” A book is a gift you can open again and again” and over at Collage Collage you can find some great ones.

A great book will encourage a life long love of reading. Adding a little gift or making a little piece of art can connect the reader even deeper to that book and will stay with the recipient for a long time. Drop in and find some last minute treasures for the young and young at heart. I put together a few beautiful things for those last minute shoppers.

 

 

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We Sang You Home and Little You written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by a local, Julie Flett make a great gift for a new baby or a family welcoming a new little one. These adorable little moccasins are handmade right here in Vancouver by Becky Brisco of Little Edie, the sweetest way to keep those little feet warm.

 

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This set is one of my personal favourites: felt mask making kit with This Is Sadie written by Sara O’Leary and Illustrated by our beloved local favourite Julie Morstad. A gift and book that is sure to ignite the imagination.

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Bears Winter Party written by Deborah Hodge and illustrated by our very own Lisa Cinar of Draw Me A Lion, both these ladies reside right here in Vancouver. I gifted this beautiful winter tale to my son along with the sweetest little bear necklace from Cora + Cloud.

There is so much more to choose from so please drop in and take a look around, that Santa guy will totally approve.

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My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau

The Lost Gift by Kallie George

Mix It Up By Herve Tullet and Illustoria feat Herve Tullet

Sleep Tight Farm: A farm prepares for winter by Eugenie Doyle

Happiest Holidays!

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Art Bar’s book, Art Workshop for Children

As a little book store and workshop, we come across A LOT of blogs that become books. LOTS. And it’s not always easy to make the transition…or have content that doesn’t repeat what your loyal blog readers have already seen. Transitioning your voice, style and concept to a completely new format is difficult, and not all blogs can make the shift. After reading through Barbara Rucci’s first ever book based on her beautifully curated blog, Art Bar – you’ll be delighted to discover that she’s created an engaging and thoughtful guide with 25 new projects to share with her audience.

Rucci writes alongside Reggio Inspired Educator Betsy McKenna which I really enjoyed and respected. We are hugely inspired by the Reggio Approach around here in all our classes and also offer a purely Reggio class taught by trained ECE professionals. We honor it as an approach and really love to see it presented professionally and thoughtfully. Rucci’s experiences alongside McKenna offers a nice balance in understanding, making the book a great guide for teachers and parents alike. There’s also a lot of room for fun – see the “Still Life with Donut” pic for what I’m talking about!

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Art Workshop carries Rucci’s distinct and bright palate throughout the book; you’ll feel a familiarity of the blog, but with new projects to try. There’s also a balanced amount of reflection and encouragement of PROCESS over PRODUCT which is my most favorite element of the book. Also, Bar and I straight up like a lot of the same things – organized materials in glass jars? Check! beautiful art supplies? Check! Lots and lots of found objects and cardboard? Check! Check!

I’m pretty excited to bring a few of these projects into our classes and into my home – which I will share with you soon. In the meantime, you’ve got to see what our friends at mammapappabubba made, complete with candles!

Art Workshop for Children will arrive at Collage Collage soon, stay tuned for when you can pick up your own copy!

 

 

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If you fell in love with Clover and the Magical Animal Adoption Agency then you are probably following along on her newest adventure in The Missing Magic.

Kallie George has written another wonderful addition to The Magical Animal Adoption Agency. If you haven’t read Clover’s luck, and The Enchanted Egg you can still jump right in with The Missing Magic. This series is a great book for adventurers, animal lovers and did I mention it has magic? Filled with beautiful illustrations by Alexandra Bioger, a truly magical book for young readers transitioning into chapter books.

The Missing Magic was our pick for this months book club and we are very excited to have Kallie joining us at the shop this Saturday the 22nd. Come meet Kallie and create a magical mask with us from 12 -2 pm.

 

 

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Very special guest Kyo Maclear will be at the shop this Saturday celebrating her new book The Wish Tree along with our friend and celebrated author/illustrator Julie Morstad.

 

You may recognize Kyo’s work from Spork, The Good Little Book,Virginia Wolf and Julia, Child written by Kyo and illustrated by Julie. Her new book The Wish Tree is a special story about a boy and his sled but also so much more. Beautifully illustrated by Chris Turnham with a soft and playful style that will easily become a winter favourite.

kyo2 It’s a very snowy winter and Charles wants to find “a wish tree.” Both his brother and sister try to tell him there is no such tree but Charles doesn’t listen. He believes. On his search he comes across different animals, like a friendly squirrel who needs help gathering hazelnuts. He has spent his day helping the animals and just when the day is ending Charles finds the wish tree, gleaming white. He writes his wish on a piece of paper and ties it to the tree.

Come out and make a wish of your very own, and meet Kyo and Julie, which to me is a wish granted in itself.

This Saturday, September 24 th from 12- 2 p.m.

See you there.

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Have you been in the shop and browsed our wonderfully curated selection of books?  We have some pretty amazing local authors and illustrators right here in Vancouver.

 

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Word Vancouver is holding it’s five-day festival for Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts starting on Wednesday, September the 21st until the 25th. The festival will include some of our favourite locals from Children’s Literature such as Sara Gillingham, Tiffany Stone, Laura Bifano and Kallie George.

Friday, September 23rd join Kallie and Tiffany for An Evening of Faerie Magic at Christianne’s Lyceum.  Kallie will be in the shop later this Fall. Her the third book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, The Missing Magic, is out and also part of our Book Club series.

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Sunday, September 25th at the Central Branch Library join in for children and family programming including readings, and activities. Family friendly stations include Imagination Island and The Dock . A station I don’t want to miss will be at The Quay workshop Sail Away starting at 2:30pm. This will include Last Chance Island, In the Red Canoe and Sara Gillingham’s beautiful book Alpha Bravo Charlie.

On top of fantastic workshops they also offer an opportunity for young writers to put their creative story writing skills to good use in a special contest:

Submit your original 250 word story to contest@rebuscreative.com by September 15th and you could be chosen to read your story at the festival and have it printed in a local magazine. There will be one winner and nine finalists from the child entrants, and each will receive a prize. You can learn more about the contest here.

See you there.

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