Friday field notes 062813

{A winner of Design Observer’s best cover design}

Around these parts, school’s out, summer’s in; kids are already getting bored, and parents are wondering when they might steal a few moments away (to read, naturally). In regard to bookish news, it was all about children + design. OK, that’s not entirely true, but there did seem an inordinate amount of items. Here’s a peek of the goings on of the last week or so . . .

First published in 1825, The Glasglow Looking Glass (a.k.a. The Northern Looking Glass) now has official bragging rights as the first comic book.

Looking for books for your kids to read this summer? Well, Impatient Optimists (the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) suggests18 Books that will inspire your kids.

Diana Wynne Jone’s final book has been completed by her sister; it will be published next year. 

In case you’re making travel plans–don’t miss out on the New York Public Library. Specificially, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, a multimedia exhibit featuring more than 250 books, art pieces, and other items curated from the library’s diverse collections that explore, well, why Children’s books matter! It runs until March 23, 2014. 

You’re never too young for Shakespeare, and you’re never too old for alphabet books. Don’t believe me? Check  out The Shakespeare Alphabet Book, recently released from In Your Ear Shakespeare. 

Go ahead, judge a book by it’s cover. Designers have. Check out their picks for best book covers of 2012.


  • 28 June 2013 - 6:30 am | Permalink

    Ooo some of those covers are interesting. I have two of the books listed in the collection although one is an e-book version so it does me NO good :)

    • amelia
      29 June 2013 - 9:42 am | Permalink

      Yeah, electronic versions are kind of like phantom books . . .

  • 1 July 2013 - 7:06 am | Permalink

    love those book covers!

    • amelia
      1 July 2013 - 7:14 am | Permalink

      Aren’t they great?! I do love a good book cover . . .

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