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baby's first eames

We’re always on the lookout for design books for children and this one caught our eye recently.  It’s a stylish A to Z board book of modern icons of architecture and design — from Architect to Zaha Hadid’s Port House and everything in between — Philip Johnson’s glass house, Marimekko, Mies van der Rohe, Saarinen’s tulip chair and the Wassily by Bauhaus, to name a few.

It’s for parents who appreciate the simplicity and clean lines of modern design and want to share that love with their little ones.  It’s the perfect book to start the conversation about good design with kids, helping them to recognize the modern elements of design that bring beauty to our neighborhoods and cities.

Baby’s First Eames: The ABCs of Modern Architecture and Design was written by Julie Merberg, illustrated by Aki and published by Downtown Bookworks.  Out soon on May 8.


ocean meets sky

You’ll feel like you’ve woken up from a dream after you read Ocean Meets Sky.  It’s about a little boy named Finn who builds a boat in honor of his late grandfather.  He sets off on a long journey to a magical, otherworldly place that he’s heard about in his grandfather’s stories.  Each of the Fan brothers’ books is wondrous but this one is exceptionally so.  The thing I love about their work is that you forget—you forget where you are or what was going on the minute before you opened the book.  And Ocean Meets Sky is no exception—it’s immersive, captivating and incomprehensibly gorgeous.  And if any book has the power to make you feel like a kid again, this one does.  Don’t miss it when it comes out May 15.

Ocean Meets Sky was written and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.  It'll be out soon on May 15.


front desk

Another of our favorite middle grade books this year!

Mia Tang doesn’t lead a typical life.  She lives in a motel with her immigrant parents and manages the front desk.  Her hard-working parents have to deal with the cruel, heartless owner Mr. Yao and his unjust ways.  They take compassion on struggling immigrants by hiding them in the empty rooms of the motel, which they desperately need to keep secret from him.  Meanwhile, Mia is pressing on towards her dream of becoming a writer despite the fact that she’s still working on mastering English in school.  Her story is one of determination, taking risks, forming meaningful friendships and taking care of one’s community.  We’ve loved getting to know Mia—her tremendous heart, unwavering courage, selflessness and diligence were so inspiring and left a huge impression on us.

“I hope when children step into this story, that it opens their eyes and fills their hearts.  I hope it gives them empathy for people from all different backgrounds and walks of life.  I hope it gives them the courage to stand up to injustice when they see it.  Most of all, I hope it gives them the hope that we can get through anything, if we don’t give in to fear.” — from author Kelly Yang

Front Desk was written by Kelly Yang and published by Scholastic.  It’ll be out on May 29 and is available for pre-order now.  And, we’re giving away an ARC of Front Desk.  This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Sunday, May 6, at 11:00 PM PDT.  Head over to this Instagram post to enter.


little lit book series: family


This month’s theme for #littlelitbookseries is family and this is a beautiful tribute to immigrant mothers.

"My mom is a foreigner,

She's from another place.

She came when she was ten years old,

With only one suitcase."

Sometimes it’s difficult for the children of immigrants to understand their parents’ ways—the words they use, their accents, their expressions and terms of endearment (mon petit chou!) are foreign to them.  The foods their mothers make, the clothes they wear and the songs they sing are all different from what everyone else in the neighborhood does.  They feel they have nothing in common with their mothers.  But in the end—Mutti, Mamma, Mummy, Maman—is the most familiar person in the world to them.  Her voice, her cooking, the sound of her slippers shuffling across the kitchen floor—the thought of her and all her ways—feel unmistakably and overwhelmingly like home.

My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me was written by Julianne Moore, illustrated by Meilo So and published by Chronicle Books.

Stop by @littlelitbookseries for more books about family throughout the month and search #littlelitbookseries on Instagram to see what our friends are sharing today.


in the tree house


A story about a treehouse, the nostalgia of childhood, siblings growing up, and a sudden unexpected event that brings a boy and his older brother back together one quiet, dark summer night.

In the Tree House was written by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dusan Petricic and published by Kids Can Press.