lovely links: March 2014

a little eye candy from 3191 Miles Apart (which is relevant to this site because books are printed on paper)

Studio Visits: The Atlas Powder Company via the School Library Journal

because I am crushing on Brian Floca’s work right now (see: Locomotive)

a totally great example of self-directed learning and a parent brave enough to follow (I just ordered 300 sheets of construction paper)

seven steps to getting published, from Keri Smith

children’s books are more important than many people make them out to be because they stick with readers the longest and ultimately shape their character

richard scarry unfinished manuscript to be published

because I love Mark Rothko’s art, seascapes (really)

reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, Dobry by Monica Shannon, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch, The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (easily the best pbb I’ve read this year), The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins

tough/awesome

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This winter has been tough.

We are living in a tiny cabin that makes entertaining impossible. The extreme cold has forced us to spend our time inside. I don’t know many people in town. My son takes two naps a day.

This winter has been awesome.

We are living in a tiny cabin that makes entertaining impossible (as a result I don’t spend much time cleaning). The extreme cold has forced us to spend our time inside (where we read a lot, write a lot, listen to music and stories, make art and make-believe). I don’t know many people in town (so I don’t have to answer any distracting phone calls or pretend that I want to get together when I really don’t). My son takes two naps a day (so we stay home and create).

once upon a time

My family received a set of Rory’s Story Cubes for Christmas and we have been enjoying them very much.

The concept is simple: there are 9 story cubes with a different image on each of the cube’s 6 facets. You roll the cubes, line them up the way you want and begin with “Once upon a time…” letting the images guide your story.

Very simple, very fun.

from roald dahl

Montana 007

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you. Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”