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.”
We’re so excited to appear on Picture Books Blogger today — she features so many of our very favorite books!
In her review of Me: A Compendium, she writes, "This is a beautifully produced, highly interactive journal that captures each child’s individuality to perfection!”
(The above image is her 8-year-old’s brilliant take on the cover.) Read the full review here.
Teaching kids about appreciating differences has never felt more important. So we’re offering our Wee You-Things iOS app free through November 20.
As moms and dads, we’re trying to raise good little people — kids who are kind, creative, accepting and helpful. That’s why we created the Wee You-Things app. It sends the message that what makes you different is also what makes you awesome — because if kids feel good about themselves, they’re less likely to put others down. And hopefully that’s one small step toward a world with more kindness, and less bullying.
For kids ages 3-7, the app celebrates what we call “you-things” — those little and big things that, together, make you, you. Ruth has a purple tooth. Brad has two dads. Little Dot gets scared a lot. Niels has orange wheels. After meeting 22 quirky and colorful characters, kids are asked, “What’s your you-thing?,” and get to become part of the story.
We encourage you to check it out with your kids. Use it to spark conversations. Share a giggle. And a big hug.