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John Burningham - Hardcover
Burningham, John
A beautiful collectors' volume showcasing the art, life, and inspiration of a celebrated author-illustrator.

Take a look behind the scenes at the work of John Burningham, one of the world's most talented children's book creators, in this fascinating masterwork showcasing everything from sketches to background stories, family photos to full-color art. Complete with a foreword by Maurice Sendak, an introduction by the distinguished children's book author, critic, and curator Brian Alderson, and copious notes and revelations by the author-illustrator himself, this gorgeous showpiece belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves -- or aspires to -- the art of children's book creation.
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$70.00
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Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls, through some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous reprint, TASCHEN revives the most ambitious publication project of beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children's book illustrators of all time.

First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen's illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe's tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide. An original signed copy of the book sold at auction in 2008 commanded the highest price ever paid for an illustrated children's book.

This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen's images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen's rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors with a lovingly designed slipcase. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen's life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.

Item No. 9783836532297
$39.99
Keywords for Children's Literature
Philip Nel & Lissa Paul

The study of children's literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children's Literature presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.

Following the growth of his or her word, each author traces its branching uses and meanings, often into unfamiliar disciplinary territories: Award-winning novelist Philip Pullman writes about Intentionality, Education expert Margaret Meek Spencer addresses Reading, literary scholar Peter Hunt historicizes Children's Literature, Psychologist Hugh Crago examines Story, librarian and founder of the influential Child_Lit litserv Michael Joseph investigates Liminality. The scope, clarity, and interdisciplinary play between concepts make this collection essential reading for all scholars in the field. In the spirit of Raymond Williams' seminal Keywords, this book is a snapshot of a vocabulary of children's literature that is changing, expanding, and ever unfinished.

Visit keywords.nyupress.org for online essays, teaching resources, and more.
Item No. 9780814758557
$30.00
Leonardo the Terrible Monster DVD

Leonardo is terrible at being a monster. He can't seem to frighten anyone. Then he comes up with a plan to find the perfect nervous little boy and scare the tuna salad out of him. Will his plan succeed, or will he come up with a better idea? Author Mo Willems narrates this dramatic tale with wit and warmth. Animated by Pete List. Animated, 8 minutes.

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Ward, Jennifer
Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood. Through 52 ideas--some classic and some new--Let's Go Outside! offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you're in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside--and run, dance, hike, or camp--with your preteen.

Sections of the book include:

- Back to Basics: Reconnecting with twists on traditional games and activities such as Capture the Flag
- Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Picnics, doing homework outdoors, and socializing opportunities outdoors
- Outdoor Adventures: Canoeing, biking, and camping
- Environmental Experiments: Ways to explore how nature works

Item No. 9781590306987
$14.00
Library of the Early Mind DVD

The authors, illustrators, and editors of some of the finest works of children's literature share their stories in this examination of the deeper side of the art. From the stories we hear as children to those we tell our own, the work of these storytellers often comes from a profound place and has more profound effects than we might imagine. Featuring: Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, R.L. Stine, Norton Juster, Natalie Babbitt, Brian Selznick, David Small, Mo Willems, Jarrett J. Krosockza, Jeff Kinney, Anita Silvey, Adam Gopnik, Nancy Garden, Lesléa Newman, Jerry Pinkney, Gregory Maguire, Brian Pinkney, Arthur A. Levine, Mary Jane Begin, Jack Gantos, Leonard S. Marcus, Peter H. Reynolds, Daniel Handler and Richard Michelson.

