Resource Books

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
$19.95
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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
$26.99
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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
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration - Softcover

The preeminent children’s book artist of the twentieth century, Maurice Sendak and his sixty-year career are celebrated in this full-color catalog of more than two hundred images being exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from June 11–August 17, 2013. Accompanied by twelve essays by such noted scholars and historians as Leonard S. Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work showcases the collection of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, prominent authorities on Sendak’s artwork, and is a deeply personal and thoughtful tribute to a seminal artist whose singular vision has captured the imaginations of countless children and grown-ups throughout the world.

Item No. 9781419710735
$29.95
McCloskey: Art and Illustrations of Robert McCloskey
McCloskey, Jane


Primarily known only for his immensely popular children's books, such as Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey was first and foremost an artist and produced a large body of paintings and other artworks in addition to his sketches and illustrations for kids' books. McCloskey's art was usually influenced by where he lived, and he lived a lot of places, from Maine to Mexico and New York to Europe and the Caribbean. In this book, McCloskey's daughter looks at the range of his work from both chronological and geographic perspectives, discussing the styles of his work and his own attitudes about art.
Item No. 9781608934935
$35.00
Mix it Up
Tullet, Herve
An interactive picture book from the New York Times bestselling "Prince of Preschool"

Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about combining colors in a fun and imaginative way.

A mess-free way to learn about transforming colors and following directions: Accept Hervé Tullet's irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist's simple instructions and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. In Mix It Up! Tullet sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page.

  • The perfect book for young children to develop an understanding of colors
  • Ideal as a fun and interactive read aloud book for families or small groups
  • Known as the "Prince of Preschool," the versatile Hervé Tullet has been an art director at various ad agencies, a magazine illustrator, and for the past 15 years, a creator of children's books
  • Fans of Press Here, Let's Play!, and Say Zoop! will love this glorious and richly satisfying companion book, Mix It Up!

    Great for preschoolers and early readers to learn about combining colors in a fun and imaginative way.

  • Kids will giggle as they mash, smoosh and mix up colors as they participate in the story
  • Paint colors are vibrant, fun and incredibly realistic
  • Books for kids ages 3-7
  • Stimulating children's book that encourages imagination and creativity
  • Item No. 9781452137353
    $15.99
    Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: The Sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    Krosoczka, Jarrett
    Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is celebrating ten years as a published author/illustrator with Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: the sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka. A decade's worth of sketchbooks were visually curated by designer John Lind and Krosoczka penned essays on the creative process behind each book in his bibliography. Photos of book tour stops and field notes on Jarrett's literary career are also included, along with an introduction by radio host and art educator Mark Lynch. 100% of proceeds from this book benefit the Joseph and Shirley Memorial Youth Scholarships at the Worcester Art Museum, which provides free tuition to art courses for children in need.
    Item No. 9780983854517
    $13.95
    Moser Book Plate & One Hundred Portraits - Hardcover
    Moser, Barry

    Free book plate autographed by Barry Moser with purchase.

    Barry Moser is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed wood engravers in the world. Portraits have long been a staple of his career, from his first book in 1970 onwards. This title brings together a collection of fifty of Moser's best known portraits, and includes portraits of: Charles Dickens; Edgar Allen Poe; and Jane Austen.
    Item No. 9781567923667
    $35.00
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    Kohl, Maryann F
    From award-winning author Mary Ann Kohl comes this Spanish/English bilingual edition of one of her favorite and best-selling titles. Over 100 delightfully squishy kid-tested projects capture the imagination of children, parents, teachers, and child-care professionals with English and Spanish translations on every page. From traditional playdough and papier maché to the kids' favorite entry of edible peanut butter playdough, this edition contains the same projects treasured for more than ten years in the original Mudworks, but in an easy-to-use format perfect for Spanish speakers and for those looking for a classic children's art project resource to use in their bilingual or Spanish-speaking classroom, home or daycare.

    De la autora premiada Mary Ann Col llega una edición bilingüe de su mejor libro bien conocido. Contiene más de 100 proyectos divertidos para niños que captura la imaginación de niños, padres, maestros y los que cuidan niños. Los niños harán proyectos de arcilla, masa, y cartón piedra usando las manos. Esta edición incluye los mismos proyectos estimados de la edición original en formato sencillo y claro. Es perfecto para alguien que busca un proyecto de arte divertido para entretener los niños.

    Item No. 9780935607178
    $14.95
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    Maffei, Giorgio
    One of the greatest graphic designers of the twentieth century called by Picasso "the Leonardo of our time" Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari (1907 1998) considered the book the best medium to communicate his visual ideas, showcase his art, and convey his creative spirit. Primarily produced in large quantities for the general public, his more-than-sixty publications from design manuals and manifestos to visionary tactile children's books displayed all the beauty and technical ingenuity of works of art.
    Munari's Books, the first English-language monograph to focus on his remarkable achievements in publishing, examines in detail his seventy-year legacy in print, from his pioneering work as a graphic designer and collaborations with major publishers to his experimental visual projects and innovative contributions to the fields of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and teaching. Featuring critical essays and a wealth of color illustrations, this long-overdue monograph is a visually rich introduction to Munari's remarkably multifaceted career."
    Item No. 9781616893866
    $40.00
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    D'Aquino, Andrea

    *Includes a 112-page paperback book plus a pad of 100 unique collage papers on two-sided sheets, all inside of a beautiful hardcover case with an elastic band.

    Find out how layers of simple paper can create mysterious and beautiful worlds within worlds through the art of collage.

    Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage is a dynamic mix of art-making wisdom, creative inspiration, and fun activities to guide curious artists on the art of collage. Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach, all in a very special package.

    Yet, how does one begin collaging? While there's not a hard set of rules, collage artist Andrea D'Aquino shows that there are important things a new artist needs to know when they begin making work. As she shares insights into the artistic process, D'Aquino's playful compositions illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity, and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for wonderful accidents to occur.

    The entire package includes an attractive hardcover case with a 112-page paperback book and 50 two-sided sheets of unique, printed collage papers to get you started. This set begs to be the inspiration for all your collage mysteries, discoveries, and creations.

    Item No. 9781631592645
    $24.99
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    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
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    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
    $21.99
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    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