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Vincent's Starry Night + Giveaway

Vincents Starry Night + Giveaway | Little Lit Book Series
Vincent's Starry Night + Giveaway | Little Lit Book Series
Vincent's Starry Night + Giveaway | Little Lit Book Series
Vincent's Starry Night + Giveaway | Little Lit Book Series

It’s Women’s History Month and we’re excited to share Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories, which features seven female artists — Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Varvara Stepanova, Frida Kahlo, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Louise Bourgeois.

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories is a unique take on art history for children.  Significant works of art and movements in art history are enveloped in narrative, which bring to life the context, environment, feel, sights, smells, thought life and dialogue between the artist and his world.  Children's senses and imaginations are engaged as the stories help them relate to the artists and their work. It's well known that stories bring us closer to what we're learning, and that's part of what makes this such an exceptional book.  Spanning 40,000 years of art history, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories features 68 stories, reproductions of notable artwork, a timeline of historical events and features about the cities and places where artists worked.

“I wanted to capture something of the moment of making, the mix of personalities, ideas, materials, ambitions and even crazy accidents that results in art. The stories are all based on historical facts – which of course can be thin on the ground as we go back in time – but I’d like to think they also work as stories in their own right.” — From an interview with author Michael Bird.

Recommended for ages 9 and up, but probably best presented as a read-aloud or read together with an adult who will be able to provide explanation and insight into the terminology, rare words and abstract concepts presented in the book.   Authored by art historian Michael Bird and illustrated by Kate Evans, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories would serve as an engaging introduction and foundation for further studies in art history.  Images of page spreads used with permission from Laurence King Publishing.

We're patterning with Laurence King Publishing to give away a copy of this marvelous book.  Head over to this Instagram post to enter this international giveaway.  It ends on Wednesday, March 22, at 11:59 PDT.

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Illustoria: The Outside-In Issue

Illustoria: The Outside-In Issue | Little Lit Book Series
Illustoria: The Outside-In Issue | Little Lit Book Series

Magazines connect us to writers and illustrators in ways that picture books can't—be it through hearing about an author's background in an interview with them or seeing a different kind of visual storytelling from an illustrator.  In the newest issue of Illustoria, writers and artists were asked "what comes to mind for them when they think 'outside-in.'"

And just in time for Women's History Month, we love how the current issue features many amazing women writers and artists—Lisa Brown, Nina Chakrabarti, Amy Novesky, Elizabeth Haidle, Ruth Kneass, Britt Browne, Yuliya Gwilym, to name but a few.  The latest installment of Literary Giants As Kids is all about Beatrix Potter's childhood.  In her words, "There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story.  You never quite know where they'll take you."

We also get to hear Amy Novesky's thoughts on writing, her creative process, inspirations, current projects and how she was "bookish and daydreamy" as a kid.  Lots of quirk, lots of surprises, but most of all, so much inspiration to soak up, for us and our children.

Cover art by Lisa Brown.

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Dorothea Lange + Giveaway

Dorothea Lange + Giveaway | Little Lit Book Series

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month all March long by sharing books about extraordinary women.  Dorothea Lange experienced suffering during childhood and learned about empathy at a very young age, which prepared her for her life's work. In high school, she discovered that she had a keen eye for images and she worked very hard to break into the field of photography, which at the time was dominated by men. Dorothea Lange is most famous for documenting people living in rural America during the Great Depression. The frankness and stark realism of her photographs brought to light the poverty and injustices suffered by so many in that era. Her lens told the truth. "More than a photographer, she was a storyteller with a camera.

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression was written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sarah Green and published by Albert Whitman.  We're partnering with Albert Whitman to give away 5 copies of Dorothea Lange.  This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on Wednesday, March 8, at 11:59 PST.  Head over to this Instagram post to enter.

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