House: First Words Board Books

House: First Words Board Books | Avery and Augustine
House: First Words Board Books | Avery and Augustine

This set of board books is another favorite of ours published this year.  It’s a mid-century modern take on early vocabulary for babies and toddlers and its five board books contain pictures of  everyday objects found all over the house.  It’s for cool kids — and their parents — and might just be another one going on our gifting list this year. For a preview of one of the books, click here and scroll right.

House: First Words Board Books was illustrated by Michael Slack and published by Chronicle Books.

A Little Book Series from Compendium + Giveaway

A Little Book Series from Compendium + Giveaway | Avery and Augustine

Out today is a new series of board books for our littlest readers and their families.  They offer bright, playful illustrations and contain key words that focus on three different areas of vocabulary: feelings, opposites and actions.  The simple layouts help children engage in joint attention as parents read the books aloud.  While reading, there are also opportunities to connect the words in the books with concrete examples from children’s own lives.  And wait — just wait! — until you get turn the pages of these books.  The texture of the covers and pages are sublime and are an experience in and of themselves.  This series was written by Ruth Austin, illustrated by Kanae Sato and published by Compendium.

We’re giving away a set of all three board books:

Happy Grumpy Loved: A Little Book of Feelings

Hide Seek, Stinky Sweet: A Little Book of Opposites

Wiggle Jump Tickle: A Little Book of Actions

This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Tuesday, June 5, at 11:59 PM PDT.  To enter, head over to this Instagram post.  While you're there, scroll right to see a preview of the interior. 


Soopsori is a collection of handmade toys that exude beauty and simplicity.  The toys are made of wood and are finished with linseed oil, making them environmentally-friendly and child-safe.

We picked up Soopsori’s Wooden Push Car and Wooden Rattle Block set at Emmo Home, a local design store.

The artist behind Soopsori is Lee Chul Soo.  According to Soopsori’s website, “Living with his wife on a small farm in rural Korea, Lee Chul Soo grows most of his own food, writes poetry, and makes his prints by hand in the traditional way.”  We love to see artists working in traditional methods.  These are well-crafted toys that will definitely be passed on to future generations in our family!