kids books

Our new children’s book has a cover!

Here’s your first look at What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure, our brand-new children’s storybook coming out on October 20. We’ll have a lot more to share about this new book in the months to come, but we can tell you this: it’s really, really messy.

Preorders are now open: http://j.mp/get-messy

Let us know what you think!

Concept illustration for a kid’s book I’ll be doing soon called ‘Billy-Bob - Boy Ballerina"

It’s basically a story geared towards 6 year olds about a tough kid who wears tutus to school and likes to dance. I want to promote an abolition of gender-roles and emphasize the importance of sticking with your hobbies and the things you love just because you love them.

I believe that no child should be punished for expressing themself.

Because I’m a woman, because some of my books have pictures of girls on the cover, because some of my books have ‘princess’ in the title, I’m stamped as 'for girls only.’ However, the male writers who have boys on their covers speak to the entire school.
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Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters author Shannon Hale, who was told by a grade school she’d only be speaking to girls.

Her now-viral response exposes the double standard in kids’ books we need to leave behind

black illustrated fairy tales:FYI

I work in a book store and was brought in these kids books called “Jump at the Sun Fairy-Tale Classics” that re-draw fairy tale classics as with characters of colour! 

Prices online are a little high, but the original prices on the little paperback picture books are $4.50ish (CAN)

Princesses and Princes are featured with locs, cornrows, natural hair and a variety, as well as slightly varying skin tones. Everyone in the stories are people of colour. Here’s a couple of the covers I found online:

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Celebrate Caturday with this great book for kids on space: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space written by Dominic Walliman and designed and illustrated by Ben Newman. I spotted it in the window of the Strand Bookstore this morning and looked it up when I got home. It was actually featured on Brain Pickings last fall (which is where I saw these great illustrations). 

Cats + Space is always a winning combination in my book.*

- Summer

(*pun always intended)