Skip to main content

Color for Baby: Four board books for baby featuring more than forty famous works by contemporary artists, Curated by Yana Peel

I'm not sure how much parents are thinking about cultural literacy when they are purchasing board books for toddlers. If this is something that matters to you or if you appreciate contemporary art, then you will seek out Color for Baby: Four board books for baby featuring more than forty famous works by contemporary artists, Curated by Yana Peel. If not, and you are fortunate enough to be given this set of four accordion board books as a gift or if you stumble across it somewhere, you and the baby in your life are in luck! 

Personally, I studied art briefly in college before switching majors and, while creating and appreciating art is no longer an everyday part of my life, I definitely enjoy and find enriching the moments when I do cross paths with it and I especially appreciate benefitting from the knowledge and expertise of Yana Peel, who co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting new art. Peel consulted with childhood experts when choosing the art for this book. The use of the images was donated and all profits from this book and two others in this series (see below) support NSPCC, an organization working to end child cruelty across the UK.

The two-sided format of the four books (yellow, blue, green and red) is perfect for tummy time, changing table time and car time. And the works of art chosen to represent each color - paintings, prints and sculptures - cover a wide range of styles and ideas. Some are high contrast and will catch baby's attention right away. Others are more detailed and complex, meaning that baby will see something new and different in each work as s/he grows and vision develops. Below are a handful of images of the works of art the appear in the books.

HOPE (Red/Violet) by Robert Indiana

Red Plum Tree by Zhang Xiaogang

Balloon Dog (Red), Jeff Koons

Work No. 79: Some Blue Tack kneaded by Martin Creed

Chair (Wallpaper-Orange) by Michael Craig-Martin

Les Oiseaux by Henri Matisse

An Orchard of Pears, No. 14 by William Scott

Untitled (Peony Blossom Painting) by Cy Twombly

She fled along the avenue by Patrick Caulfield

SP IV by Josef Albers

Sky by Ross Bleckner

Glorious by Damien Hirst

Source: Review Copy


Popular posts from this blog

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff - Projects You Can Build For (and With) Kids! by Scott Bedford

On his personal website, Scott Bedforddescribes himself as an "Award Winning Online Creative Professional" working within the advertising and design industry. What is more interesting (and applicable here) is how hisWhat I Made website came to be. While sitting in a Starbucks with his restless young sons, trying to enjoy his latte, Bedford created something out of coffee stir sticks that ended up keeping his boys entertained, finishing his coffee in peace and sparking (re-sparking, really) his creative drive and reminding him of the "enormous joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not the complexity or quality of the finished project but in the process of making itself. On Bedford'sWhat I Made website, he even shares Six Cool Coffee Shop Crafts for Kidsthat you can try out next time you want to enjoy your coffee and your kids are making that difficult. I've shared two below - be sure to check out the website and see the rest!


POP-UP: Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book, paper engineering by Ruth Wickings, illustrations by Frances Castle RL: All ages

POP-UP:  Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book with paper engineering by Ruth Wickings and illustrations by Frances Castle is THE COOLEST BOOK EVER!!!  I know that I haven't dedicated much time to pop-up books here, but they have always held a special place in my heart, and the phrase "paper engineering" is a favorite of mine. Although I didn't know what it was at the time, I did go through a paper engineering phase when I was ten or so. I would sneak off to the back of the classroom during independent work periods and go to town on the construction paper and glue and make these little free-standing dioramas. A huge fan of The Muppet Show (the original), I reconstructed the all-baby orchestra from an episode, drawing and coloring each baby and his/her instrument then gluing them onto a 3D orchestra section I had crafted out of brown construction paper.  I also made a 3D version of Snidely Whiplash throwing Nell off a cliff with Dudley Do-Right wa…

The Seeing Stick, written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Daniela J Terrazini

The Seeing Stick is an original Chinese fairy tale written by the prolific (and prolifically award winning) Jane Yolen. First published in 1977 with illustrations by Remy Charlip (author and illustrator of the brilliantly fun picture book Fortunately and friend and muse to Brian Selznick, who asked him to pose as George Méliès while he was working on the Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo CabretThe Seeing Stick was reissued with new illustrations by Daniela J. Terrazini in 2009. I have not seen Charlip's version, but Terrazini's is a beautiful work of art and the book itself is yet another magnificently packaged book published by Running Press, the house that brought us Steven Arntson's The Wikkeling, yet another superbly and uniquely packaged children's book with artwork by Terrazini. Interestingly, both The Wikkeling and The Seeing Stick were designed by Frances J Soo Ping Chow.

The Seeing Stick begins, "Once in the ancient walled citadel of Peking there l…