Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design + Life / Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018

Artful board books for babies

Artful board books for babies

I thought reading books to a newborn would be a little premature, but I’ve been shocked at how much attention Baby J pays to each and every page I show him. He looks intently–maybe it’s because he really doesn’t have much choice in the matter. Ha! While I’ve been “reading” him these books, I’m astonished at cleverly written and illustrated they are. There’s a lot you can pack into one cardboard page! I’ve found quite a number of really beautiful, clever, and artful books for baby and I thought you might be interested in them too. There are some goodies here!

The round up includes books written by famous artists, illustrated by famous artists, or a focus on explaining about famous artist and art in general. Do you have any to add to the list? Please add in the comments!

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

April 2018 Book Club: The Language of Flowers

In Victorian times, flowers had romantic meanings and a language all their own: dahlia – dignity; lily – majesty; begonia – caution! The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about a girl whose lifelong distrust and detachment from others left her with her beloved flowers as her only way to communicate. This story is about trust, love, redemption, and finding marvelous, unknown gifts you didn’t know you had. (And learning about flowers? What could be better for this spring season?!) Join us as we read and discuss The Language of Flowers on Instagram @larsbookclub! Stay tuned throughout the month, readers! We’ll have discussion questions and amazing artwork for you. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

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Book Club + Design + Life / Friday, 16 Mar 2018

March Book Club Art

March Book Club Art

We’re halfway through March, readers! How are you liking Broad Strokes?? Are you impressed by these incredible women as much as I am? They accomplished some incredible feats. We’ve got some discussion questions for you below, as well as some fabulous printable artwork for you, illustrated this month by Kate Zaremba (you may remember the New Year’s Eve crowns we partnered on years ago!), who runs a design company with clever patterns for the home.

When I was thinking of illustrators to pair for this book I immediately thought of Kathryn. We first met in NYC when she worked for Jonathan Adler and I was interning there and then we reconnected at graduate school in DC. She’s an uber creative go-getter who shines bright light wherever she goes. Her whimsical work is clever and enchanting and makes you think. Lately, her work has been focus on themes of women empowerment so you can imagine why I thought of her! Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with her next week, in which I hope she reveals that she played Michelle Tanner’s best friend on Full House or payed Annie on Broadway back in the day 😉 And if not, now you know! Ha! You’re welcome, Kathryn! Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

March 2018 Book Club: Broad Strokes

March 2018 Book Club

March 2018 Book Club

It’s time for the reveal of the March 2018 Book Club Book! “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” said author Virginia Woolf. And not just in literature, but the arts as well. Did you know March is National Women’s History month? We are diving right into women in art with the book Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn. Isn’t that a great title?? As an art history student in New York, Quinn came across female artists she’d either never heard of or couldn’t find any information about. She searched and researched thoroughly, putting this book together about 15 incredible, talented women who are frequently glossed over or were looked down upon in their day. We’re excited to share their stories with you! Follow along @larsbookclub and stay tuned for some awesome printable artwork later this month. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018

February 2018 Book Club Art

February 2018 Book Club Art

Any fans of the Olympics out there?? It truly is wonderful to watch the world come together in the form of athletic competition, isn’t it? In light of this special month, we chose Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid, even though its ending is not what you’d expect – at least, certainly not what you’re hoping for. Although Samia worked tirelessly to overcome so many hardships as a young woman and athlete, there were still circumstances in the world to thwart her efforts. For those of you who have not finished yet, I’d rather not spill the beans, but keep reading! Here are some questions to think about, and further reading suggestions. Is there an Olympic story YOU have read and loved? Please share! Make sure to print off the book art done by Amelia Giller! February 2018 Book Club Art

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