned about the books that shaped financiers, actors, singers, athletes, activists, artists, comic book creators, novelists, illustrators, teachers...

The lessons they recall are inspiring, instructive, and illuminating. And the books they remember resonate as influential reading choices for families. EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A CHILDREN'S BOOK--with its full color excerpts of beloved children's books, is a treasury and a guide: a collection of fascinating essays and THE gift book of the year for families.

Item No. 9781596433953
$29.99
Fairy Drawing Book
Masiello, Ralph
Abracadabra! With the flick of a pencil, young artists can learn to draw fairies of all shapes and sizes. In easy-to-follow steps and clear diagrams, beloved author/illustrator Ralph Masiello shows kids how to create and draw all different creatures from the fairy realm. From tiny fairies to fairy godmothers, THE FAIRY DRAWING BOOK offers a wide range of fascinating fantastical beings. Some are instantly recognizable, like the Tooth Fairy, while others, such as Hairy Fairy, are products of Masiello's imagination, encouraging children to branch out with creations of their own. The step-by-step instructions will both build confidence and inspire creativity in artists at all stages.

Bonus steps include instructions on how to draw whimsical wands, handy purses, or fetching flowers. Back matter includes a list of books and websites for fairy-loving readers to check out for inspiration, or just to enjoy while drawing fairy creatures of their own.

Item No. 9781570915406
$7.95
Far Out Isn't Far Enough
Ungerer, Tomi
Toni Ungerer records in a 12-month diary the couple's unexpected successes, dramatic calamities and touching personal moments as they fix up their house, rear livestock and get to know their neighbours. More than 150 drawings accompany Ungerer's descriptions, creating a vivid impression of the landscape, the townsfolk and the wildlife.
Item No. 9780714860770
$29.95
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Kohl, Maryann
Children can discover their world as they explore these 75 fun-filled art adventures. They can joyfully squeeze a rainbow, make their own safe beads to string, or create their own art baggie book. Illustrations.
Item No. 9780876593998
$19.95
Flights Into Fantasy-DVD

Presentation of some of the most famous 19th and early 20th Century European and American illustrated art for children including original works by Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, E. H. Shepard, Jesse Wilcox Smith, and Beatrix Potter, among many others. The collection of Kendra and Allan Daniel features images of some of the most beloved characters in the genre Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Alice in Wonderland, from The Wizard of Oz and The Wind In The Willows and many more, as well as faerie art from the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries. Filmed as exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, with commentary provided by the collectors, the museums directors and other experts in the fields of illustration art and literature for children. Run time: 50 minutes

Item No. 1592880991
$24.95
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Various
In a beautiful anthology, ten children's book greats share stories, poems, pictures, tips, and prompts meant to inspire young readers to create works of their own.

Have you ever sparked the start of a story by playing a game of What if? Is there any value to all that doodling you do? What does being "a sponge" have to do with facing down a blank page? Did you know that pictures can sometimes inspire stories, rather than the other way around? From Quentin Blake's drawings of fantastical vehicles to Michael Rosen's inside look at his poetry, from Anthony Browne's shape game (no need to be an artist to play) to Lauren Child's look at her creative process, this anthology -- whose contributors were all British Children's Laureates -- aims to encourage budding writers and artists to let their imaginations soar. The final spread is a collection of prompts from all the contributors, passing the creative torch to the next generation.

With contributions by:

Malorie Blackman
Quentin Blake
Anthony Browne
Lauren Child
Julia Donaldson
Anne Fine
Michael Morpurgo
Chris Riddell
Michael Rosen
Jacqueline Wilson

Item No. 9781536205367
$19.99
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Gorey, Edward
Edward Gorey and Peter Neumeyer met in the summer of 1968. Gorey had been contracted by Addison-Wesley to illustrate Donald and the . . . , a children’s story written by Neumeyer. On their first encounter, Neumeyer managed to dislocate Gorey’s shoulder when he grabbed his arm to keep him from falling into the ocean. In a hospital waiting room, they pored over Gorey’s drawings for the first time together, and Gorey infused the situation with much hilarity. This was the beginning of an invigorating friendship, fueled by a wealth of letters and postcards that sped between the two men through the fall of 1969.

Those letters, published here for the first time, are remarkable for their quantity and their content. While the creative collaborations of Gorey and Neumeyer centered on children’s books, they held wide-ranging interests; both were erudite, voracious readers, and they sent each other many volumes. Through their discussions of these books, one marvels at the beauty of thoughtful (and merry) discourse driven by intellectual curiosity.

