Monthly mail • April 2021

Welcome to The Kidlit Collective – a celebration of children’s books and more

Setting the Scene

In April's edition, we explore how to make book time a little more special...

A deep leather armchair in a hidden corner of a coffee shop? A padded window seat, with rain battering outside, and a hot chocolate in hand?
What would be your favored scenario to snuggle up and be utterly absorbed in a book?
Creating a ‘special’ quiet place for your child to read may well encourage them to pick up a book. Here are a few ideas on how to elevate their experience and rouse the reader within.

SNACKS Yep, kid’s love em’. So an accompanying plate ofnibbles can instantly raise enthusiasm.

 

A READING LIGHT Children find it exciting to do
something covert. A reading light at night-time is a fun
way for them to feel a little surreptitious while they settledown with a book.

SHELVING Could displaying books in a more appealing manner tempt small fingers?
This inexpensive bookrack from (@UTEX) brings library vibes into your home and child’s bedroom.

Rotate the books on display and consider adding some new titles, from time to time, as a surprise.

 

TEEPEES For younger children, this can make the perfect reading spot, especially with the addition of cushions and a blanket. If you don’t have a teepee, a beanbag also offers comfortable and relaxed seating for little bottoms.

READING NOOKS The next step up in the reading game. Enclaves, or built-in wardrobes with their doors removed, can make wonderfully cosy reading spaces. Check out our lookbook below, or head over to Pinterest for some inspired inspiration

Lookbook

INSTA-WORTHY

Each month, we share some extremely
‘likeable’ online illustrative work that
caught our scrolling eye…

Capturing imaginations with her lovely, whimsical inventiveness, Joanna Bruszewska’s work (never.mouse) is ever-evolving.

“With all the possibilities that are still there to explore I don’t suppose I could ever find my own unique style and stick to it,” she explains. “I think that the true joy of creating, lies in the possibility of drawing whatever comes to your mind without having to worry whether it fits your expectations or colour palette. There’s a sense of freedom in being able to follow your ideas and experimenting with different art mediums.”

Originally from Poland, the Edinburgh-based illustrator looks to colours, shapes, interiors, and most of all, people, for inspiration. “For the most part, however, I just see glimpses of my illustrations in my head before they ever come to life – a bit like slides popping up for just a second or two before they disappear,” she tells us. A couple of years ago, Joanna was asked to make an illustrated version of a child’s portrait with all of their favourite toys and loved the idea so much that she decided to make many more commissions similar to that one.

“The illustrations would show these kids doing the things they love the most or capture them being dressed as a princess, ballerina or whoever they would like to be when they grow up. In a way it was like a child’s dream locked in an illustration.” Expanding her portfolio, Joanna has started an Etsy shop, where she sells handmade clay ornaments (each completely unique), along with prints of her illustrations.
Check it out here.

@never.mouse

THE BOOK CLUB

Trying to help kids process their emotions is never easy, but this picture book by New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, lends parents a helping hand when discussing those less-than-sunny dispositions we all have from time to time.

Where’d My Giggle Go? tells of a boy in search of his lost giggle.
I woke up this morning with a frown on my face. I looked for smile, looked all over the place.

This takes him to a circus and a bakery, before checking his own pocket, with no avail.

Soon, the boy begins to realize sometimes the best way to find his giggle is by bringing happiness to others.

Normalizing big emotions while encouraging children to help others find their joy, this read-aloud story is aimed at four to eight-year-olds.

Brought to you by Harper Collins, Where’d My Giggle Go? is out April 2021 in various formats

QUOTABLE QUOTES

WORDS BIG ENOUGH

TO CHANGE THE WORLD

" HAPPINESS CAN BE FOUND EVEN IN
THE DARKEST OF TIMES , WHEN ONE
ONLY REMEMBERS TO TURN ON THE
LIGHT . "

J . KROWLING / HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE