Children's Book Picks: Unconventional Friendship



Remember your childhood blankie that you basically tore to shreds with hugs and snuggles? That blankie deserves a valentine. Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love--it's also about friendship too! We picked a few of our favorite children's books with stories about unconventional friendship--whether it's with a new crocodile pal or a tree, it's the best kind!

Children's Books about Unconventional Love for Valentine's Day @redcapcards
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber. Remember this classic? The friendship between a New York City family and the crocodile (Lyle!) they find in their bathtub. Perfect illustration by Bernard Waber.

Children's Books about Unconventional Love for Valentine's Day @redcapcards
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. No one's childhood was complete without Shel Silverstein--or this book. It's heartbreaking and lovely all at once. The (often one-sided) friendship between a giving tree and a boy turned man.

Children's Books about Unconventional Love for Valentine's Day @redcapcards
The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. We've highlighted this one before, in Arlo's Book Club, but it's too good to pass up! This story is about a boy who just has to hug everything--fire hyrdants, benches, trees! Spreading the love, no one escapes the hug machine.

Children's Books about Unconventional Love for Valentine's Day @redcapcards
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty. Okay, so this one is a bit more mushy than the others--a cat with a crush on a bunny, sharing blueberry muffins. Couldn't be a more perfect Valentine's Day!

Send a friend you love a Valentine, here.
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Christian Robinson's "What is Dance?" for Sesame Street Workshop Season 45



Remember Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson's fantastic little video, "What is Music?" We love this new animation that he created for Sesame Street Workshop, Season 45, "What is Dance?" (Can you believe that?? 45 seasons!)


Check out Christian's blog to see more photos and read more about it. And be sure to view his new Valentines for Red Cap too, here and here!

Christian Robinson's What is Dance for Sesame Street
Christian Robinson's What is Dance for Sesame Street


Photos courtesy of Christian Robinson.
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LOVE is all Around: Color Collage



 We adore this colorful new card by Christian Robinson, just in time for Valentine's Day! We wanted to imagine a fun Valentine's Day that was brightly-colored as his illustration, whether it's spent with a sweetheart or a best pal. Check out what we found in the same hues and tones as these rooster loves.
 

Christian Robinson LOVE Rooster Card color collage by @redcapcards

1. Coffee, tea or me? For two, that is. Love these Emerald and Bright Red coffee makers, available at HowKaPow.

2. Make a rainbow-colored heart garland for the ones you love. Bonus--kids can help!

3. Shake a tail feather--grab these heart-shaped glasses for a glam Valentine's.

4. Rainbow sprinkle chocolate sandwich cookies! Need we say more? Share or don't!

5. Send a teeny, tiny love letter made of chocolate. These are so cute! Find them at Sea and Cane.

 

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Happy New Year + Welcome 2015!



Welcome to Earth, 2015! We're excited for a fresh new year and wanted to share some goodies that just scream "Happy New Year!" and whistle a party noisemaker in our faces! Take a look at our picks for a shiny 2015 and be sure to hug and kiss a friend at midnight!

Happy New Year & Welcome 2015 from Red Cap Cards @redcapcards

1. Geodes are hot! Just-mined-out-of-the-ground-hot! We like this La Luze Geode Necklace from Sarah Safavi Jewelry on Etsy.

2. A good mantra to repeat the entire year: Stay Strong, Be Positive Card by Naoshi from Red Cap Cards. Frame it. Send it. Love it.

3. Gold is the color of the season. Set your sparkling cocktail on these Gold Wool Felt Coasters in white triangle pattern, from Cotton & Flax.

4. We love this monthly Ferme Á Papier 2015 Calendar from Ferme Á Papier.

5. Forget those Christmas cards! Send a letterpressed 2015 Card from Sugar Paper.

6. Get your fingers dressed for the night! Stratford Honey Nail Lacquer from Butter.

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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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