Indian Summer at Red Cap Cards



In·di·an sum·mer
noun
noun: Indian summer; plural noun: Indian summers
• a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.

We are hoping for an Indian Summer over here--for the weather, of course, but also to celebrate our new summer release! Take a gander at our new summer cards (plus a few valentines, because who doesn't need a valentine now and then?!) by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, Josie Portillo, Jill Labieniec, Meg Hunt, and of course, Dinara Mirtalipova. Grab an ice-cold lemonade, and click here to view them all!

Indian Summer with Red Cap Cards

Indian Summer with Red Cap Cards

Indian Summer with Red Cap Cards

Indian Summer with Red Cap Cards

Indian Summer with Red Cap Cards

When it Rains, it Pours: 50 More Picture Books From a Stellar 2015 from Huffington Post



Yes, we are slightly obsessed with illustrated children's books--especially when they are illustrated by members of our close-knit Red Cap Card family. Just yesterday, Minh Le (writer and early childhood policy analyst), published a list of fifty of his favorite children's books of 2015 on Huffington Post. Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson's storybook, Leo: A Ghost Story, was included in this amazing list, with a mention of another of our Red Cap BFFs, Jon Klassen!

Huffington Post's best children's books

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, ill. Christian Robinson (Chronicle): Despite it being such a strong year for picture books, between this and Last Stop on Market Street, it still wouldn't surprise me if Robinson came away with both a Caldecott Medal and an honor (a rare feat last achieved by Jon Klassen). While his pages are usually bursting with color, here Robinson limits his palette to mostly cool blues, giving Barnett's clever ghost story a chilled but not creepy feel. -M. L.

Make sure to click over to Huffington Post to read the rest of the list, or check out Leo: A Ghost Story, here.

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Artist Catch-Up: Nicholas John Frith



Oh, Nicholas John Frith, how we adore you! We thought we'd catch up with one of our favorite friends and Red Cap artist, Nicholas John Frith, because he's got some great news coming from his side of the pond, as of late. Not only was one of his illustrations recently featured in the Wall Street Journal (see below), but his debut picture book is about to be released, with tons of fanfare!


Hector is a bear, and Hummingbird is ...well, a hummingbird! One just wants some peace and quiet and the other is a noisy fellow, buzzing from here to there. It captures the friendship and challenges that such an opposite pair may find themselves in. Available on Amazon for pre-order, Hector and Hummingbird is available on September 3, 2015. We are loving the updates that Nicholas is giving via his Twitter page--make sure to become a follower!

View Nicholas John Frith's designs for Red Cap Cards, here. Congratulations on your first picture book, NJF!

Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards
Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards
Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards
Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards
Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards
Artist Catch-Up with Nicholas John Frith for Red Cap Cards


Photos via Picture Books Blogger and Book Sniffer
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Brand New Red Cap Artist: Dinara Mirtalipova



We are so excited to announce a collection of designs by new Red Cap artist, Dinara Mirtalipova! Dinara Mirtalipova renders charming illustrations and distinct folky patterns that are woven top-to-bottom with flowery, light-as-a-feather linework, cozy creatures and stunning hand lettering. Inspired by nature and folktales, her sweet storybook characters for children and the young-at-heart are tender yet spunky, and very loveable. Whether it's a bouquet of flowers or a gypsy parade, Dinara's eye for color, pattern, and detail provides a modern take on old-world charm. Her hand-drawn lettering has an equally expressive quality, with decorative letterforms swooping into cheerful flower-studded compositions that compliment her artwork, or stand on their own.

Check out some of our featured picks below or view the entire collection here. See more of her work on her website, here. Welcome, Dinara!! We are so happy to have you in our little family.

Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
Brand new artist for Red Cap Cards: Dinara Mirtalipova @redcapcards
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The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Christian Robinson



We are so proud of our pal, and member of the Red Cap family, Christian Robinson! This new edition of The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise Brown, is due to be released in Spring of 2016. "

Finding a still warm but dead bird, a group of children give it a fitting burial and every day, until they forget, come again to the woods to sing to the dead bird and place fresh flowers on its grave. An excellent handling of the subject of death in which all young children have a natural interest.’ —BL."

