Books of the month!


Slime 101: How to Make Stretchy, Fluffy, Glittery & Colorful Slime!

Slime flies when you’re having fun! It’s time for kids to grab their partners in slime and have a goo-reat time. Easy instructions and helpful color photos show how to create glitter, glow-in-the-dark, bubble, neon, chalkboard, stress ball, metallic, and other types of slime. All that’s needed are ordinary household items like glue, food coloring, and liquid starch. The book even includes a bonus recipe for oobleck inspired by Dr. Seuss! It’s perfect for parties, sleepovers, and any other time boys and girls ages 7 to 12 feel the need to get slimey! Adult supervision suggested.

Price: $6.59. Available from Dover Publications.

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Have you ever wanted to achieve something so much that you were willing to dedicate yourself to a project for months on end? That’s what Benji does in BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis Publishing; October 2017) by bestselling author Alan C. Fox with illustrations by Eefje Kuijl.

It all begins when Benji plants squash seeds he saved from the summer before in the back of the garden.  He carefully waters them, but for awhile, nothing happens. Then suddenly one day, tiny sprouts start pushing through the soil and Benji begins to see his hard work pay off. When the gigantic banana squash is ready to be harvested, Benji’s dad weighs the vegetable – twenty-four pounds! – and takes a picture of Benji with it. But the best part comes when Benji’s mom cooks the squash with butter and brown sugar, so everyone in the family can gather and enjoy a delicious feast.

This truly is a delightful story that will teach children about love, patience, and perseverance! I highly recommend!

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Best-selling Artist Creates Empowering Messages for Young Girls!

Jess Volinski’s coloring book Amazing Me is an inspiring and empowering book that is designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young girls.

Jess Volinski was recently featured on Fox Good Day where she explained how she created this series for her daughter, after realizing a hole in the adult coloring book marketplace. She wanted to make a coloring book for her young daughter that would encourage her creativity while also boosting her self-esteem at the same time. Check out the interview here:

Notebook Doodles Amazing Me provides a fun and interactive coloring diary for tweens to keep about themselves. Empowering art activities from talented artist Jess Volinski are designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young girls. Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift. This book has earned the DO Magazine Artist Fair Trade Seal of Approval.

Connect with Jess Volinski on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and at

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Stick it to ‘Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies

Author: Bailey Fleming

Publisher: Walter Foster

$19.95 US / $25.95 CAN


Stick it to ‘Em is your invitation to play as you create customized stickers with sass! With just a hint of silly irreverence, this guide includes a list of colorful art tools in addition to easy drawing and lettering techniques and step-by-step tutorials, all designed to get your cheeky creativity flowing. You’ll then be treated to more than 35 pages of stickers, including a selection of fully designed styles to use any way you like, a variety of stickers to color in, and blank stickers to create your own. Filled with tons of puns, wit, and wisecracks, Stick it to ‘Em is your answer to getting through each day with humor and fun.

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Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets

Author: Abbey Sy

Publisher: Rockport Publishers

$22.99 US / $29.99 CAN

Hand Lettering A to Z is a fun, hands-on book in which artist and calligrapher Abbey Sy presents her creative lettering and invites artists from several countries to contribute alphabets of their own–all unique, all hand drawn. Each alphabet is paired with a collection of phrases to show readers different ways to use the lettering and have fun with it in different languages, including French, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Portuguese, and more. Readers can use the phrases when making cards, gifts, or embellishing their journals. And unlike calligraphy, hand lettering does not require disciplined study. Hand-drawn lettering is meant to be personal and original, so even beginners can dive in!

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The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms

Author: Olivia A Kneibler

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN

Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more.


Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share

Author: Lacy Mucklow and Bethany Robertson

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

$12.99 US / $16.99 CAN

This full-color art journal for moms and kids to color and draw together in is designed to be a sharing experience. Mom and child can write each other letters, draw what scares them, imagine what they want to be when they are grown up, color a scene using only one favorite color, whatever their imaginations lead them to!

Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share is filled with fun hand-lettering and artwork from Bethany Robertson along with creative prompts from licensed art therapist Lacy Mucklow. Mucklow offers up the best ways to communicate with a child through creating together; how to start an open conversation with your child; questions you can ask that will help generate thoughtful responses; and how to tailor the quality time so it’s still fun and engaging for your child.

I really love this one! I think every Mom needs to have this one!

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