Megan Lingo (@chickadee.lit) and Julia Linsteadt (@julialinsteadt) put something really special together when they started KidArtLit a couple of months ago — a story and art experience that’s thoughtful, enjoyable and developmentally-appropriate. With @kidartlit, children experience and explore art methods and techniques inspired by a beautiful book selected for the month.
Pictured is their subscription box from May, which fits this month’s theme of “books that take you places” perfectly. Included is A RIVER, a staggeringly beautiful book by Marc Martin. “There is a river outside my window. Where will it take me?” A girl sits and imagines a voyage along a river through urban, rural, wooded, wild and oceanic terrain, each rendered with incredible depth, and utterly breathtaking. The expansive landscapes in A RIVER are brimming with overlapping textures and dense colors—a poetic backdrop for the quiet and introspective journey of a solitary girl in her solitary boat.
The summer is a perfect time to try out KidArtLit, and it also makes for a meaningful time spent together on weekends during the school year. For a few more peeks at the contents of May's subscription box, check out this Instagram post.