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Does it Sound Like Chocolate?

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Do you love to read to your children? Do you enjoy a good children’s book t-shirt? Do you have children in your life who would enjoy seeing their favorite children’s book characters on their t-shirt? Then you might enjoy checking out our website…

www.Wonder-Shirts.com

 

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Book Buddies at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Look at this adorable photo of two Book Buddies wearing our Mo Willems t-shirt designs with Elephant and Piggie reading a book, and The Pigeon reading a book. Everyone is reading!

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On Valentine’s Day we wrote about the Book Buddies program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

We sent them ten of our Wonder-Shirts t-shirts with illustrations from well known children’s book illustrators on them. They are using the t-shirts to give as prizes to the young people who are reading to cats in the shelter. They posted a photo about it on Facebook at it got 189 likes and 5 shares!

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The Book Buddies program has gone viral on the internet and talked about in the mainstream media. It was even featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. 

We love books and we love cats so the Book Buddies program makes us smile. Speaking of cats, it’s Caturday today!

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Happy Caturday! It’s time to do our Cat Aerobics…purr and stretch and meow and reach…lift those tails high in the air…now roll over and roll over and roll over. Good job! Now you are as limber and lithe as a cat!

This is one of our Edward Gorey t-shirts. Edward Gorey is a famous illustrator who still has an avid following today. He illustrated many children’s books with his unique and captivating drawings.

You can find the shirts pictured in this post at our website. Come pay us a visit at www.wonder-shirts.com. 

 

Books, Babies, Bows, & T-Shirts!

In February we discovered a wonderful blog called, “Books, Babies, and Bows.” The author is a mom named Jenny who writes to promote early childhood reading.

Here’s a photo of Jenny wearing our Skippyjon Jones t-shirt.

We were very impressed with Jenny and her passion for reading, and she was very excited to discover us and our t-shirts!

To support her in her literacy promotion efforts, we sent her three t-shirts of her choosing. Her two-year-old daughter “J” wanted our Elephant & Piggie t-shirt.

 

Her seven-year-old daughter “M” wanted Mo Willems’ pigeon “Driven to Read” t-shirt.

 

And as you saw in the first photo, Jenny chose our Skippyjon Jones “I Can Read You Like A Book Dude” t-shirt. 

Jenny says, “Little J smiles every time she sees the t-shirt and makes the connection that the characters on her shirt are the same as the characters in her books.”

 

Jenny writes beautifully out of pure love for her subject matter. Click through to read the following blog posts from “Books, Babies, and Bows.” 

Taking Vacation Time to Read Aloud

A Wonder Day Wearing Wonder-Shirts

Do you have a blog that promotes reading to children and helping children love to read? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to see what you’re writing!

 

From Kidstamps to Wonder-Shirts: All For the Love of Books

Larry spent his life around books. From haunting libraries as a child and young adult to being an English major in college to getting an MLS and being a school librarian and public library administrator.

In the late 1970s, when his kids were very young, he tried to remember the toys he had played with “way back when” and the only thing that came to mind was a set of circus-themed rubber stamps that he played with constantly.

At the time, Larry was employed by a large public library system to review children’s and young adult books. He came up with the idea of having prominent children’s illustrators create rubber stamps that librarians, teachers, and parents could use to promote reading with kids.

He called the company Kidstamps and issued the first catalog in 1981. From that germ of an idea he and his team built a company that eventually employed more than thirty people and produced rubber stamps, t-shirts, paper bookplates, and mugs, but all using the same idea: employing (at that point) more than eighty of the world’s best illustrators for children, including such big names as Maurice Sendak,  to create products that instilled a love of reading in kids.

In 2002 he gave Kidstamps to his employees, and he retained the t-shirts and apparel product lines. He re-branded as Wonder-Shirts. It was a much smaller company and one that he could handle by himself with one other employee. It stayed that way until he sold it to Wonder-Shirt’s current owners in 2012.

Can you relate to any aspects of Larry’s story? Let us know in the comments. Now you know a little bit more of our story. We’d love to hear more of your story too.