I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
Every kid should know about and be inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This picture book biography from the fantastic “Ordinary People Change the World” series is one of our favorites. Since reading it, our almost-7-year olds have been talking about “nonviolent resistance” — changing the world with peace and love. (And to keep it going, check out the Rosa Parks and Gandhi books from the same series.) There’s no better way to encourage kids to dream big.
We’re big fans of Say Yes blog and are excited to share with you a super special giveaway on her blog! Liz, from Say Yes blog, shares why Me: A Compendium is her favorite gift for school aged childen, “It inspires writing, thinking, and creativity. We bought it for Henry a couple years ago and it was such a slam dunk gift.”
Check out her blog post and then visit Instagram to enter to win a full set of our products, including: Me: A Compendium, A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game, An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things, a set of Wee Alpha Postcards, a set of wooden Wee You-Things Blocks and A Wee Alphas print poster!
You know what’s awesome? Fireflies. Lava. Tacos. Yellow.
Wee Society’s compilation of awesome things is now available as a matching game. It features some of the world’s most universally awesome (but perhaps overlooked) things: masking tape, tunnels, elbows, nests and more. The game was designed to boost kids’ vocabulary, exercise working memory and spark silly conversations about what kids think is awesome.
The game comes with 20 pairs of cards – including one blank pair so kids can create their own addition. What’s not included: things that are NOT awesome, like cavities, garbage or splinters. It’s designed for all ages. Beginners can take out a few pairs, and work their way up to using all 40 cards.
A Box of Awesome Things is available from book sellers nationwide, and on Amazon. Fans of awesome things: Also check out our Incomplete Book of Awesome Things (watch the book trailer) and Incomplete List of Awesome Things art print, available at art.com.
Woot! Me: A Compendium snagged a design award! 50 Books/50 Covers is the longest running design competition in the country, presented by AIGA, the professional organization for design, and Design Observer. Me was picked out of 700 book and cover designs from more than 23 countries. Congrats to our friends at Office and Clarkson Potter!
We’re thrilled that Me: A Compendium won a design award from Communication Arts. (They call it “the world’s most exclusive major design competition!”) High fives to our design partner, Office, on the recognition.
Haven’t seen the book yet? Check it out right here.
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, by Dave Eggers
When my kids let me choose the book to read at bedtime, this is my pick. It’s a history book about how the Golden Gate Bridge — the most famous bridge in the world — ended up being bright orange. It wasn’t easy. Some people wanted it to be red and white. Or yellow and black. (Yep, seriously.) Most people wanted it to be gray. It was a really small group of people, raising their voices, that made the difference. From the publisher McSweeney’s, "Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in, even if it’s just a color.” Every kid (and adult) needs to hear that message.
This year, we’re foregoing pre-packaged valentine sets for greetings with a little more heart. And to make it easier for busy families, we’re sharing the templates to create cards featuring a few favorite Wee Alphas characters — Yolanda the Yeti, Kate the Koala, Biki the Buffalo and Riley the Raccoon.
Download the instructions here
We’re so happy that the editors over at Brightly — a blog dedicated to helping raise little readers — are fans of Wee Society.
They recently interviewed us about our new collection of publications. And they’ve just picked Me: A Compendium as Brightly's latest Bookshelf Must-Have.
A few of the really nice things they said:
"From the creative geniuses at Wee Society comes Me: A Compendium, a colorful and whimsical write-in journal designed to show off what makes every child unique ... It’s a fantastic way for 4- to 8-year-olds to express themselves and create a wonderful lasting snapshot of who they are at their present age … This lasting keepsake and surefire hit also makes a thoughtful and memorable gift.”