Live in a Story

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You guys.

I’m so excited about this. You remember Arree Chung, right? The dude is a complete genius. He and a few friends started a company recently called Live in a Story, and the whole shebang is pretty brilliant.

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Here I am in my Maxwell gear with one of Live in a Story’s wall decals.

(It was Halloween, not just another day in the library. Promise.)

(Also, more than one kid and more than one grownup have asked if that’s painted on the wall. That’s how beautiful these things are.)

People have been putting cheesy stickers on their walls forever. Let’s stop with that, ok? These are true works of art. Top-notch quality, seamless edges, and all of the texture you want from hand-painted detail. Picture book artists have a storytelling knack that can’t be contained in the pages. And why should they? As Live in a Story says, every wall is a blank canvas.

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Want your decals personalized? Can do.

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Kids deserve good art both in their shelves and on their walls, and Live in a Story is making it. Check it out:

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Brian Won‘s owl is ridiculous, right? Well. Great news.

If you visit Live in a Story during the month of November and give them your email and address, they’ll give you this small and smart version of the owl decal. (It’s 8×10!) (That’s much, much easier than NaNoWriMo!)

Update: here’s the decal link straight from the source!

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And! If you order more than $100 of wall decals, they are giving away signed copies of Ninja!, Hooray for Hat!, and Teeny Weeny Looks for His Mommy. (Stay tuned for news of this in a week or so. Consider this an exclusive sneak peek!)

Hooray for deals! Hooray for great news! Hooray for art!

(I think this calls for clicking Book Party up there.)

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Everything You Need for a Celebration

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It’s been a busy few weeks around here. I’m still trying to figure out where the summer part of summer is!

But.

It’s all been fantastic things.

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Sweet and Shorts: The White Marble

The White Marble by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

(published 1982, by Thomas Y. Crowell Junior Books)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. My house is a maze of piles, and I work in a library. And I love each clump of them, everywhere. I order a ton, I get copies for review, and I love the flood of story.

But then this one showed up. The White Marble Looks like it originated in a library in Sutton, West Virginia. And then somehow it ended up at a library sale in Portland, Maine. That’s where Julie Falatko found it, and she knew. Because she knew, and because she’s a book kindred, she mailed it to Burbank, California.

It’s on top of the teetering tower. Always will be. You can’t check it out cause it’s a chunk of my heart. The White Marble

MoreToRead I love this series from Brian Won: Picture Book Sounds. What does illustrator Andy Musser listen to while he works?

This post at Design Mom where I mention both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Riggins.

Pretty much everything at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, but especially this magic from Melissa Sweet.

Charlotte Zolotow may sound familiar if you’ve heard of this award given in her name. Sleep Like a Tiger was an Honor book in 2013, and a Caldecott Honor as well!

Happy Picture Book Month!

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Hooray for Hat! {book trailer}

Do you know Brian Won? You should. You will.

Remember a while back when I made that Brian Regan/snowcone/more favorite reference? That’s what it’s like looking through Brian’s portfolio. Just when I think I’ve picked a favorite piece – BAM. There’s the next one.

When his picture book Hooray for Hat! comes out in the spring you can bet I will be first in line. (And hopefully doing as impressive a highstep as Zebra. Watch. You’ll see.)

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