The Nature Connection | Book Review

The Nature Collection book for kids

The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie has been part of our book collection for over a year, and it's been such a worthwhile book for our nature-deprived family that I thought it was high time to review it here. This book is responsible for getting my kids excited about spending time outdoors, and the activities inside are so well designed that once underway it's close to … [Read more...]

12 Creative Books from our Family Bookshelf

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What's on your bookshelf right now? Have you read any creative books lately that make you feel alive, help you become a better parent, or inspire you to grab life by the horns? Yesterday I shared on Instagram and Facebook that I just acquired a new book, and I was looking for feedback on it. In the process of this, I had a question about sharing what's currently on my … [Read more...]

The Year’s Best Art and Creativity Books for Kids

The best creativity and art books for kids | Tinkerlab

Books can inspire and nurture us, and at their best they make us better people. To wrap up the year in creative style, we're sharing the some of the best art and creativity books for kids that were released in 2013. I'm excited to share that TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors will come out in June 2014, and you can take peak at it here. Art and Creativity … [Read more...]

Get Ready for an Easy-breasy Summer

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Hi friends! Is it starting to feel like summer where you live? We recently pulled out the Slip-n-Slide and popsicle-eating is in full effect. In case you're starting to get the summer bug, I wanted to share something fun that's been brewing behind the scenes over here. I've been working hard with a handful of my favorite creative, playtime bloggers and I'm excited to … [Read more...]

Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids

Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids

I love arts and crafts books and often dream of opening a maker space where I can share shelves and shelves of inspiring books full of hands-on goodness with my friends and readers. Wouldn't that be fun? I just added a new book to my library that I love, and I'm excited to share it with you in this virtual maker space today. The book is Red Ted Art by UK blogger and crafter … [Read more...]

The Artful Parent Book: A Review and a Project

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As a longtime fan of Jean Van't Hul's charming, approachable, and ever-inspiring blog, The Artful Parent, I'm thrilled about the upcoming release of her book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. Not only has Jean been a huge source of inspiration to me and countless others, but we've become real-life friends and I have a great … [Read more...]

Sister Corita Kent | Art Department Rules

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I was grew up in Los Angeles, not too far from what was once Immaculate Heart College (IHC). Perhaps one of the biggest legacies of IHC is Sister Mary Corita, better known to many as Corita Kent, artist-activist and chairperson of the IHC art department from 1951-1968. Do you know about Corita Kent? In her own art, she was primarily a printmaker who used film, calligraphy, … [Read more...]

5 Creativity Books That Will Inspire You

5 creativity books that will inspire you

Are you reading anything good right now? I always have a few things on my Kindle and bookstand (I just finished the Hunger Games series), and I recently discovered some creativity books that I thought you might enjoy knowing about. Jillian Riley from the popular parenting blog, A Mom with a Lesson Plan, just released her highly anticipated e-book: Raising a Creative … [Read more...]

Why Our High Schools Need the Arts

Why our high schools need the arts

"A must-read for anyone who cares about dropout prevention, Dr. Hoffmann Davis' latest book is laid out like a map of the developing teenage psyche, leading the reader to a clear understanding of why learning in the arts is critical to adolescent development and engagement in school." --Kristen Paglia, Executive Director, Education and Programs at P.S. … [Read more...]