We are so proud of you, Christian, and can't wait to see more! View more photos of Christian Robinson's work and sneak peeks of The Dead Bird at his website or Instagram.

The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson
The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson


Images via Christian Robinson and Steven Malk
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Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni



We hope you're up for another Master's Showcase, because today we are covering master illustrator and children's book author, Leo Lionni. No children's library is complete without one of the countless titles written or illustrated by Leo Lionni (we highly recommend Swimmy, Fish is Fish , or A Color of His Own!)

Leo Lionni was a writer and illustrator of Italian descent who grew up in the Netherlands. His first job was as an advertising art director, working with companies such as Chrysler and Ford, and eventually became the art director at Fortune magazine. Later in life, his personal paintings began to attract attention in shows across the world, and he began his illustration and writing career, winning the Caldecott medal a record four times, for Inch by Inch (1961), Swimmy (1964), Frederick (1968), and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Pinwheel Books) (1970). He died at his home in Tuscany in 1999.

His illustrations are vibrant and colorful, always centering around a character who is different, but special. We absolutely adore the reading and animation for Swimmy, below. Take a look and pick up some of his books--you won't be disappointed!

Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
Master's Showcase: Leo Lionni
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Yelena Bryksenkova and the Jumbo Paper Cut Window



Our big, happy Red Cap family is so talented. Each artist has such a fantastic gift for artistic expression in illustration, and each has bragging rights in lots of other art forms as well. Recently, we started spying some peeks of a 'jumbo papercut window display' that Yelena Bryksenkova was working on, via her Instagram.

Jumbo Paper Cut window display by Yelena Bryksenkova for Citizen Vintage

The grand reveal was oh-so-magnificent, and worth the wait. Check out the large-scale paper cut window display that she created for Montreál's Citizen Vintage, in celebration of her upcoming show on August 6th, Vernissage. Delicate, and lovely, reminiscent of traditional Scherenschnitte! Will you be in the area? Be sure to share with your Canadian pals. S'amuser!

Jumbo Paper Cut window display by Yelena Bryksenkova for Citizen Vintage

Jumbo Paper Cut window display by Yelena Bryksenkova for Citizen Vintage

Vernissage by Yelena Bryksenkova for Citizen Vintage


Images courtesy Yelena Bryksenkova and Citizen Vintage.

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Josie Portillo in the Washington Post!



This seems to be London's week at Red Cap Cards! First a stage production of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, and now we were proud to spy our own Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo's, beautiful illustration in an article for The Washington Post.

Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo, for the Washington Post

Love the article too! An homage to sightseeing London in the most traditional way possible: on the top of a bright red, double-decker bus, by Gwyneth Kelly: "Riding a double-decker bus makes you feel like an urban mahout. From your perch on the 139 you see swarms of people walking down Oxford Street, all of whom appear to be moving faster than you are. School groups, extended networks of fashionistas, elderly ladies pulling rolling shopping bags, babies swaddled in strollers constructed of more protective Kevlar than military trucks..."

Click over to the article to read the rest and to marvel at Josie's new editorial work under The Washington Post banner. View Josie's designs for Red Cap, here. Great job, Josie!

Image courtesy The Washington Post
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I Want My Hat Back at the National Theatre



A bit of exciting news has made its way to us, via the grindstone. According to Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen (himself), the National Theatre in London, UK is working on a musical stage version of I Want My Hat Back!

Red Cap Cards artist, Jon Klassen has a brand new stage production of his childrens book I Want My Hat Back

According to their website, the show will be running from 12 November, 2015 to 2 January, 2016. Tickets are £12 & £15 (£10 under 18yrs). We love their description:

Bear’s hat is gone. He loves his hat. He wants it back.
He asks all of the animals in the forest, but no one has seen it.
WAIT! He has seen it somewhere...
Jon Klassen’s brilliant, witty book was published in 2011, and has fast become a modern children’s classic. I Want My Hat Back now comes to the stage in a joyous new adaptation stuffed with humour, music and surprises.
A treat for everyone aged 3 – 300.

We might just have to take a trip to London for this one. Break a leg, Jon!

View Jon Klassen's designs for Red Cap, here.

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