Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design / Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016

Lars Book Club: September

alphabetical-by-michael-rosenIt’s that time, folks! We’re shopping for school supplies, packing lunches and backpacks, and the leaves are beginning to show off their colors! While we’re in the “back to school” mode, we thought we’d learn something new along with the kids. Have you ever wondered how our alphabet evolved into what it is now?? Why and how were those 26 letters chosen to represent sounds, then combined to form words? In Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story, Michael Rosen gives the reader the history of each letter, its pronunciation, what sound it represented, and how it was written – starting with the ancient Phoenicians up to the present, where the alphabet is changing every day due to technology and texting. The stories and facts presented with each letter and chapter are fascinating and Rosen’s jokes and word games will leave you chuckling. The evolution of the English-language alphabet (something we use every day yet never stop to think about) is truly mind-boggling! Enjoy!

We’ll be checking in with another free printable quote and bookmark with another fabulous guest illustrator, along with some discussion questions, so check in soon!

Get Alphabetical here 

by Julie Richardson  |  Photo by Anna Killian  |  Styled by Brittany Jepsen for The House That Lars Built 

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Book Club + illustration / Monday, 22 Aug 2016

Lars Book Club: August

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

We hope you’ve loved reading about Drew Barrymore and her life experiences in this month’s Book Club book, Wildflower. Her love of life is apparent and her refreshing, candid way of connecting with you as a reader almost makes it feel like you’re having a conversation with her. Am I right?? Here are a few questions to consider as you finish up Wildflower, plus some further reading suggestions and a printable quote and booksmarks from the book from this month’s guest illustrator, Danielle Kroll.

Drew Barrymore Wildflower printable quote

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Book Club + Life / Monday, 1 Aug 2016

Lars Book Club: August

Wildflower by Drew BarrymoreWe had a ball reading the biography of Frida Kahlo last month and this month we’re reading a fellow flower-loving friend. 

Many of us know her as the six-year-old, pig-tailed girl who starred in E.T., or Adam Sandler’s lovely sidekick in later movies – we’re talking about none other than the adorable Drew Barrymore. Drew’s unconventional childhood and emancipation as an adult at age 14 led her down a path toward many amazing experiences, friendships, and ultimately a successful career. Her own accounts of her life are witty, short and sweet, and full of her humble, self-deprecating humor and love of life. In Wildflower, Drew shares with us the lessons she’s learned and hard-won wisdom she’s gained throughout her life, and more especially now as a mother. So grab Wildflower and read along! It’s a fun, light read, perfect for your last summer days at the pool or evening picnics! Follow along on Instagram @larsbookclub and tag your own photos with #larsbookclub.

Pick up Wildflower by Drew Barrymore here

Photo by Anna Killian  |  Lars Book Club is run by Julie Richardson

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Book Club + Life + printable / Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

Lars Book Club check-in: Frida Kahlo printable & bookmark

Frida Kahlo quote printable

We all know Frida as a pop icon, but it’s so fascinating to read about her life’s history through her biography by Hayden Herrera, Frida Kahlo, for this month’s book club selection. Even knowing how she got into painting is so fascinating. I still have a ways to go before I’m done, but I thought I’d pipe in with some encouragement to start. And! Even more encouragement is a free printable illustrative quote and bookmark by this month’s guest illustrator, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

Lars Book Club moderator, Julie Richardson, has created some questions to get you thinking about the book. Feel free to comment in the comments section about your thoughts about the book and her life as well as over on the Instagram account.

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016

Lars Book Club: July

Frida Kahlo biography

Have you been enjoying the Lars Book Club so far? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Do you like the book choices? Have any requests? Last month we read Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work and we will discuss it after the jump. Today we announce the book selection for July. The Lars Book Club is conducted by Julie Richardson. Add to the conversation and follow along for more inspirational quotes and discussion topics on our the @LarsBookClub Instagram account.

July 6th marks 109 years since the birth of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most celebrated and unique artists. Her personality and aura were described as mysterious and magnetic, with her piercing, direct gaze, and a fire or passion that came from within. I knew little about Frida before deciding to feature her in our Lars Book Club, and am now fascinated! What a unique, driven, intense woman, who suffered much pain and hardship, and recorded all of that on canvas. Frida also had a very tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, another revered Mexican painter. Learn more about Frida, her life, and her very personal works of art this month as we read Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (the cover of the one we got is different than the one on Amazon. Don’t fret 🙂

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