The letters also paint an intimate portrait of Edward Gorey, a man often mischaracterized as macabre or even ghoulish. His gentleness, humility, and brilliance—interwoven with his distinctive humor—shine in each letter; his deft artistic hand is evident on the decorated envelopes addressed to Neumeyer, thirty-eight of which are reproduced here.

During the time of their correspondence, Peter Neumeyer was an assistant professor at Harvard University and then a professor at Stony Brook University in New York. His acumen and compassion, expressed in his discerning, often provocative missives, reveal him to be an ideal creative and intellectual ally for Gorey.

More than anything else, Floating Worlds is the moving memoir of an extraordinary friendship. Gorey wrote that he felt that they were “part of the same family, and I don’t mean just metaphorically. I guess that even more than I think of you as a friend, I think of you as my brother.” Neumeyer stated, “Your letters . . . your existence has made something of this world that [it] hadn’t the possibility of before.”

Item No. 9780764959479
$35.00
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Hervé Tullet
The first truly interactive book about sculpture for children that asks young readers to create their own unique piece of art.
Item No. 9780714864891
$12.95
Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life
Wallace, James D
This is a biography of Garth Williams as an artist and illustrator, of how his journey led him from sculpture awards at the Royal College of Art to capturing the epitome of frontier life in the West, or etching humanity into beloved animal characters. The biography also explores the historical context that affected Williams' life and art, whether in the Old World or fostering cultural expression in the New.
Item No. 9780825307959
$26.95
Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books
Marcus, Leonard S

Back in print, the fascinating history of Little Golden Books, in celebration of their 75th anniversary in 2017! With a Foreword by Eric Carle.

Eminent children's historian Leonard Marcus' Golden Legacy chronicles the fascinating story of the creation, marketing, and worldwide impact of Little Golden Books, the most popular children's books of all time. Launched during the dark days of WWII, Golden Books such as The Poky Little Puppy were an instant sensation. Hallmarked by their superlative quality yet affordable to nearly all, they changed the cultural landscape and mirrored our changing postwar culture: the powerful influence of television, the post-Sputnik renaissance in American science education, and the birth of the civil rights movement. Lavishly illustrated with the iconic Golden Book covers and colorful artwork generations of children have pored over, Golden Legacy is a compelling tale of mavericks, innovators, and renowned authors and illustrators. . . a stirring celebration of the humble books in which we scrawled our names, with the cardboard cover and the shiny gold-foil spine.

Item No. 9780375829963
$40.00
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Emberley, Ed
Instructions for creating a variety of shapes and figures using thumbprints and a few simple lines.
Item No. 9780316789684
$8.99
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Gag, Wanda
Wanda Gag rose from poverty in small-town Minnesota to international fame in the 1920s as the author of the children's classic, Millions of Cats. Her early diaries, first published in 1940, are the touching, often humorous record of her youth and her struggles to develop her talent.
Item No. 9780873511735
$24.95
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Foster-Wilson, Lee
Make art and memories with the special kids in your life! Packed with how-to drawing and painting projects, creative prompts, and original crafting activities, The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids will inspire you and your little ones to spend hours of creative fun together.

This book includes drawing and painting projects featuring popular, kid-friendly, and on-trend subjects--like dinosaurs, pets, flowers, and robots--that adults and kids can create together. Guided practice pages invite interactivity and allow children and adults to draw and paint the same subjects, side by side, for a fun-filled joint activity. The book's artwork is colorful, approachable, and done using ordinary, easily available art tools, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and acrylic paint.

In addition to drawing lessons, The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids also includes projects and ideas for using artwork created from the prompts in the book to make crafts, including a map, pop-up art, and paper dolls.

The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids teaches valuable drawing, painting, and crafting skills to both kids and adults; inspires creativity; and encourages family togetherness. What better way to avoid screen time than by drawing, painting, and creating together with your kids?
Item No. 9781633227392
$14.99
Guerilla Art Kit
Smith, Keri
We are living in a golden age of self-expression. The explosion of user-created content on blogs and social networking sites moved Time magazine to name "You" their 2006 person of the year. But while we may be spending a lot more time in virtual worlds, we have not lost the urge to make our physical world more meaningful. By leaving art and ideas in public places, you can affect someone's daychange their mood or their mindand maybe even change the world in the process!

