Books & Friends for Easter



Remember last year, when we created our ideal Easter basket? That was a pretty fantastic way to spend the holiday, but this year we thought we'd ask the Easter bunny to grab something different for our favorite kids.

Books, books, books galore! Some of the more popular children's books are lending their characters to bedding and clothing lines, plus other fun gifts. We know a few little ones who would be super excited to find these gifties in their Easter basket on Sunday morning. Check out a few favorites, and don't forget to write them a loving note!

Books for Easter by Red Cap Cards

From top left:

• "If you run away," said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny." Perfect for Easter: The Runaway Bunny book and t-shirt, from Out of Print Clothing.

• "This is the best day ever," said the shy little kitten. Love The Shy Little Kitten and accompanying pillow from Land of Nod.

• With all of the sugar those kids are about to eat, you better get this Max crown ready for some wild things! Oeuf Knit Wild Things crown from Barney's New York and Caldecott-winning book, Where the Wild Things Are.

• This year's runaway bestseller, Dragons Love Tacos is the perfect brain-candy for kids, and this shirt from Target is absolute fun.

• Last but not least, Olivia fans can have their very own Olivia dress with this creative line of clothing for girls at Gymboree.

Happy Easter, everyone!
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Newbery Winner & Caldecott Honor Book: Last Stop on Market Street!



We just wanted to say a quick and hearty congratulations to Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson, and Matt de la Peña, author of Last Stop on Market Street! Their fabulous children's book just won the 2016 Newbery Medal and a 2016 Caldecott Honor!

If you haven't had a chance to check this one out, make sure that you do. It's a lovely story of a boy and his loving grandmother, navigating the vibrant, urban landscape to the last stop on Market Street. Their destination is heartwarming and the lesson in this book makes a lasting impression on anyone who has the privilege the read it.

Congratulations, Matt and Christian!

Congrats to Last Stop on Market Street for Newbery and Caldecott
Congrats to Last Stop on Market Street for Newbery and Caldecott
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Friday Funsies: A Hat Trick!



Is there anything he can't do? Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen, has gone ahead and performed a hat-trick! Quite literally it seems. Jon will be debuting his third installment of the "hats on animals" series with We Found A Hat, this coming October 2016 by Candlewick Press. Klassen's previous works involving clever animals and sly hats include I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat.

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Fans of Klassen's first two books in the hat trilogy: "will not be surprised to learn that there’s a healthy dose of controversy between the characters of Klassen’s latest picture book, in which two turtles find one hat – and it happens to look great on both of them." -Publisher's Weekly.

For more info on the upcoming release, click over to Publisher's Weekly to read the full article, and click over to Jon's artist page to view his designs for Red Cap Cards. Click the photos below more more information on each book.

Red Cap Cards artist, Jon Klassen's Hat Trick
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Something to Get Excited About!



A new year, and new news. We were so excited to hear (and excited to share) that the first book by Red Cap Cards artist, Lizzy Stewart, is on its way to publication this year! Check out the fabulous cover for There's a Tiger in the Garden by our own Lizzy Stewart, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books.

There's a Tiger in the Garden by Red Cap Cards artist, Lizzy Stewart

From Quarto Knows: "When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens.

So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . .

Could there?"


The release date is slated for April 7, 2016. We can't wait! Great job, Lizzy!

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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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Inspiration: Children's Book Color Chips and Palettes



Did you happen to catch a glimpse of this Instagram shot from Greg Pizzoli? This framed digital proof for Number One Sam was submitted for the Society of Illustrators annual show:

PMS chips from Greg Pizzoli's Number One Sam

How inspiring! It got us thinking about the brilliant color palettes in some of our favorite children's books. Don't you just love dissecting the artistry in such intricate illustrations? We put a few together below to inspire your weekend and showcase the wide array of gorgeous work. Some classic, some brand new, all amazing:

Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards
Color Palettes in some of our favorite children's books from @redcapcards


What are some of your favorites?
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Brand New Collection for Red Cap Cards, by Nicholas John Frith!



We are so excited to announce the most recent collaboration in our Red Cap Cards family! Nicholas John Frith has come on board to design a brand new line of illustrated greeting cards that will be debuting at the NY NOW show. Check out Crow & Canary's Booth #7818 August 16-20th for a close-up look at his beautiful work. If you won't be able to make it to the show, click over to Nicholas's artist page to grab a gander at all of his new cards. You won't be disappointed!

Rooting for You Card by Nicholas Frith NEW from Red Cap Cards
New cards by Nicholas Frith for Red Cap Cards

Happy Birthday card by Nicholas Frith NEW from Red Cap Cards

Nicholas currently lives and works on the coast of Dorset, England, where he works primarily in a silk-screening medium. He is currently working on his debut children's picture book, due out in 2015 by Alison Green Books. It's such a pleasure to have his illustration grace our Red Cap cards. Welcome, Nicholas! Stay tuned for an Artist Spotlight post featuring Nicholas.

Enjoy!
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Congratulations, Jon Klassen! PLUS 'The Dark'



We are so very proud of one of our Red Cap artists, Jon Klassen, who has been honored with one of the highest illustration awards in America--the Caldecott Medal--not once, but TWICE!

An award for the "most distinguished American picture book for children" was awarded to Jon twice for his picture book, This is Not My Hat and Extra Yarn, his collaboration with writer Mac Barnett.

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark
Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark


Now, Jon has a brand new book out! A collaboration with children's author Daniel Handler, (aka Lemony Snicket!) The Dark is a story about Laszlo, who overcomes his fear of the dark. Jon's minimalist and charming illustrations help make the story a work of visual art. Check out some pages from the book below! Congratulations again, Jon!!

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark
Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark
Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark
Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen's The Dark




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Barry B. Wary



With all the excitement about baby Arlo, I never had a chance to share the children’s book I illustrated called Barry B. Wary written by the lovely Leslie Muir. It was released in May by Disney-Hyperion. Here it is on Arlo's book shelf. Pretty cool…

 

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