by Ross Montgomery (2016) The boy's grandma was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old building materials. Unwilling to accept she has gone, the boy builds a giant structure from the bricks and girders he finds. And then ... Grandma comes to life! The boy is whisked away on an epic adventure across fields, through oceans and atop roofs. But where is Grandma taking him?
“When drawing a tree, always remember that every branch is more slender than the one that came before. Also note that the trunk splits into two branches, then those branches split in two, then those in two, and so on, and so on, until you have a full tree, be it straight, squiggly, curved up, curved down, or bent sideways by the wind.”
“When drawing the sun, try to have on hand colored paper, chalk, felt-tip markers, crayons, pencils, ballpoint pens―you can draw a sun with any one of them. Also remember that sunset and dawn are the back and front of the same phenomenon: when we are looking at the sunset, the people over there are looking at the dawn.”
by Bruno Munari (1976) Using examples from ancient Greece and Egypt, as well as works by Buckminster Fuller, Le Corbusier, and Alvar Aalto, Munari invests the three shapes with specific qualities: the circle relates to the divine, the square signifies safety and enclosure, and the triangle provides a key connective form for designers.
by Bruno Munari (1960) ABC is an alphabet book written and designed by Bruno Munari in 1960 with his characteristic, colourful humour. Originally conceived for the United States, it has become a simple and entertaining English lesson for Italian children and adults.
by Danielle Willkens Associate AIA FRSA LEED AP BD+C (2021) Architecture is a fascinating, diverse field that blends technology, creativity, engineering, and even psychology. Delve into the world of architecture, learn about recent innovations in sustainability and inclusivity, and uncover the details behind real architectural projects.
by Lora Teagarden (2020) This alphabet book teaches concepts of architecture and design through materials, buildings, and shapes - all while learning your ABCs! Each letter is taught through a main lesson page and a secondary page where the child can see, learn, and find more of the letter being learned. Here's to all of the little future architects learning their letters and words!Go to link
by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen (2014) Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . With this first tale in a trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes.
by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen (2014) This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square's friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really?
by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen (2014) This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.
by Issa Watanabe (2020) This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, A silent, sophisticated picture book that speaks volumes. Through her story, Peruvian artist Issa Watanabe replaces words with powerful, strikingly colourful graphics that shed light on a timely, global issue: migration.Go to link
by Ji-Hyeon Lee (2015) What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Deceptively simple, this masterful book tells a story of quiet moments and surprising encounters, and reminds us that friendship and imagination have no bounds.
by Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston (2016) Woven together by a simple story line, the one-of-a-kind illustrations in a A Child of Books provide an unforgettable reading experience that will inspire and encourage readers of all ages to explore, question, and imagine timeless stories of their own.
by B.J. Novak (2014) At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.
by Hervé Tullet (2013) There's a noise in the garden. Who could that be? Creatures hidden in the bushes? A lost wolf? Let's go and see! In the dark, grab a torch and help amazing and mysterious shadows come to life.
by Hervé Tullet (2015) A brightly colored graphic game that introduces little ones to the wonderful world of lines. There are dozens of combinations to be made in this mix and match book.
by Hervé Tullet (2015) What do you get when you overlap a triangle with a square or a circle with a star? Watch the wonder unfold as infants and toddlers touch, feel and explore this captivating, colorful, tactile book.
by Coralie Bickford-Smith (2015) Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, The Fox and the Star is a heartwarming, hopeful tale which comes alive through Bickford-Smith’s beloved illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to “look up beyond your ears.”
by Patrick Concepcion and Traci Concepcion (2014) Alphabetics reinforces the ABCs with retro-modern, topical illustrations and situations that will delight design geeks and families alike. Complete with a glossary, Alphabetics's rich wordplay promises to add a fancy word to even the most sophisticated palates.
by Fredun Shapur (1965) A circle and a square play together to create an entire imaginary world. This book, written and illustrated in 1965 by British designer Fredun Shapur, is an introduction to the possibilities of visual expression and will delight young readers with its magical shapes and colors.
by M.H. Clark, Madeline Kloepper (Illustrator) (2018) Open your eyes and see the wonderful things all around. This is the story of a child and a grandfather whose walk around the neighborhood leads to a day of shared wonder as they discover all sorts of tiny, perfect things together.
by Kobi Yamada, Gabriella Barouch (Illustrations) (2019) Kobi Yamada has written a story about the unbound potential you hold inside. With striking, realistic illustrations, it's a reminder that you were meant for incredible things. And maybe, just maybe, you will exceed your wildest dreams.
by Madalena Moniz (2017) Today I Feel . . . follows a child through a whole range of emotions, from adored to curious to strong. Not all of the emotions are positive and not all of them are simple, but they are all honest and worthy of discussion with a young child.
by Bobby George, June George (2017) Stripes, polka dots, plaid, chevron, and more are featured in this first-ever patterns concept book that provides readers with the vocabulary to name what they see in the world around them.
by Ellsworth Kelly (2018) Ellsworth Kelly's paintings and sculptures take center stage in this creative visual presentation of opposites. Playfully written and created in partnership with the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, this unique and stylish concept book marks the fifth title in the First Concepts with Fine Artists series.
by Laurent Moreau (2013) Whether after the rain, after an argument or after a walk in the forest and whether it's a little hassle, a physical state or merely a memory, Laurent Moreau again delicately explores the strong sensations of childhood that even the adult has sometimes forgotten.
by Fausto Gilberti (2020) Yayoi Kusama creates mirrored rooms and fills them with glittering balls and lights, until there is an infinity of dots - just like in her paintings. Fausto Gilberti brings movement, life, and whimsy to the true life story of one of the most important contemporary Japanese artists of our time.
by Fausto Gilberti (2019) Pollock’s story is told here with wit and eccentricity, perfectly paired with black-line illustrations – and splatters galore. Fausto Gilberti brings movement, life, and whimsy to the true life story of one of the most important contemporary artists of our time.
by Fausto Gilberti (2019) Artist Yves Klein always thought about how he could surprise his audience. One day, he decided that he would only paint in one color - blue. Fausto Gilberti brings movement, life, and whimsy to the true life story of one of the most important modern French artists of our time.
by Leo Lionni (1959) Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can't find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?