Things I found, things I am saving for winter

Cory's Pinecone Mound

​Look at the treasures I found:

  • Today’s printable is special becuse it is an item that I usually sell, but I am offering it to you for free in this newsletter. It must be printed on a single double-sided paper. The front side and back side must be oriented in the same direction. Print to the edge. The maze is for children 5 and up. I hope kids will enjoy this space adventure! See the bottom of this newsletter for a link to download.
  • I am trying to get out to art festivals more often this year. Check back for updates on upcoming events.

Comfort Books

There is nothing quite like getting lost in a good book. It's like being transported to another world where anything is possible. So I have a few "comfort" books I keep around for those moments when I want to find peace for a while. These books hold a special place in my heart because they serve a medicinal purpose. They help me reset.

You can help your child find their comfort books by exposing them to many different genres, such as wordless picture books.

One of my favorite books is "Ballad" by Blexbolex. It's a beautiful story written in illustrations and limited text that is simple enough to leave the story open to interpretation. The graphics are stunning, and the story is so sweet. It's the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day.

Another is "Journey" by Aaron Becker, about a girl who finds a magic door in her house and goes on a fantastic journey. Again, it's gorgeously illustrated, and the story is exciting.

"Float" by Daniel Miyares follows a child on a rainy day when he loses his paper boat and goes searching for it. The story is simple, and yet it has so much depth. The illustrations are soft and fluid.

It is interesting to discover that the books I reach for to relax are wordless or minimalist, relying heavily on the illustrations to tell a story that is adaptable and open. I think it's because I like being able to create my world within the book and not be spoon-fed everything. It allows for more imagination and creativity, which is soothing to me.

Do you have any favorite comfort books? Let me know which ones!

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xx Cory

Animals and Bugs By Cory Shaw
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