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Children see the world with different eyes. Through illustrated stories in children's books they learn about the world in which they live. The best picture books for children not only feature wonderful stories, but also tell them in a visually appealing way. Children are very critical readers who simply cast aside books they deem boring, overzealous, pedantic, or visually unimaginative. Thankfully, a rich selection of contemporary children's books is currently available. They deal with quite sophisticated topics and feature cuttingedge images. Despite, or because of, the ubiquity of televisions and computers, children's books have remained popular with kids and parents. These books have also not lost their appeal for illustrators and publishing houses--not least because a hit children's book can serve as the lucrative basis for TV programs, video games, toys, or other merchandising. Little Big Books showcases the best examples of illustration for children's books and documents current trends in their design. Reflecting a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, the images and concepts featured here provide an insightful overview of the most important aesthetic developments over the last several years. An introductory text puts the current work into the historical context of classic illustrated books for children. Little Big Books is a valuable resource for illustrators, publishing houses, parents, grandparents, and anyone who is looking for compelling illustrated children's books beyond teddy bears and kitty cats.
Item No. 9783899554465
$55.00
Little Nemo in the Palace of Ice
McCay, Winsor
These strange and marvelously drawn cartoons recount the continuing adventures of Little Nemo, a small boy transported nightly to such fantastic worlds as the Palace of Ice, a pirate ship on the high seas, and a miniature city, where time and again his adventures get him into deep trouble and nothing can possibly save him -- except waking up.
Created by Winsor McCay, a pioneer of cartooning and animation, Little Nemo and his companions provided Sunday entertainment for readers of The New York Herald for nearly a decade. The cartoons feature an incredible succession of fantasies in circus colors, rendered with a freewheeling mastery of perspective drawing. Little Nemo's escapades swirl in classic dream imagery such as falls, flights, and forests swarming with wild beasts. This lavish volume recaptures the vintage cartoon's incredibly baroque details and captivating weirdness with 31 full-color pages reproduced from the original 1907 editions.
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$19.95
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Beloglovsky, Miriam
Teachers' Choice Award for Preschool 2018 Winner!

Loose parts capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. This form of play allows infants to be in control and recognize the power of their bodies and actions. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant and toddler environments. Captivating classroom stories and proven science provide the context for how this style of play supports children's development and learning. This book is perfect for Montessori and Reggio-inspired programs and educators.

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$32.95
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Daly, Lisa
Loose parts cross the boundaries of gender, age, abilities, and socioeconomic challenges. Loose Parts 3, the newest addition to the wildly popular Loose Parts series, helps teachers make a conscious effort to create culturally sustainable environments that allow children to grow and to conquer a dynamic world.

Over 400 full-color photographs beautifully illustrate the ongoing need for educational pedagogy that

  • creates a sense of belonging

  • supports children's identities

  • is culturally responsive and sustainable
  • Loose Parts 3 contains inspiration and guidance on how to create culturally sensitive and culturally sustainable early childhood environments through six key terms: aesthetic, authenticity, equity, dynamic, praxis, and critical reflection. Use your environment to promote a sense of wonder, curiosity and joy, and allow children to explore their identities.

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    Beloglovsky, Miriam
    Winner of the 2015 Brain Child Award from Tillywig & Toy Media Awards

    Use loose parts to spark children's creativity and innovation

    Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Alluring and captivating, they capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and motivate learning.

    The hundreds of inspiring photographs showcase an array of loose parts in real early childhood settings. And the overviews of concepts children can learn when using loose parts provide the foundation for incorporating loose parts into your teaching to enhance play and empower children. The possibilities are truly endless.


    Item No. 9781605542744
    $29.95
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    Jansdotter, Lotta
    A lifelong artist, Lotta Jansdotter has been creating patterns and motifs for fun since childhood and professionally since 1996. Her organic, playful, and timeless designs have appeared on everything from sewing and quilting fabrics to rugs, bedsheets, baby gear, dishes, and more. For Paper, Pattern, Play, Lotta happily focuses on the most basic and versatile of mediums: paper. Here she presents a colorful collection of both iconic favorites and brand-new creations, printed on a combination of perforated uncoated paper and cardstock, all meant to be torn out and enjoyed. She also shares prompts and instructions for creating easy, fun, and whimsical projects, including party decorations and favors, games, gift tags, gift wrap, labels, stickers, stationery, and assorted, as Lotta likes to say, bits and bobs.
    Item No. 9781419728914
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    Britton-Newell, Laurie

    Recognized most widely as the creator and illustrator of the beloved children's classic Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) also wrote and illustrated a number of other children's books, novels, short stories, and travel books. His illustrations were frequently featured on the cover of the New Yorker throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

    As an artist, Bemelmans documented life as it went on around him, all the while inventing stories and characters from his vivid imagination and lively personality. His illustrations for the Madeline series are reminiscent of the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Raoul Dufy, but possess a unique style that has resonated with readers around the world since the first book was published in 1939.

