Author: Kyla Ryman
Artist: Katherine Bradford
Published August 1st, 2015 by Home Grown Books
Summary: Children will love identifying what sort of thing is being repeated (is it a boat? a swimmer? a buoy?) while also becoming more familiar with counting. For young children, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of numbers. For toddlers and older children, the content of the paintings leave a lot of room for discussion and thought beyond the pages of the book. The numbers inside this board book are out of order, encouraging children to interact with the artwork and explore the paintings at their own pace.
What do you see?
Author: Kyla Ryman
Artist: Wangechi Mutu
Published September 6th, 2016 by Home Grown Books
Summary: Deconstruct the collage work of Wangechi Mutu in this compelling art book for curious kids. Children will love exploring this mysterious world where objects are not quite what they seem.
About Home Grown Books: Home Grown Books develops books that support its core values – organic learning, creativity, sustainability and giving back. They reject a one-size-fits-all educational model, and are committed to treating all children as unique, creative individuals. The books honor children’s innate intelligence with compelling content that will spark their curiosity. As the books engage the imagination, little readers are drawn back to the books, effortlessly strengthening their reading habits and fostering confidence in themselves as a reader. Believing in the power of art to engage a little reader’s mind, their books feature artwork by emerging and established artists that will capture the imaginations of your little one. The language is simple and the artwork is complex, leaving room beyond the words for a child’s imagination to explore. As part of their Mini Museum Series, they partnered with high profile artists such as Wangechi Mutu & Katherine Bradford, to produce visually stimulating board books. Home Grown Books are the only independent publisher that manufactures all their books in the US with eco-friendly practices. The NYC board books are printed with 100% recycled (min 35% post consumer) CCNB paperboard with an aqueous coating. The paperback books are printed on 50% post consumer paper using low-VOC vegetable inks, and renewable wind-powered energy and the book pack packaging is printed in New York on paper from managed forest using low-VOC vegetable inks and renewable wind-powered energy. More info and news can be viewed here: homegrownbooksnyc.com/
About the Founder: Kyla Ryman saw a need for creative and compelling reading content for children. In 2012, she founded Home Grown Books to develop resources that empowered parents and inspired little readers. Kyla is a mother of two boys and an advocate of organic learning. She embraces thinking, playing, and creating as the building blocks for learning. More info here: homegrownbooksnyc.com/
My Review: Many of you may know, my father is the director of the Louisiana State University Art Museum, and I have grown up surrounded by art. Some of my first memories are at his art openings, and I cannot remember a time of my life where art wasn’t a part of it, either in viewing or in creating. Because of this lifetime love and respect for art, I love when art is included in picture books. These new Mini Museum Series books are different than I’ve ever encountered though as they specifically focus on contemporary art for very young children.
Six, filled with Bradford’s art, will be a perfect counting, identifying, and discussion book. In no consistent order, the text will show if the reader can count, and not just memorize what number comes next, and each page allows for discussion about the colors and images in each piece of art.
What Do You See?, filled with Mutu’s abstract art work, is a perfect way to introduce kids to the idea of abstraction and how art is different for anyone who is viewing it.
Read These If You Love: ART
*Home/Preschool Library & Discussion Aloud*
**Thank you to Home Grown Books for providing copies for review!**
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