Illustrated Books Can Make Great Kid’s Gifts

Illustrated books can make wonderful gifts for kids of all ages, as illustrated maps are very original and unexpected gift for adults. Older kids can appreciate the beauty of detailed illustrations, and for the little ones a personalized story and some bright and bold pictures is sure to delight.

Revitalizing Old Stories

Illustrated books or booklets can be a good way to get reluctant readers to pay a little more attention, too. Introduce your kids to the wonders of stories such as Arabian Nights and Alice in Wonderland with illustrated versions that bring the exotic worlds and strange characters to life. Folio Books publishes some lovely versions of the old classics, in a collectible hardcover format.

A Personal Touch for Reluctant Readers

A new, independent company called Your Very Own Story makes unique stories for younger children. These custom-printed books are full of lively illustrations, and the buyer can choose the name of the hero and the hero’s friend, as well as where they live, so your child gets to be the main character in the book.

Graphic Novels

Illustrated Books for Kids as a gifts

Illustrated Books for Kids
Cory Doctorow

Illustrated books don’t have to be ‘kid’s stories’, either. Graphic novels have a universal appeal, with even jaded teenagers and mature adults appreciating the art style, and the stories. Manga can come in a range of forms – from childish romance to mature and gritty stories, and comic books cover the whole spectrum too.
Even decorated science fiction authors, such as Cory Doctorow, are getting involved with graphic novels today – and those stories are well worth introducing your teenagers too. They’re modern and something that your teens can relate to, but feature some complex morality that will be a good starting point for some important conversations – or just a starting point for getting your child to think about how their choices affect others, and how the other people on the Internet are real people – even if you can’t see them or don’t know much about them.
We rarely give the gift of books these days, and that’s a big shame. E-readers and tablet PCs have made a lot of people switch to digital downloads, but there’s a charm to holding a real book in your hands, and that’s something that the younger generation are losing out on. Why not pick a beautiful and collectible illustrated book to give as a gift to a child you know, so they have something special to pass on to the next generation?

The Art Book for Children – Review

The Art Book for Children

The Art Book for Children

The Art Book for Children is a hard-backed book published by Phaidon. The book is an A to Z guide that covers thirty of the most interesting and important artists from throughout history. The book is a great introduction to the world of art and is suitable for children of all ages.
Among the artists included in the book are Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Warhol, Turner and Velazquez. The book covers everything from the Mona Lisa to the American gothic. The authors selected works of art that they believed were historically significant, but would also be appealing to children. In addition to historic artists, a couple of more recent ones such as Donald Judd and Cindy Sherman have also been included.
By Ilya Esaulov

By Ilya Esaulov

The book is aimed at children aged seven or older, and includes the work of painters, sculptors, engravers and even photographers. The book tries to remain age appropriate whilst still challenging readers to think about what art is, and how art can be expressed in different ways to evoke a response from the viewer.
Throughout the book are suggestions for various activities for the reader to try so that they can learn what it is like to work with different materials and to explore different styles. The activities usually require only basic materials and can be done at home. Readers also learn about the history of the artists and the time that they lived in, as well as what inspired them to create the works included in the book. Btw the same regarding cartoons illustration and illustrated maps.
While the book is aimed at older primary school children, the topics covered in the book are appropriate for a wide range of age groups and older children that appreciate art may still enjoy the title. Families will enjoy sitting down together and discussing the questions raised in each section.