The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Keri Smith, noted author of Living Out Loud and the blog Wish Jar Journal, uses her unique drawing and handwriting style to help anyone find and release their inner artist or activist. This visually exciting activity bookfull of step-by-step exercises, cut-out projects, sticker ideas, and morehas both fun assignments and handy tips to help you unleash your creative energy into the streets, where you can really make an impact. From the quick exercisesleaving books for strangers to find, chalking quotes on the sidewalkto the more involvedmaking a "wish tree," guerilla gardening, or making your own stencilsThe Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into the world.

Item No. 9781568986883
$19.95
Hand Printing from Nature
Bethmann, Laura Donnelly

Discover how to use found natural materials – such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain – to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques.

Imagine shower invitations featuring delicate herbal prints – or a huge room divider screen printed with tall, billowy marsh grasses, flowing water patterns, and fish. Try making one-of-a-kind home furnishings, such as a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, a footstool printed with cinnamon sticks, or a lampshade printed with willow leaves on bark paper. Or make one-of-a-kind wearables, like an apron printed with sage or a shirt printed with striking geometric shapes cut from maple leaves. There’s something here for every inventive crafter.

Discover how to use natural materials to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. With simple step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, Laura Bethmann encourages crafters of all levels to create original nature prints with leaves, flowers, fruits, shells, stones, and more. Her unique project ideas include stationery printed with maple leaves, a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, and a pillow printed with cabbage. Before you know it, you'll be designing one-of-a-kind nature prints to reflect your unique personality and style.

Item No. 9781603425599
$20.95
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Oxenbury, Helen
A fascinating, beautiful, and definitive account of the life of esteemed artist Helen Oxenbury.

Filled with insights that span Helen Oxenbury's life -- from her early childhood through a career in children's books that started in the 1960s and is still going strong today -- here is an exquisitely designed and thoroughly entertaining celebration of one of the finest illustrators of our time. Written by acclaimed author Leonard S. Marcus, Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration is a keepsake that is sure to engage and delight everyone from scholars to art aficionados, as well as the many fans who have grown up with Helen Oxenbury's enchanting books.

Item No. 9780763692582
$40.00
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Young, Ed
I knew nothing could happen to us within those walls, in the house Baba built.

In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe.

For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and frends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination.

This powerful, poignant, and exquisitely illustrated memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children's illustrators and the house his baba built.

Item No. 9780316076289
$17.99
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Wood, James

In the tradition of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel, How Fiction Works is a scintillating study of the magic of fiction--an analysis of its main elements and a celebration of its lasting power. Here one of the most prominent and stylish critics of our time looks into the machinery of storytelling to ask some fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we "know" a fictional character? What constitutes a telling detail? When is a metaphor successful? Is Realism realistic? Why do some literary conventions become dated while others stay fresh?

James Wood ranges widely, from Homer to Make Way for Ducklings, from the Bible to John le Carré, and his book is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel. Playful and profound, How Fiction Works will be enlightening to writers, readers, and anyone else interested in what happens on the page.

Item No. 9780312428471
$17.00
How Picturebooks Work - Softcover
Scott, Carole
How Picturebooks Work is an innovative and engaging look at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. The authors explore picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and they argue that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children. Spanning an international range of children's books, this book examine such favorites as Curious George and Frog and Toad Are Friends, along with the works of authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson, among others. With 116 illustrations, How Picturebooks Work offers the student of children's literature a new methodology, new theories, and a new set of critical tools for examining the picturebook form
Item No. 9780415979689
$72.95
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Cann, Helen
With wonderful examples and easy-to-follow instructions, this beautifully illustrated how-to book makes it simple and fun to create one-of-a-kind hand-drawn maps. Helpful templates, grids, and guidelines complement a detailed breakdown of essential cartographic elements and profiles of talented international map artists. From city maps and family trees to treasure maps, palmistry charts, platformgame maps, and more, the wide range of projects collected here will satisfy first-time cartographers as well as veteran mapmakers inspired by the popular map art trend.
Item No. 9781452169910
$27.50
Illustoria Issue #1: Beginnings

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue#1: Beginnings features Cece Bell, Aaron Becker and so much more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart.

Item No. ILLUS1
$14.00
Illustoria Issue #2: Canvas

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue 2 features: Herve Tullet, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurel Snyder and many, many more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart.

Don't miss Issue #1

Item No. ILLUS2
$14.00