Monday, March 22, 2010

Mr. M book launch at White Dwarf

What: Book launch - meet both the author and illustrator
Where: White Dwarf Books, 3715 W. Tenth Ave, Vancouver BC
When: March 31, 7 pm

A launch for the very strange, and very interesting book Mr. M: the Exploring Dreamer.
Soizick Meister has been painting the figure of Mr. M for many years, and this book weaves a selection of the Mr. M paintings into a narrative as Mr. M searches for his roots.
Join us for refreshments, food and a special door prize.

which is the cutest?

A new set of Simply Small animals, from the cute Simply Small Series. We have already published Ollie, Perry and Dotty and Rokko are in the works. But what do you think is the next cutest? Perhaps Bobby the Beaver?


“happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
- aldous huxley

Such as...

Working on new cute books - Rokko by Paola Opal!

Creating juice box boats at the launch of Foggy!

And... last but not least... creating life sized pac-man art like the guru of happiness Color Me Katie --

What's happiness today for you?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Windy and Sunny today - Foggy on Saturday!

The lovely Windy, Sunny, Snowy and Chinook, and Foggy books have their own facebook page. Why not become their friends?
And don't forget the Foggy launch this Saturday at Collage Collage!

Also, this interesting (and super cute) article made me think of stop motion dolls. This is a super cute way of reusing dryer lint to make modeling dough.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ForeWord Book of the Year Finalists!

Congrats to our two finalists for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award!

Jack the Bear by Christina Leist
and Dragons Love by Stephen Parlato

The winners will be announced will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America in New York City on May 25.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Foggy & friends welcome you...

... to join us for cupcakes, crafts and more on March 20, from 3 to 5 at Collage Collage! It's the book launch for Foggy, by Robin Mitchell-Cranfield & Judith Steedman. Check out the super-cute blog about the Windy, Foggy and all their friends here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Congratulations to all the finalists for the BC Book Prizes, including our author Jennifer Lloyd and illustrator Ashley Spires, for being nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Ella's Umbrellas!

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

pet owls and tigers

Have you ever wanted a pet owl? Or seahorse? At this amazing site you can get any piece of furniture, plant or animal that your heart desires - in the form of a life-size sticker that you can put on your wall. I've always wanted a pet owl, or a tiger or lion, especially after reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. What about you?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

the imaginary library

Oooo! The Western Libraries at Western Washington University in Bellingham is hosting a free exhibit of original art by 72 illustrators from 30 countries. It is on until the end of April 2010. The best part? The exhibit is called "An Imaginary Library: Children's Books That Do Not (Yet) Exist A Project of the International Youth Library, Munich, Germany." 72 illustrators from 30 countries have taken part and created an original book cover for a book that does not yet exist but which someday the artist would love to create. Each book cover is accompanied by a short text that expresses the artist's idea.
Based on the beautiful images above, I am guessing that many of these ideas are indeed going to become books one day soon.

down the rabbit hole

Tim Burton's Alice is now in theaters! There's an interesting article here on the lasting popularity of Alice and why we just can't get enough of her. We can't get enough of her at Simply Read too! Our Alice 2011 calendar is going to be out very soon. Here are two images from it.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

cute together

Cute gift idea #1: What about pairing Saffy by Paola Opal with either of this utterly adorable teether? You can find at Pebbles.
There are also some very cute giraffe bath toys at Dandelion Kids. You can buy Saffy there, too!

I imagine there are lots of other cute stuffies, plushies and chewies that would pair nicely with the simply small titles (all below)!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

spring flowers

In celebration of seeing a few cherry blossoms on the trees here in Vancouver, here's a little animation for our board book by Matthew Porter, 'Flowers.'
He has a great website too.