    A title in the new series, The Illustrators, which celebrates illustration as an art form, Ludwig Bemelmans offers a visually rich view into the life and work of this much-loved artist and writer, and includes exclusive sketches and photographs from the Bemelmans archive that have never been previously published.

    Item No. 9780500519950
    $29.95
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    Emberley, Ed
    "Make a Face" takes circles, squares, diamonds, and rectangles, and lets you makes faces of all descriptions.
    Ed Emberley's multi-million-selling drawing alphabet system has never gone out of style. His original series of drawing books has been selling steadily since the '70s. In this new hi-tech world, people young and old continue to feel good about the drawing system Ed created. This feeling of success, combined with his whimsical illustration style, has kept the original books in print and created a demand for more.
    The "Ed Emberley On The Go!" series takes Ed's drawing system and updates it for today's busy lifestyle, without the need to charge a battery or worry about an expensive tablet. A black pen or marker, even a pencil, is all you need to enjoy these pads. No need to carry paper and a book and markers. The images range from super simple for the little ones to more complex for the more experienced, with pages for practice and frames for the favorites. There are picture frames, note cards, even comic strips where you can bring your favorite characters to life.
    Tear-out pages make it easy to share with siblings and friends, perfect for a birthday party, makes a great placemat for restaurant dining, a great gift, and no worries outside at the beach or in the park.
    Item No. 9780991293520
    $16.95
    Make Way for Nancy: A Life in Public Art
    Schon, Nancy
    The indefatigable Nancy Schon is bet-known for her iconic "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Public Garden. Based on Robert McCloskey's books, visited by thousands of children and adults every year, it has become as familiar and beloved a Boston landmark as the swan boats and the gold dome of the State House. Now she tells the story not only of how the ducks came to Boston (along with the multiple political, artistic and personal challenges involved) but also how they travelled to Moscow, championed by Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev, to mark the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
    Item No. 9781567926064
    $19.95
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    Zlatkis, Geninne D
    Popular illustrator and stamper Geninne Zlatkis has a passion for nature and color that distinguishes her work. These 20 beautiful projects--including cards, an embellished journal and tote, and decorative wall pieces--provide the keys to Geninne's creative process and image-making process. In addition to technique-specific primers with step-by-step photos of the essentials, "Making an Impression" includes 50 motifs showcasing Geninne's signature designs that crafters can copy and use for image transfers, stamp designs, and collages.
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    Item No. 9781454701255
    $21.95
    Making Books
    Diehn, Gwen
    Get ready to look at books in a whole new way! These unique projects consist of far more than paper stitched between cardboard covers. Instead, they showcase a host of fabulous features and magically unfold like a map, contain cards that slip into pockets, include pop-ups perfect for celebrating all types of occasions, and tell stories on a scroll. There's even one that unrolls like a movie. And kids will really enjoy choosing the style that's just right for what they want to say and do--so their message will come through loud and clear. Gwen Diehn, whose work critics have called "remarkably creative and inspiring"* and "outstanding,"** makes crafting easy with her superb explanations of tools and techniques."What is wonderful about this title is the author's ability to interest and convince readers that they, too, can become creators....Great ideas for inspiring projects."--"School Library Journal"*From "Library Journal," for "Simple Printmaking"**From "Booklist," for "Nature Crafts for Kids"
    Item No. 9781579903268
    $12.95
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    Smith, Esther K

    Spread the joy and craft of books in your family with Making Books with Kids.

    An inspiring collection of ideas and projects for encouraging an artistic spirit in children! Making Books with Kids features more than 25 creative, kid-friendly projects in design, illustration, paper decorating, binding techniques and more. Book artist and author Esther K. Smith offers an exciting resource of easy-to-follow instructions supported throughout with step-by-step, full-color photographs and illustrations. Each sequence is accompanied by finished samples and variations as well as the inspiring work of a prominent book artist. Whether you use these projects independently or as a curriculum for hands-on, family-friendly, bookmaking experiences, you'll find that the lessons in this book are open-ended so they can be explored over and over-with different results each time! Colorful photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. Making Books with Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises. Spread the love of--and craft of--books in your family with Making Books with Kids.

