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Enormous, Amazingly Detailed Mouse House

Inspired by the Brambly Hedge series of children’s books, Maddie Chambers made this house for its murine characters. This picture doesn’t do it justice; every item in every room is perfectly crafted in miniaturized detail. You can view more photos at the link. Link -via Craft

Your All-Time Favorite Children’s Books

1. Whether or not you have kids, you were one at some point. Can I get your help compiling a list of the best children’s books? There must be some parents out there looking for reading material. 2. What is the most underrated city you’ve visited or lived in? 3. If you had to be roommates with [...]

Edward Gorey’s The Black Doll

Edward Gorey’s The Black Doll - $44.95 Edward Gorey fans will be excited to learn that a small number of the highly collectible limited edition Edward Gorey’s The Black Doll are now available at the NeatoShop. A life-long friend of Edward Gorey’s made The Black Doll for him in 1942.  Gorey visited her while she was [...]

The Secret to Classic Children’s Books

What do Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, and Shel Silverstein have in common? Yes, they all wrote bestselling children’s stories and they all have new books coming out soon, but the secret to their success is that their writing was once considered inappropriate for children! Once upon a more staid time, the purpose of children’s books was [...]

National Bathroom Reading Month Sweepstakes

Did you know that June is National Bathroom Reading Month? Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is celebrating by holding a contest called the “Power Bowl,” where you can win up to $2,500 to remodel your bathroom “reading room”! The exact prize will depend on how many people enter. LEVEL 1: Greenbacks for towel racks 100 Entries = 10 [...]

If Science Fiction Writers Did Children’s Books

College Humor has a collection of science fiction stories done up as children’s books. I liked Goodnight Dune the best, but you really need to see Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Who. Link -via mental_floss

Strange books for small children

I remember my favorite books from when I was a kid, and none of them covered such wide-ranging topics as these.  See some of the strangest, funniest, and most disturbing children’s books ever. I remember reading The House That Jack Built. I loved it. This book takes that same rhyming style and turns it into a ghetto-fabulous tale [...]

Beautiful Illustrations from Soviet Children’s Books

The artblog A Journey Around My Skull has a compilation of unusual and surreal illustrations from children’s books of the Soviet Union. This image is from the 1989 book Hello, I’m A Robot Stanislav Zigunenko and illustrated by E. Benyaminson. At the link, you’ll see the first post in a series about such illustrations. Link via [...]

Iranian Kid’s Books

In a three-part post. you’ll see dozens of beautiful illustrations from Iranian children’s books of the past few decades. These works of art were gleaned from the International Children’s Digital Library. The illustration pictured is by Mohammadrezaa Daadgar from the book As the Sparrow Says by Qeysar Aminpour. Link (links to the other posts are [...]

Unconventional Children’s Books

Kids Crave has a list of eight children’s books that range from offbeat to weird to extremely specialized, including It’s Just Another Plant: A Children’s Story of Marijuana and It Hurts When I Poop. Pictured above is a book that will help parents when kids ask the most difficult of questions: “Why is there a [...]