children’s illustrators

International Children’s Book Day

“Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.”

International Board on Books for Young People 

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If you’d like to celebrate with one of our children’s book t-shirts, visit www.Wonder-Shirts.com. 

April is School Library Month

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs.

On Twitter look for the hashtag #SLM14 to talk with other people who are advocating for the importance of school libraries this April.

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Watch this sweet video with kids talking about what their school library means to them…

Perhaps you’d like to wear one of our children’s book t-shirts while you celebrate School Library Month. Check them out at www.WonderShirts.com. 

 

So Many Books; So Little Time

Happy first day of April! It’s April Fools Day, but we’re going to ignore that. People who love to read and promote literacy are no fools. Today we’re going to focus on celebrating T-Shirt Tuesday by sharing with you our top 3 tips for making time to read aloud. We know you’re very busy and time feels in such short supply.

1) Start Small

Fifteen minutes a day is enough to make a difference. 

2) Make it A Habit

If it becomes automatic it will feel less like something you have to deliberately schedule time for. 

3) Read Everywhere

Look for time to read aloud with children during all of the spare moments in the day, no matter where you are. Even in the car you can make a game of encouraging children to practice reading whatever they see. Keep small books handy for waiting rooms and other transition times. 

Let us know what you think of our suggestions. Are these tips you use? What other ideas can you suggest?

If you want to wear our “So Many Books; So Little Time” children’s book t-shirt, or give it to a little person in your life as a fun reminder to make reading a priority, visit our website.

www.Wonder-Shirts.com

 

 

What Makes Children Feel Motivated to Read?

It’s Motivation Monday. Today we’re thinking about what motivates children to read.

 

Research shows that children who think they are good at reading feel more motivated to read.

This video discusses additional factors involved in reading motivation:

One of the tips for encouraging children to feel motivated to read is to reward them with reading related rewards. May we humbly suggest using our t-shirts as a reward? Check them out at www.Wonder-Shirts.com. 

 

From your experience with helping children love to read, what has worked well for you?

 

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.