Favorite Holiday Children's Books



Looking for the perfect gift for your or your friends/family's little ones? You cannot go wrong with a classic holiday children's book. Pack 'em up with the ornaments and bring them out each year for a truly special read! Here are a few of our favorites that you might want to check out at your local bookstore or library. Merry, merry!

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards The Twelve Terrors of Christmas
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike, illustrated by Edward Gorey. Long out of print, this one is back on shelves at Barnes & Noble! With words by wordsmith John Updike, and wonderful (and creepy!) illustrations by Edward Gorey, this is the perfect read for the unconventional.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards The Polar Express
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Forever the classic, this book won the Caldecott medal in 1986. Definitely opt for this book over the movie--but enjoy both!

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards The Night Before Christmas with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
Leonard Weisgard's The Night Before Christmas. One of our dear favorites, this classic with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard belongs in everyone's holiday collection. Originally printed in 1949, the illustrations are deliberate and oh-so-perfect. Just lovely!

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards Santa Through the Window
Santa Through the Window by Taro Gomi. Forget the chimney--in this one, Santa just tosses the gifts right through the window! Illustrated by Japanese artist, Taro Gomi of Everyone Poops fame, don't miss this silly sweetness.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Another one you probably recognize, learn how the Grinch's heart grew three sizes on that Christmas day. (Poor Max, the reindeer dog).

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban. Also a Jim Henson feature film (one of his first!), this one tells the story of Emmet and his Ma, who both try to make Christmas super special for one another under bleak circumstances on the river. The perfect story about what the holidays truly embody.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa. Another Night Before Christmas? Yes! We couldn't miss this one. With illustrations by classic artist, Gyo Fujikawa, you'll have sugar plums dancing your head for days after a quick glance.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards Dream Snow by Eric Carle
Dream Snow by Eric Carle. You just can't lose with Eric Carle. This one tells the story of a Santa-like farmer and a day of heavy snow. Perfect, bright and colorful illustrations!

Favorite Holiday Children's Books List by @redcapcards The Sweet Smell of Christmas
The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry, illustrated by J.P. Miller. This one's a scratch-and-sniff delight, for all you children of the 80s! Gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, and the piney Christmas tree: trust us when we tell you that the "sniff" does not wear off, even after almost thirty years!

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Hal's Holiday Cocktail: Rhubarb Winter



Did you know that Hal is quite the exuberant mixologist? Not just in the masterful ways of Black Coffee, but in boozey concoctions as well! Clink glasses with us and let Hal help you warm up your holiday with the perfect cocktail recipe below. This one's called the Rhubarb Winter and just one sip will most definitely not satisfy--you'll need to have a few more!

Hal's holiday cocktail from @redcapcards

Hal's Rhubarb Winter
• 3 ounces Uncle Val’s botanical gin
• 1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 dash Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• 1 round teaspoon raw sugar
• lime zest or twist for garnish

Hal's holiday cocktail from @redcapcards

Hal's holiday cocktail from @redcapcards

Instructions:
Add the ingredients to a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass or highball with spherical ice and garnish with lime zest or twist.

Cheers!!!

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Life In Christmas Fireplace by Kelsey Garrity-Riley



Now that it's December--officially the holiday season, we can feel the warmth and joy in the air! Our 'Life In...' posts are some of the most fun to write-up, and we are happy to share a brand new holiday edition with you!

Kelsey Garrity-Riley's "Christmas Fireplace" just about sums up the holidays for us: a warm fire, decorated cookies, packages from loved ones and a happy glow. Take a look below to see how we re-envisioned "Christmas Fireplace" in real life.

Life in Christmas Fireplace by Kelsey Garrity-Riley for @redcapcards

Life in Christmas Fireplace by Kelsey Garrity-Riley for @redcapcards

1. The holidays are not all about presents, but they can be a little bit, right? Don't forget your favorite friends and loved ones. We love these simple brown paper packages, tied up with strings.

2. The perfect wreath--grab this one from Target.

3. It's not always easy to come across a smiling deer bust, mounted perfectly on a vintage crest, so we love that this one exists! Available from Uncommon Goods.

4. Get cozy by the fireplace this winter, and if you don't have a fireplace, you can always just fake it!

5. Leave your cookies and milk (or milk alternative!) out for Santa on this classy galvanized steel tray.

6. The perfect Kilim Rug to curl up on in front of the fire.

7. Don't eat those! They're for Santa! Sweet treats to share or snack on. Try this recipe for gingerbread snowflakes!

8. Last but not least, some very looonng stockings--perfect for stuffing full of holiday goodies.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Red Cap Cards!



Little Arlo wants to remind you to also eat your veggies on this magnificent Thanksgiving holiday--not just all that gooey, delicious stuffing and sweet pie. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday! Love, from Red Cap Cards.

Happy Thanksgiving from Red Cap Cards @redcapcards


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Hark! Holiday Cards from Red Cap!



Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Keep Warm, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

It's just about that time--time for wrapping presents, decking halls and (our favorite!) mailing holiday cards! It's easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, but sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate--make ours spiked!--and a bit of music to write to friends and loved ones is what the season is all about. We're so honored to have such talented artists like Yelena Bryksenkova (above), Sarah Burwash, Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and many more as part of our festive family.

Don't be a Christmas goose! Definitely make sure to check out all of our sparkling holiday card designs, here. Some newbies for your consideration are below!

Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Be Merry and Bright, by Sarah Burwash, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8


Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Sled Ride, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8


Holiday Cards from @redcapcards
Christmas Fireplace, by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

Holiday Cards from @redcapcardsWinter Village, by Josie Portillo, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8

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Pictorial Showcase: Children's Book End Paper Art



Have you ever gotten to the end of the story that you are reading to your little one and actually sat and marveled at the beautiful illustration work that lives on the end pages? It's easy to forget about them because they are at the end of the story! "That's it, now lights out, go to bed!" But next time you are reading, don't forget to take a moment and appreciate the intricate works that act as the quite literal bookends in your story. Here are a few that we love and admire. Enjoy!

Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Golden Circus Book by Kathryn Jackson with end paper art by Alice and Martin Provensen, 2005


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson with illustrations by Richard Duvoisin, 1944


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs by Margaret Bradford Boni, with illustrations by Aurelius Battaglia, 1952


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renee Watson with illustrations by our own Christian Robinson, 2012


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson with illustration by Gyo Fujikawa, 1951


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Indoor Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, 1942


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Grammar Can Be Fun by Munroe Leaf, 1934


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Mother Goose: Heritage Edition with illustrations by Richard Duvoisin, 1943


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
The Joke Book by Oscar Weigle with illustrations by Weigle Bill and Bonnie Rutherford, 1963


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
My First Nursery Book with illustrations by Franciszka Themerson, 1947


Children's Book End Paper Art Showcase by @redcapcards
Topsy Turvy World by Atak, 2013


Do you have any favorites?

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New Cards by Naoshi + a Fun Sunae Video Celebration!



New Cards for @redcapcards by Naoshi, plus how to make sunae art

Guess what, gang? We currently have, in stock, brand new cards by one of our most favorite Red Cap artists, Naoshi. Naoshi was one of the first artists we ever collaborated with, back in 2009. From the first moment we saw her work, we felt that she was a conceptual genius! With such a playful and colorful viewpoint, and her dedication to keeping the artform of Sunae (or Japanese "sand art") alive, we absolutely could not pass her up. Check out this old post we did that shows the process of Sunae.

Naoshi says of herself and her work:

"I'm an artist based in Los Angeles, USA. I moved to Los Angeles on March 2014, and will be staying here for a year! Using shiny colorful sand (it's called Sunae in Japan), I make art portraying surreal people living in a real world with various everyday thoughts and emotions, such as joy, happiness, sorrow, and anxiety.

When I make Sunae, I'm always inspired to live life brightly each day just like the sparkly shiny sand that gracefully slips through my hands and fingers. It is a very unique and meaningful material for me to work with, and I enjoy it very much.

I began making Sunae in 2004. Since 2007, I've been participating in a wide range of art projects/exhibits outside of Japan, including United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Korea etc. My ultimate goal is to familiarize people with Sunae around the world!

 

And without further adieu, the lovely Naoshi and her inspiring art form in action:


Pick up this special sweet treat here, and view all of her new cards for Red Cap, here.

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Favorite Halloween Card Roundup 2014



Trick or treat! Don't you just love Halloween? Sweet treats and even sweeter greetings! We put together a little collection of some of our favorite festive cards--some new, some old. Enjoy--and have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!

Favorite Halloween Cards roundup 2014 by @redcapards

Clockwise from top left:
1. Love the book too! Bunicula from Dear Hancock, $4.50
2. One of our favorites from our own Red Cap collection, by Blanca Gómez: Halloween Witch, $3.95
3. Happy Halloween masks! A letterpressed greeting by Egg Press, $5
4. The cutest spider you will ever meet (for real). Sally Spider from Night Owl Goods, on sale for $3
5. An elegant fright. Love this gold foil, letterpressed skull by Sugar Paper, $5.50
6. Last but not least, Hey Pumpkin! Orange foil-stamped greeting from The Social Type, $4.50

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Where, Oh Where Can you Find Us?



Red Cap Cards is all about staying in touch with friends and love ones. And we want to stay in touch with you! Did you know that we have various avenues of sharing with you--not just this blog? Click below to find us on several other social media avenues. We'll have loads of fun!

@RedCapCards on Pinterest
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Tumble along with us on tumblr. We share all of our blog posts there (a bonus for your RSS feed!), and share posts of some of our favorite illustrators and artists.


@RedCapCards on Instagram
We're on Instagram--a definite favorite. Sneak a peak at new cards, happy styled shots and little moments right from the den of Red Cap.


@Redcapcards on Facebook
Last but not least, we're still truckin' along on Facebook! Get a sweet reminder of each blog post, plus goodies on all of our favorite members of the Red Cap family.


Don't forget to say hello when you meet us there!
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Life in "Fall" by Sarah Burwash



Don't you just love Fall? The card and the season? Leaves are falling, pumpkins are being picked and it's getting close to the time that you can light a fire in your fireplace. We're taking Sarah Burwash's "Fall" thank you card and flipping it into real life, so we can all live in a tiny, happy Autumn paradise. See below for your ticket to autumn harvest and sweet, sweet flannel:

Fall by Sarah Burwash for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards
Life in 'Fall' by Sarah Burwash for Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

1. Pick your pie and cider apples in style. We love this modern stepladder from Yoox.com.
2. Decorative gourd-ing in stripes! Hip, stripey shirt from Joe Fresh.
3. Whippet, whippet good. Don't forget your favorite buddy! Pups love jumping around in fall foliage too!
4. Make sure you chop up some wood before it gets too soggy out there. Mmmm cedar.
5. The most stylish chopping axe you can possibly find: the American Felling Axe from Best Made Company. Comes in many styles and colors!
6. A sea of flannel. It's important.
7. Don't forget your knit Steve Zissou beanie! It's a must-have. (For most seasons, really).
8. Rake up those leaves, then ruin it by jumping into the pile and making a mess! You'll love it.
9. The guest of honor. Visit your local pumpkin patch for a few fat, orange friends.
10. Last but not least, don't forget the apples! It's the tastiest season and oh-so-fun to pick yourselves. Call us when you've baked a few pies.
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