Little Golden Books Story Hour

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine 

Who remembers reading their first Little Golden Book as a kid?  Well, they’re back!   Reading them with your own children will have you waxing nostalgic about your Little Golden Books story times from when you were a kid.  The Poky Little Puppy, The Shy Little KittenThe Little Red Hen and I Can Fly are some of the titles that your little ones will ask to be read over and over again.  Add a cozy nightlight and kids sleeping bag, and you’ve got a sweet new bedtime routine.   Little Golden Books Story HourLittle Golden Books Story HourLittle Golden Books Story Hour Little Golden Books Story HourLittle Golden Books Story HourLittle Golden Books Story HourLittle Golden Books Story Hour

Those lovable Little Golden Books characters have jumped out of their stories and onto an exclusively designed collection with The Land of Nod. Take a moment and check out the Little Golden Books for Nod collection!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

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Spring Reading

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine 

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  • Lulu and Pip, an endearing tale by the author, photographer and artist who brought you Kiki and Coco in Paris.  This one has a Northern California twist to it.
  • Flashlight, an engaging book for exploring the wonder of night, nature and art.  With your flashlight, of course!
  • Opposites, from the Touch Think Learn series, which uses an important, hands-on aspect of learning–the tactile modality–to give life to a child’s first pairs of opposite words.
  • Telephone, a hilarious story about a message that goes topsy turvy as it makes its way through a group of birds (not unlike the fun game you might have played in elementary school).

Happy spring and happy reading!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 3

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our third installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1 and 2 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a modern design that can easily grow with your young reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Boy's Book Nook Inspiration I Heart Space Banner / Floating Wall Shelf / Blue Rad Rug / Grey Bean Bag Chair / Grey Next Chapter Bookcase / Star Pop Icon Nightlight / Circle Corkboard

For this space, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The Rad Rug is the perfect foundation for the space; it’s plush, graphic and will define the book nook.
  • We always recommend layering in soft seating for a comfy spot to lounge, our Cool Beans! Bean Bag Chair is the perfect option for a growing child, as it’s plenty roomy.
  • The pop icon nightlight is not only a playful décor piece, but can be mounted to the wall above the bean bag chair for additional lighting.
  • A mix of cork boards and wall art can add interest in the space, and gives a place for kids to hang their latest treasures and mementos.
  • A small wall mounted shelf or ledge is ideal for keeping favorite books close at hand. We love the simple design of this book ledge, as it really turns a stack of books into a piece of art.
  • Of course, if this is a book nook, you’ll need plenty of room for books, and even a few toys. The Next Chapter bookcase is good choice because it’s low to the ground, which means your little one will have ready access to their books and toys.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As kids hit kindergarten and beyond, it’s a great time to explore different types of books. Finding books that relate to your young reader’s interests, pique their curiosity, or make them laugh will help keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

Boys Library Inspiration - Age 6-8Our picks:

  • George’s Marvelous Medicine – Wacky predicaments and laugh-out-loud moments take center stage in this short chapter book from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
  • I am Jackie Robinson – This is the fourth title in New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World series. I am Jackie Robinson will entertain, inform, and inspire sports-loving kids.
  • Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! – Who knew being flat could be so fun? Packed with plenty of pictures and goofy situations, Flat Stanley is a delightful story that young readers have loved for generations.
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – Short, snappy text and great illustrations make this the funniest installment in Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series.
  • Amazing Pop-up Space AtlasThis interactive book introduces young readers to the wonders of outer space, complete with planet profiles, sky charts, and a 3-D pop-up Solar System.
  • Fortunately, the Milk – From Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of Coraline, comes a fantastical tale of a dad who runs out for a carton of milk and encounters aliens, pirates, and ponies on his way.

Looking for more great reads for growing readers? Check out 10 Early Chapter Books for Boys on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Book Nook Inspiration, Part 2

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our second installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. Check out Part 1 here. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a feminine design for a growing reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

 Book Nook Inspiration: Growing GirlHalf Dot Rainbow Garland / Horrible Adorables Faux Taxidermy / Best and the Mostest Wall Art / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Pink Play Cushion / Pink Graduated Bookcase / Aqua Ombre Cube Basket / White Hemisphere Floor Lamp / Candy Dot Rug / Cloud Throw Pillow / Triangle Throw Pillow

For this book nook, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The overall color palette was inspired by shades of pink.
  • We added a play home floor cushion. It’s perfect for comfy floor seating. And can be outfitted with a collection of throw pillows for added comfort and interest.
  • The Graduated Bookcase offers ample storage for books and special items. This piece is the perfect height to pair with floor cushions.
  • Adding a floor lamp brings in extra light.
  • Next, add a collection of wall art that adds color or a sentiment.
  • To finish the space, hang garland above the reading nook to help define the area and bring in dimension and color.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As young readers make the move from picture books to chapter books, it’s great time to infuse a little girl power into their reading selections. There are plenty of wonderful books filled with engaging stories, fantastic artwork, and strong leading ladies that are perfect for girls ages 6 – 8.

Library Inspiration: Growing Girl Age 6-8Our picks:

  • Rosie Revere, Engineer – A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to build things, but grows discouraged when people laugh at her inventions. Accompanied by detailed illustrations, the book reminds young readers that failure is just the first step toward success.
  • Zita the Spacegirl – At the center of this graphic novel is Zita, a fearless girl on a journey through another world to rescue a kidnapped friend. Girls will identify with Zita’s brave, adventurous, and loyal character.
  • Flora & Ulysses – A charming story about a squirrel who gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner and emerges with superpowers. The award-winning book features full-page illustrations and comic-book style sequences.
  • Ivy and Bean – This great early chapter book explores the relationship between two friends who make more mischief than either of them can handle.
  • Beezus and Ramona – No list of books for growing readers would be complete without this Beverly Cleary classic. Kids will relate to these timeless truths about siblings and the love they share, even at the trickiest of times.
  • Pippi Longstocking – A madcap adventurer with pluck, Pippi is a perennial favorite of young readers around the world. Charming illustrations by Lauren Child make this edition one to treasure.

Looking for more empowering books for girls? Check out Early Chapter Books with Fierce Female Characters on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.