— Noted.


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Images from ampersandgallerypdx.com

Love these wax pastel drawings by Christoph Ruckhäberle for the first book in a series themed on patterns for Ampersand Editions. Ampersand is selling a deluxe version of the book, which includes an original of one of the drawings.


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From Herb Lester Associates, three little phrase books, sized to fit in the credit card slit in your wallet. Available at shop.herblester.com or on amazon.



“If I was born to do something it was to design book jackets.”
from an interview with Print Magazine

Paul Bacon, a pioneer in book cover design, passed away this week. His obituary here.


From the London based artist Ben West’s website:
If the internet goes off, you may need this reference book Felix [Heyes] and I made. It contains the first Google Image for every word in the dictionary.



From Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty, photography by Jonathan Lovekin

I feel a little sad that I just tried this recipe, mostly because I regret all the past weekends that did not include this. It’s easy, and warmly comforting. It’s essentially baked eggs with arugula, and a topping of yogurt and hot oil. (Pro tip: why do I always forget that sautéed arugula reduces by an unbelievable amount? Remember to have more arugula than you think is necessary on hand.)

I have to say, every recipe I’ve made from Ottolenghi’s Plenty has nearly converted me to becoming vegetarian.

Recipe here: Baked Eggs with Yoghurt and Chili



Looking forward to this career retrospective of Tomi Ungerer at the Drawing Center, Jan 16 – Mar 22.


On my netflix to-do list is watching this movie:

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.


Need an intro to Ungerer? Try this interview with Teri Gross.

This quote by Maurice Sendak on Tomi Ungerer captures why:

“I’m proud of the fact that we helped change the scene in America so that children were dealt with like the intelligent little animals we know they are.”


And, this. Kitty-Shaped Kindergarten, which he references in his interview, was designed by Ungerer with architect Ayla Suzan Yöndel. A building where kids walk into the kitty’s mouth and there is a slide in the back for the tail.

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Photos by Adriano A.Biondo, for milkmagazine.net


There are so many brilliant children’s illustrated books out right now. It’s so nice to see that the market is going as strong as ever. Here are a few that make me so very happy.


Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag, by Maira Kalman:
















A quilted and embroidered Mamluk cap, Egypt, late 13th or early 14th century.(Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Photo by Andrew Garn © Smithsonian Institution)







Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters, by Oliver Jeffers:




















I was really lucky to be able to visit Oliver Jeffers’ studio when this was a work in progress and I saw the book in sketch form. An interview with NPR here about his process, and also there’s this.



Almost Everything, by Joelle Jolivet:
















Maps, by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski:


















(The above two books especially perfect for sparking wanderlust in your little ones.)



The River, by Alessandro Sanna

















And finally, The New York Times just wrote a review on these photography-inspired picture books. I usually reserve any buying until I see picture books in person to know they’re worth owning, but I can’t resist trusting these are going to be worth the keeping.


This Equals That, by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin





While doing some research for work that involves the use of vintage images, I stumbled on this etsy shop that sells original prints from old books. The idea of a beautiful old book being cut up makes me sad, but I couldn’t resist paging through the entire shop. I ended up buying these three, and I have to admit I’m happy that they’ll be beaming boldly on my walls, vs being closed up on the shelf.






I thought this was a photo. It is not. What is it? It’s my neighborhood bookstore, located at 163 Court Street. I have spent many hours inside this place. It is in the same category as manatees, endangered and a little bit mystical but very real. I could be that girl, standing out front.

See more drawings of “The Endangered Bookstores of New York” by Bob Eckstein at The New Yorker.


Lovely simple animations by Brian Rea and Pablo Delcán for Peter Mendelsund‘s book, What We See When We Read:

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

Also, curious about this book “Cover” by Peter Mendelsund. (Pun intended?)