If you haven't found BIG (stands for Bravery, Imagination, Generosity) magazine for creative kids and artists you really should check it out. It is a wonderful resource- beautifully produced and full of thoughtful and inspiring creative work and ideas. Their third isssue is about to come off the press so if you subscribe now you will get it in the mail in about two weeks. You can read our interview in Small with the founders and creative directors, Jo and Lilly, here.
Randy Kaplan (or 'Shampoo Me' as he is known in our house after his hysterical song where a shark comes in through the plug hole and demands a small kids shampoo his head) is one of our favorite kids performers. His new album of blues and ragtime for kids is out now and you can get it here. So much fun for dancing.
Elly Geana-Park brings her experience as a designer in Europe nad Asia to her new line for kids - Suoak Suoak uses fabrics primarily from Japam and Switzerland and is produced in New York. Her designs are sweetly serious and slightly formal but always fresh and comfortable enough for playtime.
This is a great idea- more fun, less waste and clutter. Join Spark-box toys and they will send you a box of personalised and developmentally appropriate toys for your child play with and return once they have new interests. All the toys are beutifully crafted, always safe and clean and selected for its engaging and educational qualities. Lean all about it here. I think it would be a great new baby gift.
We have interviewed Julia Rothman before in Small about her favorite independent publications for kids. I have recently been to her site and I remembered what a great resource it is. As well as being a talented artist, author and co founder of the webdesign group ALSO, Julia collects and reviews all kinds of independent art publications. Above are some images from the independent childerens books - all reviewed and pictured on her site for you to explore..... You can take a look here.....
I still have the doll that my great aunt made me when I was a child. She has long pink arms and legs and curly wool hair with big staring blue eyes made from felt.There is something about her that was always special and I love seeing how she lives on in my own daughters games.