Thursday, March 1, 2012

sparkle and spin.







We have a pretty neat library of children's books started. I love them and have been collecting special ones for years, in addition to the classics. Above are some snippets of my absolute favorite design-oriented books, with colors and patterns and illustrations that can't be beat:

Sparkle & Spin - Ann & Paul Rand
Little 1 - Ann & Paul Rand
I Know a Lot of Things - Ann & Paul Rand
Henri's Walk to Paris - Saul Bass (recently re-released)

On a similar note, Clint and I have always wanted to collaborate and write/design some children's books. Maybe this is the year.

18 comments:

  1. We love Sparkle & Spin. My husband and I are the same way about writing children's books. The best kind of writing!

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  2. Those are great designs and colors. It would be rad to have some hanging up on the walls of a nursery (although i wouldn't have the heart to rip them out of books.)

    And yes, this is the year!! With your talent and Clint's humor it would be a knock out. Jot me down for one of your first sales. :)

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  3. I'm going to laugh really, really hard if this baby has my personality. Ha ha. Just the thought makes me chuckle.

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  4. I love children's books (of course, being an elementary school librarian makes it almost impossible not to), and one of the best things about having a child is that you get to reread books so many times that you notice all sorts of amazing things you never would have seen if you just read it once or twice.

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  5. oh my, that first photo with the alphabet...precious! i love children's books too.

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  6. I am loving the colors :)

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  7. Aw, Matt was just telling me that we need to get Henri's Walk to Paris for our future child. What a lovely world your little girl will grow up in. Also, these colors are my favorite... I am loving pink and orange together lately.

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  8. These are so well timed ans have some friends who are due soon--so excited!--and din't know what to get them and was thinking some books, as everyone gets the baby clothes, and these look as much a joy for adults as for children--perfect!

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  9. these are stunning books, aren't they? Henri's walk to paris is new to me. thanks for sharing.

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  10. oh man, these are so pretty!
    as for an angela/clint children's book, I'd LOVE that.
    Keep us posted on your progress!

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  11. I agree! i would love to read a book written by you too!!!

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  12. thank you for these! i just came back from the library's bookstore and couldn't find anything i liked. now i know what to look for when buying children's books!

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  13. Rory and I talked pretty seriously about making a children's storybook. I envy your drive and talent pretty hard.

    Have a baby already! She's going to be absolutely perfect.

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  14. these are beautiful! especially loving that second to last photo for some reason. and i wouldn't doubt that if you and clint do decide to write children's books they would be just as good! :)

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  15. So I stumbled upon your blog from Apartment Therapy and I have thoroughly enjoyed the past hour perusing your archives. I too come from a large family (eight kids) and love our Savior Jesus. Keep up the good work and many blessings to you and your family!

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  16. love that you do this! Books are the one thing that my kiddos go back to from when they were babies. Happy memories.

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  17. Hey pretty girl. Let me know if you're up for a I'm-about-to-give-birth-but-still-want-to-design project:) totally understand if not:) loves!!

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