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Stuff We Love

8 Rad, Giftable Kids’ Books They Don’t Already Have

Stuff We Love BY courtney conway 10/24/2018

 

After seeing the spectacular prints and woven textiles Sarah Sullivan makes for her line Sullystring, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn she downright loved picture books when she was little. But Sarah’s hung onto the obsession as she’s gotten older—partly due to the fact that she has a whopping 17 nieces and nephews. Here are a few of her outside-the-box faves for getting all the aunt points, all the time.

 

CLOTH LULLABY, THE WOVEN LIFE OF LOUISE BOURGEOIS BY AMY NOVESKY & ISABELLE ARSENAULT

 

“This is a beautiful book that combines all of my loves—I love the illustrations, the story, and the history of artist Louise Bourgeois because she did it all. This children's book focuses on the textile life of her work, so it really speaks to me.”

 

AN AWESOME BOOK BY DALLAS CLAYTON

 

“Dallas Clayton has a few books, but this was one of the first ones I purchased when I began collecting new children's books. It’s great because it captures everything about imagination and keeping kids brains as weird as they want to be, and the illustrations are inspiring for anyone of any age.”

 

 

HOW TO BY JULIE MORSTAD

 

“This is keeping with the theme of incredible illustrations combined with a message about different ways of seeing things in your life. Some of the pages are about how to see the wind and illustrate that by showing kids with balloons blowing around. It’s about that childlike mentality and how to preserve that.”

 

TRIANGLE BY JON KLASSEN & MAC BARNETT

 

“This book is a first in a series of three. It’s about animated shapes that have their own little lives, like a little walking triangle and square that are really precious. I love it because shapes are such a big deal to me.”

 

PEZZETTINO BY LEO LIONNI

 

“This is a very Italian children’s book—it’s about this tile piece that’s looking for the rest of its mosaic. I worked for a mosaic artist for a long time, and it all fits into my mentality of crafting together puzzles and finding the missing link.”

 

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SI J’ÉTAIS UN LIVRE BY JOSÉ JORGE LETRIA & ANDRÉ LETRIA

 

“I lived in France for a year, so when I look at children’s books in French, it feels like my level of fluency. Picture books are good way for both children and adults to discover a new language.”

 

HOME BY CARSON ELLIS

 

“This author does all of the illustrations for the band The Decemberists, and this is one of her first solo things outside of that. The theme is how home can be anywhere and not just a cookie-cutter house. It’s fun, especially if you’re a kid that lives in an apartment or is from a non-American culture.”

 

CRABTREE BY JON & TUCKER NICHOLS

 

“This book is connected to McSweeney's, and the humor in it is pretty weird. The story is this man who lost his teeth, so he organizes everything in his house in attempt to find his fake teeth—it’s so weird. The illustrations are amazing, but there are also all these little odd captions that only adults will find funny.”

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