Resource Books

product image
Tullet, Herve
Included with the large-format, paperback sketchbook kids will find six die-cut boards and more than 200 stencil shapes to spark their imaginations.
Item No. 9780500650752
$24.95
product image
Kathryn Aalto

Delve into the home of the world’s most beloved bear! Few people know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. You can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.


Item No. 9781604695991
$24.95
Nature's Art Box
Martin, Laura C
Take your child's creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There's no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful engagement with nature while developing artistic skills, Nature's Art Box is an inspiring handbook for the next generation of expressive and conscientious stewards of the earth's resources.
Item No. 9781580174909
$16.95
Noisy Nora DVD

Children’s favorite storybook animals are brought to animated life in these classic tales.

Item No. 767685985137
$18.95
product image
Jeffers, Oliver
Artist Oliver Jeffers gives readers an unprecedented and intimate window into his creative process, weaving his popular works with never-before-seen art and illustrations, alongside his personal story of how he came to art, his love of books, and his bookmaking, fashioned from his personal sketchbooks.

This dynamic visual biography is Jeffers's personal chronicle of an artist who blends his love of creating stories with his love of art and his infectious charm, and is a must-have for art lovers and bibliophiles both young and old.
Oliver Jeffers takes a dive into Oliver's own origin story, inspirations, art evolution, and passion for storytelling: from growing up loving art and creating stories as a young boy in Belfast, Ireland; to finding a huge audience for his loveable stories; to what led him to his enormously clever found painting; to his collaborations with U2, TED, Colette, and Apple, to his newest meditative dipped painting performances. Oliver Jeffers is a fresh canvas for his imagination, and includes a pass through his most popular work, never-before-published illustrations and art, and a look into his more personal world of sketchbooks and doodles. Oliver's own story, infused with the whimsy and joy his work is famous for, is must-have not only for current fans of Oliver Jeffers's picture books, but also new fans, art lovers, and bibliophiles both young and old.

Item No. 9780847862993
$55.00
product image
This enchanting gallery transports viewers to a fairy tale world -- an ageless fantasy realm inhabited by characters from favorite folktales and depicted by renowned artists. Lovingly reproduced from rare early editions, more than 180 illustrations portray scenes from stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and other sources, including ancient Celtic and Norse legends. Breathtaking art, dating from 1882 to 1923, captures the genius of 23 illustrators, including Arthur Rackham, Gustave Doré, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Warwick Goble, and Walter Crane.
The imaginative interpretations include vignettes from "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Puss in Boots," "The Snow Queen," and scores of other familiar and lesser-known tales. The illustrations, many of which are brilliantly colored, full-page images, appear with a caption that includes the artist's name, the story from which it's drawn, and a descriptive line or direct quotation from the tale. Book lovers of all ages will rejoice in this treasury and its happy marriage of fine art and fairy tales.
Item No. 9780486468303
$22.95
Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries
This is not an ordinary dictionary. After all, you wouldn't expect an Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to be ordinary, would you? Lots of dictionaries tell you what an "alligator" is, or how to spell "balloon" but they won't explain the difference between a "ringbeller" and a "trogglehumper," or say why witches need "gruntles' eggs" or suggest a word for the shape of a "Knid."

All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, like "biffsquiggled" and "whizzpopping," to remind you what means what. You'll also find out where words came from, rhyming words, synonyms and lots of alternative words for words that are overused.

Oxford Children's Dictionaries are perfect for supporting literacy and learning and this is the world's first Roald Dahl Dictionary from the word experts at Oxford University Press. With real citations from Roald Dahl's children's books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary will inspire and encourage young writers and readers.

Item No. 9780192736451
$24.95
product image
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
Item No. 013132620688
$12.95
product image
Boccaccini Meadows, Sara
Learn to create precious watercolor paintings that you can paint and frame in just one day.

Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting features 20 charming modern watercolor projects including florals, nature scenes, and more. With step-by-step instructions and watercolor paper included, you can try your hand at these "mini" projects, and then you can instantly display your painting in one of the enclosed frames.

Add patterns or colors to your frame, then simply fold it to an upright position, and your brand new watercolor painting can be displayed inside it. Stop storing your art projects in a drawer while you wait to get frames. These handcrafted frames are ideal for displaying artwork around the house, at your desk, or to mail as a lovely handmade gift.

Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting comes with an instruction book, 20 step-by-step watercolor projects to try, an assortment of watercolor paper, and 5 fantastic frames to decorate and personalize yourself. This is the perfect gift for the beginner artist looking to display their work in an elegant way without paying for expensive frames.
Item No. 9781631064982
$19.99
product image
Sabini, Oscar

Paper Monsters is a hands- on collage studio for young children. Budding artists can create seven collage pictures of monsters in cleverly designed paper pockets in the book. Complete all the pictures to make a monster procession hurrying to the last page, where young readers discover the monsters at monster school with a final collage to complete.

The book has step- by- step instructions showing how to make the collages but the collage- making activity is open and free. Each spread features an inspirational collage illustration of a monster and paper pocket with a window cut to the same monster shape. Children can tear and paste the decorated papers included in an envelope at the back of the book, along with any scraps of recycled newspapers and magazines, to make a collage on the piece of card. Slot the piece of collage card into the pocket so it shows through the monster- shaped window, and voila! A wonderful collage monster.

