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vincent's starry night and other stories

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories is a unique take on art history for children.  Significant works of art and movements in art history are enveloped in narrative, which bring to life the context, environment, feel, sights, smells, thought life and dialogue between the artist and his world.  Children's senses and imaginations are engaged as the stories help them relate to the artists and their work.  It's well known that stories bring us closer to what we're learning, and that's part of what makes this such an exceptional book.  Spanning 40,000 years of art history, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories features 68 stories, reproductions of notable artwork, a timeline of historical events and features about the cities and places where artists worked.

“I wanted to capture something of the moment of making, the mix of personalities, ideas, materials, ambitions and even crazy accidents that results in art.  The stories are all based on historical facts – which of course can be thin on the ground as we go back in time – but I’d like to think they also work as stories in their own right.”  — From an interview with author Michael Bird.

The book is recommended for ages 9 and up, but probably best presented as a read-aloud or read together with an adult who will be able to provide explanation and insight into the terminology, rare words and abstract concepts presented in the book.  Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories would serve as an engaging introduction and foundation for further studies in art history.  It was authored by art historian Michael Bird and illustrated by Kate Evans.  Release date is August 23 from Laurence King Publishing.

Laurence King Publishing is giving away a copy of Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories.  Head over to @averyandaugustine on Instagram to enter.  The giveaway ends on Thursday, August 25, 11:00 PM PDT. 

Images used with permission of Laurence King Publishing.




nothing but fun in noisy village

It’s Thursday and time for another edition of #classicchapterbooks with but Fun in Noisy Village is Astrid Lindgren’s third book in her Children of Noisy Village series.  It was originally published in 1952 but this edition was published last month.  Set in the bucolic Swedish countryside, this collection of stories follows the goings-on, mischief and adventures of Lisa, her two brothers and their friends who live on three farms in a row dubbed “Noisy Village” by their neighbors.  Whether they’re celebrating midsummer, exploring the caves across the lake or sleeping in the forest under the big night sky during a crayfishing trip, one thing is for sure—the children of Noisy Village are resourceful, resilient, imaginative and will have fun wherever they are.  They are brilliant at being kids.  A read-aloud of Nothing But Fun in Noisy Village would make a great close to your summer.


the princess in black

The latest installment of The Princess in Black, a series my daughter’s been loving.  "Oh my gosh.  This one is so good!"  (Avery, before starting to read it for the second time.)


the year of the dog

My eight-year-old self would have loved to read this.  There was a scarcity of Asian American lit when I was growing up.  Thank you, Grace Lin, for writing The Year of the Dog.


mango and bambang tapir all at sea

We're setting off on an adventure in this month's #littlelitbookseries.

Mango Allsorts and her tapir pal are back in Tapir All at Sea with a new collection of stories.  There’s the time Bambang decides to take up dancing as a new hobby, when gets erroneously apprehended as a diamond thief, when he is captured and put on display “in the window of Cynthia Prickle-Posset’s museum, trapped between a selection of mummified cats and a tank of electric eels,” and the time an offer arrives for him to join an ocean liner’s dance troupe as a flamenco dancer traveling the world.  This sweet and clever series is a delight and we’re looking forward to the third installment due out on September 1, Tiny Tapir Trouble.

If it’s adventure you seek, you’ve come to the right place.  Find your way over to #littlelitbookseries on Instagram for some adventurous picks.

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