    Item No. 9781631590818
    $24.99
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    Diaz, Francesca
    A beautiful visual lesson in mixing colors This second title in a series from eminent paper engineer James Diaz is about color mixing. Mix the two colors on each spread and see the result in each ingenious pop-up. Pull the tab on the final spread to see primary and secondary colors and another special pop.
    Item No. 9781857078534
    $19.95
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    Golden, Alisa
    In the digital world, books may seem like an endangered species, but bookmaking is more popular than ever. Thanks to the 100 ideas in this volume, the craft is now available to everyone. In as little as an afternoon, beginners will be on their way to folding, gluing, and sewing handmade books in a variety of shapes and styles, from rolled scrolls to Jacob's ladders, folded flexagons to case bindings. Complete with photographs of the author's own master books and statements by more than 40 established book artists, this collection is sure to inspire. Culled from the author's best-selling books Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books, these projects will fuel bookbinding adventures for years to come.
    Item No. 9781600595875
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    Kohl, MaryAnn F
    Explore the world of make-believe with fun and easy-to-make props and costumes. Create a life-size igloo out of milk jugs or put on a puppet show in your very own Lighted Box Stage! Making Make-Believe offers storybook play, games, cooking, mini-plays, dress-up costumes, puppet ideas, and more to enrich children's play. Unlock the imagination of young children, allowing them to create their own dramatic play experiences. With over 125 activities and projects, this book is packed with ideas for hours of creative fun!
    Item No. 9780876591987
    $16.95
    Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation - Hardcover
    Maguire, Gregory

    Gregory Maguire examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney, revealing the "conversations" - often unconscious and unspoken - that artists have with one another. A master of literary invention himself, Maguire explores recurring motifs in Sendak's life work - from monsters to mayhem - as well as his profound understanding of children, their creativity, and the breadth of emotions with which they encounter the world. Making Mischief is a gift of the imagination to Maurice Sendak, one of the master mythmakers of our time.

    With the same adroit scrutiny that enabled him to recognize a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, reconsiders the oeuvre of the incomparable Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Making Mischief pays tribute to the visionary author and illustrator, his profound understanding of children, and his stunningly imaginative and groundbreaking work that carried the picture book so much higher and farther than it had ever flown. A beautifully designed, endlessly fascinating volume, Making Mischief is one master mythmaker's heartfelt appreciation of another.
    Item No. 9780061689161
    $27.50
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    McNeilly, Linden

    Travel through the exciting world of cartography with Map Art Lab. This fun and creative book features 52 map-related activities set into weekly exercises, beginning with legends and lines, moving through types and styles, and then creating personalized maps that allow you to journey to new worlds. Authors Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly guide readers through useful concepts while exploring colorful, eye-catching graphics. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on creative experiences. Map Art Lab is the perfect book for map lovers, creative/DIY-inspired, designers. Artists of all ages and experience levels can use this book to explore enjoyable and engaging exercises. Everyone loves maps. And what's not to love? They are beautiful and fascinating, they teach you things, they show you where you are, places you long to go, and places you dare to imagine.

    Item No. 9781592539055
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    Prood, Sasha
    Take your drawing, doodling, or lettering to the next level and explore the incredibly diverse medium of fine-tip markers with this two-book set (an instruction book and corresponding workbook). Follow along as artist Sasha Prood teaches all the skills you'll need to create your own beautifully inked art.
  • Begin with swatch tests and work your way up to more intricate compositions.
  • Start with basic marks like hatching and stippling, and progress to more advanced marks like looping and ragging.
  • Experiment with ink density to create unique textures.

  • Learn to create gradients with different textures and colors.
  • Play with contrasting texture and color to add depth to your designs.
  • The full-color instruction book is filled with step-by-step instructions, helpful hints, and stunning examples of marker art to inspire your own work. The corresponding workbook is printed on heavy-weight paper, so there's no danger of bleed-through as you work your way through the fifty experiments.

    Check out the other title in this series, Watercolor Workshop: Learn to Paint in 100 Experiments.
    Item No. 9781419733529
    $24.99
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    Madden, Matt

    A new course of material to accompany First Second's widely acclaimed 2008 comics textbook.

    In their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2008's comics textbook Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, School of Visual Arts cartooning professors Matt Madden and Jessica Abel bring their expertise to bear on the "second semester" of a course of study for the budding cartoonist.

    Covering advanced topics such as story composition, coloring, and file formatting, Mastering Comics is a vital companion to the introductory content of the first volume.

    Item No. 9781596436176
    $39.99