Oscar Sabini's artwork is charming and characterful, inspiring young children to be creative and experiment with form and color.

Item No. 9780500650967
$19.95
product image
Rodabaugh, Katrina

Artist Katrina Rodabaugh shares her artistic training and up-cycling sensibility in this unique and inspired book, The Paper Playhouse. With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination and budding aesthetics. This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand--all made with unique style and flair! Focused around surprising and easily accessibly materials like shipping boxes, shoeboxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers, maps, found books, and other paper ephemera, and with stunning photography by Leslie Sophia Lindell, The Paper Playhouse has 22 projects aimed at inspiring children to create amazing paper crafts. A beautiful gallery provides further project inspirations from Lisa Congdon, Maya Donenfeld, Heather Smith Jones, Courtney Cerutti, Gracia Haby, Mati Rose McDonough, and many more!

Item No. 9781592539802
$22.99
product image
Sabini, Oscar
This ingenious and charming activity book makes it possible for anybody, ages three and up, to create colorful animal collages. Young artists tear apart decorated sheets of patterned paper, either their own or those found in the back of the book, paste them onto blank cards, also provided, and then slip them into the book's cleverly designed paper pockets with eight different animal-shaped windows, including a roaring lion, a splashing hippo, a colorful toucan, a trumpeting elephant, a snapping crocodile, a naughty monkey, a dashing bear, and a group portrait!
Item No. 9781616894399
$19.95
Pencil Workshop
Prood, Sasha

Explore the creative possibilities of the artist’s most accessible tool—the pencil
 
Never has the humble pencil—the most readily available and affordable of art supplies—produced such exciting and sophisticated effects. In Pencil Workshop, author and artist Sasha Prood brings a sense of experimentation and fun to sketching with graphite, colored, and watercolor pencils. Through 50 different experiments, you’ll learn traditional techniques like hatching, contouring, and stippling; develop your skills by creating compositions; and try out the unique effects that you can achieve with blenders and water-soluble pencils. This unique instruction book is structured so that you have space to do pencil test swatches and draw directly on the pages next to the author’s examples. Pencil Workshop provides everything you need to explore the limitless creative potential of this versatile medium!

Explore the creative possibilities of the artist's most accessible tool--the pencil

Never has the humble pencil--the most readily available and affordable of art supplies--produced such exciting and sophisticated effects. In Pencil Workshop, author and artist Sasha Prood brings a sense of experimentation and fun to sketching with graphite, colored, and watercolor pencils. Through 50 different experiments, you'll learn traditional techniques like hatching, contouring, and stippling; develop your skills by creating compositions; and try out the unique effects that you can achieve with blenders and water-soluble pencils. This unique instruction book is structured so that you have space to do pencil test swatches and draw directly on the pages next to the author's examples. Pencil Workshop provides everything you need to explore the limitless creative potential of this versatile medium!

Special Features

  • Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Paperback with lay-flat binding


Check out the other books in this series: Watercolor Workshop, and Marker Workshop.

Item No. 9781419741449
$19.99
product image
Emberley, Ed
This book shows how a circle, divided like a pie, can be used to make pictures of all kinds. Using just 4 simple shapes, Ed Emberley shows would-be artists how to draw a variety of patterns, animals, people, and more! This book is packed with cool things that kids-and not a few adults-really want to draw. Easy and fun, the book provides hours of art-full entertainment.
Item No. 9780316789820
$9.99
Picture This - Hardcover (Revised)
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas--about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story--remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.
Item No. 9781452135151
$28.99
Picture This - Softcover (Revised)
Bang, Molly
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary.

Bang's powerful ideas remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius: Explore the intricate and thought-provoking ideas that Bang brings to Picture This including thoughts about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? She asks the right questions to get your wheels turning while the illustrations and thoughtful designs bring the words to life.

  • Explores the mix of geometrical abstraction and emotional expressions, plus how a few clear principles can be used to build powerful visual statements.
  • Encourages you to answer the question, "How does the structure of a picture--or any visual art form--affect our emotional response?"
  • Includes powerful imagery and beautiful illustrations to help readers feel connected to the text.
  • First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

    Molly Bang has authored and illustrated more than three dozen books and has won three Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Award, among other accolades, in her long career as a writer and artist.

    Picture This makes an imaginative and inspiring gift for any artist or loved one who is interested in design.

    Item No. 9781452151991
    $22.99
    Play and Color in Black and White
    Activity meets creativity! Striking and stylish, sporting a uniquely sophisticated die-cut, flexi-plastic binding, Play and Color in Black and White is an activity book with a difference. The bold minimalist palette almost begs kids to decorate the 96 pages with bright color and whimsical imagination, using not only their crayons but also the more than 100 fluorescent neon stickers included with the book.
    Item No. 9782848019833
    $12.99
    product image
    Cherry, Meri
    Packed with joyful and educational art experiences for kids, Play, Make, Create offers fun and engaging imaginative activities focused on the fun and reward of creating, not just producing a final project.

