Do you remember that time when you wished you were literally inside the book you had in your hands? Well, this is what happened to us when we grabbed these six books. Go to your local library, bookstore, go online…go get them, touch them, open them, hurry up!
1. In case you’ve ever dreamed of flying on a magic carpet
This book had to be at the top of the list, certainly. Because we are in a Journey; but mostly because of what you experience with Aaron Becker in this adventure through fantastic worlds and why not: imaginable worlds. Do not hesitate one minute, do grab your red pencil and start drawing because all you can imagine is about to begin. Ideas are endless while the pencil is in your hand. You can find the same concept in Harold and the purple crayon books, the wonderful collection from the 50’s, that we also recommend.
This video show us Mr. Becker talking about his life, his studio, and how he makes the books. You can also see him drawing a little.
2. Geometry, drawing, maths, and lots of love
Norton Juster is an architect. He is also well known for The Phantom Tollbooth. Knowing this, this book turns up as a highly recommended option. This is how the book begins: “Once upon a time there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a beautiful dot.” What can a straight line in love with a dot do while the dot has eyes only for a squiggle?
It seems like the book was inspired in Flatland, written in the XIX century, and that I have not yet had the pleasure of reading but has inspired several films. For know, we would like to introduce the short film about The dot and the line:
3. Imagine worlds within other worlds
Flotsam, by David Wiesner, is probably one of my favorite books. It is a photographic trip, just pictures of an underwater world you have never seen or even imagined. This way the story becomes a never ending story, that looks infinite, carrying you from world to world, into a wonderful endless spiral. If one day you find an old photo camera on the beach; please, get the film to the store! It is always a pleasure to watch these fantastic drawings. Thank you Mr. Weisner.
In this video, the author talks about Art and Max, in this book he explores the creative process and the different media he uses for his drawings. This is also a gorgeous book. In fact, all his books are.
4. When the characters actually look at you
If you have never been to Mo Willems´personal universe, do not delay, I am sure it will be worth it. Using simple and expressive drawings, where the only thing that appears in most of the pages is the two main characters; and yet fun and action are guaranteed. We are in a book is one of my favorites from the Piggy and Gerald collection. It will literally puts you inside the story, we could be talking about an interactive book here. I would check out the Pigeon books as well.
In the next video the author tells us how he creates his characters, we see how he draws some sketches and he even reads part of a book. We loved how he talks about reading books at the end: “Now, why should you read? Well, because if you read, then maybe you’ll read one of my books, and then maybe you start drawing my characters, and you’ll write a book that I want to read. Wouldn’t that be cool?”
5. How to have a good reason to hang a transatlantic boat in a tree
We love Oliver Jeffers. We had a blast reading Stuck. How is it possible to get all those things stuck on a tree!? The author cleverly explains us about the book: “A tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it.” It is a perfect way to encourage children’s imagination.
You can watch Jeffers reading the book in this video:
6. The perfect excuse to time traveling
Would you like to travel as they did at the time of the mighty locomotives? Do you want to see how the landscape changes to the tranquil pace of an old train? Would you mind looking into the entrails of those machines? Well, then you better open this impressive book and let Brian Floca tells you the story of this family on a transcontinental railroad trip through the USA back in 1869. The illustrations, the details of the journey, and the technical details are simply gorgeous; and they will take you to the great era of transportations. It will also be worth taking a look at Moonshot, the story of the Apollo 11 in 1969 in the first trip to the moon.
Here you have a video of the author explaining, from his work desk, the creative process he follows when making the books.