The Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount – Children’s Books

As I’ve said before, the bedtime storytime routine is a very important one.  There are so many special memories and moments created while reading to your kids.  And of course, there are books that stand out for whatever reason: it may be your child’s favorite, or it might trigger a memory of your child at a certain age, or because it’s one your parents read to you when you were growing up.

Children’s books are impactful and they should be remembered.  That’s why I so love the idea behind the “Ideal Bookshelf” by Jane Mount.  Simply put, Jane Mount paints people’s ideal bookshelves.  You can choose your favorite books (any type of book, but I think children’s books would be the most fun!), and she will paint your own personalized ideal bookshelf.  She also has several prints already completed of classic children’s books you can purchase at very reasonable prices.

As I’m writing this it just struck me…this would be the perfect baby shower gift from a parent to their child.  What a cool way to pass on storytime traditions and memories.

Book Review: Orla Kiely’s Colours and Numbers

Image Courtesy of Mirror Mirror

I’ve always been a fan of Orla Kiely prints and stationery, so you can imagine my excitement when I found these baby books!  These cloth-bound books are not only visually appealing to baby, but also for parents.  Some of their most popular prints have been re-worked for their Numbers and Colours books for babies.  These beginner baby books make wonderful gifts, and would be a great addition to any child’s book collection.  Orla Kiely’s Numbers and Colours also double as super-stylish room accessories- perfect for diplaying on bookshelves and nightstands.

Old Storybooks Turned Placemats

I found this idea in Real Simple Magazine.  What a great way to repurpose those old, worn children’s books that have seen better days.  This is an easy DIY project about anyone can do.  All you have to do is put the storybook pages between lamination sheets (you can buy these at any office supply store).  Or you could take them to Kinko’s and have them laminated too 🙂

Newborn Photography Using Children’s Books

Isn’t this such a cute idea for newborn photos?  Newborn photography has really evolved over the past few years – and I just love this image taken by JordanQuinn Photography of baby sleeping atop a stack of classic children’s books.  If you are expecting a baby and live in the Chicago area, be sure to check them out for your newborn session.

Featured Author: Jennifer Adams

Loving these new BabyLit board books by author Jennifer Adams.  Just take a look at the titles – Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Alice In Wonderland, and Jane Eyre…classics adults love turned into visual masterpieces for your baby.   Finally books both babies and parents can enjoy!

To give you an idea of what to expect, an excerpt from Romeo & Juliet, which Parents Magazine named one of the 20 best children’s books of 2011:

1 Balcony

2 Loves

3 People Meet

4 Roses {followed on the opposite page by the Shakespeare quote “that which we call a rose …”}

Illustrated by Allison Oliver, using bold, bright color tones and high contrast images, these books are perfect for captivating the attention of babies and young toddlers.  You can see the spreads from Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland over at Allison Oliver’s blog and the spreads for Romeo & Juliet and Pride & Prejudice in another of her posts.  I think this idea is genius – similar to the idea behind the Rockabye Baby! – lullaby renditions of our favorite rock bands.  I think this is a new trend everyone – and a good one. 

Train Wall Decals Turned Floating Bookshelves!

If all your little one can say is “choo choo!”, then you will love these Train Floating bookshelves!  I found this idea on Wee Decor’s blog…some moms are just so creative!  What a great way to inspire little boys to read.  If you want to get this look for your children’s reading space just follow these steps:

1) Paint the background wall the color of your choice (shown in Pale Daffodil by Behr).

2) Purchase 3 of the Straight & Narrow Book Ledge shelves in espresso from the Land of Nod.

3) Purchase 3 sets of the Classic Train Engine Wall Decals in pale blue from Wee Decor.  You will also need 3 sets of the Classic Train Caboose Wall Decals in pale blue.

4)  Hang your bookshelves first.  Use the wheels from the extra train cars underneath each bookshelf as shown.

5)  Finish the look by adding the tracks, train engine, caboose and clouds! 

Book Review: Eric Carle’s 1 2 3

Eric Carle ranks high on my list of favorite children’s authors – not only for his writing, but mostly for his vibrant illustrations.  Perfect for teaching number, color, and animal concepts, Eric Carle’s 1 2 3, helps little readers count to ten as more animals join the group.  Each page has the corresponding number of dots and animals to help your children learn to count.  There is even a pull out “flip book” at the end to practice counting from 1-10 (which by the way my daughter has already torn out!).  However, we still like this book and read it often at bedtime.  I also like that it’s padded on the outside, which makes it perfect for babies and young toddlers.