    Founded in a process-based philosophy, this unique book includes more than 40 activities set up as invitations, or thoughtfully designed prompts to explore, create, and play. Author Meri Cherry has more than 20 years of teaching experience, and her blog (mericherry.com) has set the standard for meaningful and enriching process art experiences that are both manageable for parents, and appealing and fun for kids.

    Play, Make, Create begins with a guide for parents, teachers, and facilitators that discusses how to set up materials in an inviting way, how to present an activity and talk to kids about art, and how to stock the right materials for ongoing creativity. Also included are best-practice tips for clean-up, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.

    The book offers four types of creative invitations: Invitations to Explore (easy ideas for fun and play), Invitations to Create (open-ended, craft-based activities), Invitations to Play (sensory-based activities), and Big Projects (ongoing process-art activities). Most feature basic materials and tools (paper, inexpensive paints, pencils, glue) that require little setup.

    Among the projects and activities you'll find:
  • A collage project that takes a no-rules approach to creating with cut-out drawings and pictures.
  • Ideas for building a science station that allow kids to experiment with kitchen cabinet supplies such as soap, measuring spoons, cotton balls, and baking soda.
  • A prompt to draw a self-portrait, using a mirror (parents can draw themselves, too).
  • Instructions for making homemade colored playdough.
  • The activities in Play, Make, Create promote active, meaningful, and socially interactive learning. Children are encouraged to wonder, experiment, and use critical thinking--and most of all, enjoy the process. By following their own inclinations and making their own choices, children gain self-confidence and hone their problem-solving skills.

    Get Play, Make, Create and give children the gift of creativity!
    Item No. 9781631597169
    $24.99
    product image
    Kohl, Maryann
    Anyone working with preschoolers and early primary age children will want this book. Over 200 activities teach children to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction.
    Item No. 9780876591680
    $24.95
    product image
    Bunkers, Traci

    Artist and popular workshop instructor Traci Bunkers can turn just about anything into an interesting stamp, printing block, or tool. In this book, she shows readers how to see overlooked, everyday objects in a new way, and how to "MacGyver" them into easy to use printing blocks and tools. Readers learn to create 52 print blocks and stamp tools, all from inexpensive, ordinary, and unexpected materials--string, spools, bandaids, flip flops, ear plugs, rubber bands, school erasers, and a slew of other repurposed and upcycled items. The book also shows how to use those simple tools to make gorgeous, multi-layered prints and patterns that can be used to enhance journal covers, stationery, fabrics, accessories, and more.

    Item No. 9781592535989
    $22.99
    product image
    Carey, Joanna
    Quentin Blake is a collaboration between Tate and London 's new House of Illustration, published to coincide with the gallery's inagural exhibition, Inside Stories, a landmark show by Quentin Blake.

    Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and most highly regarded illustrators of our time. Internationally celebrated for his partnership with Roald Dahl, throughout his fifty year career he also extended collaboration with other authors such as Russel Hoban, John Yeoman, and Michael Rosen. He created children's books of his own and illustrated adult classics by Cervantes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire, and La Fontaine. In recent years his work has appeared extensively on the walls of museums, hosptials, and other public spaces. Joanna Carey's essay is a brilliant survey of Blake's oeuvre, at once intimate, perceptive and illuinating, and written with an exuberance matching that of her subject.
    Item No. 9781849763271
    $24.95
    product image
    Kolbe, Ursula
    Book by Kolbe, Ursula
    Item No. 9780975772218
    $39.95
    product image
    Stein, Jeannine
    Re-Bound is a beautiful book on bookbinding with a fun green twist-all the projects use recycled and upcycled materials. This book shows you how to take everyday materials from around the house, flea markets, thrift stores, and hardware stores and turn them into clever and eye-catching hand-made books.
    Item No. 9781592535248
    $24.99
    product image
    From "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" to "Maniac Magee," sci-fi to op-ed, "Casey at the Bat" to a moving true story about the reunion of two Hololcaust survivors, this wonderfully diverse collection of excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and books has been created by Jim Trelease especially to turn young people on to the many pleasures of reading. Here are thought-provoking columns from Mike Royko and Pete Hamill; excerpts from classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Rikki-tikki-tavi"; autobiographical sketches by Maya Angelou, Moss Hart, and others, highlighting the imoportance of reading in their lives; and much more. With selections representing many different cultures, genres, writing styles, and interests, "Read All About It!" is a wonderful introduction to the riches of literature and to a lifetime of reading.
    Item No. 9780140146554
    $15.00
    product image
    Baczynski, Kristyna
    Let's make mini-magazines (or 'zines' for short)! From animal safaris and recipes to you and your family, pick your favorite topics and get going!

    This book contains 10 zines for you to write, illustrate, and put together. Each one has a distinct theme, with lots of ideas for stories, features, and pictures--the rest is up to you!

    With fully-illustrated instructions and hints and tips along the way, this brand new book from zine publisher and comic artist Kristyna Baczynski will get you making your own brilliant zines in no time.

    Item No. 9781786274045
    $17.99