In the latest free DIY from the Wee Workshop, kids can make their own Halloween-inspired books.
The workshop was tested with a group of wildly imaginative kids at the Cooper Hewitt’s Harlem Design Center, and includes a fill-in-the-blanks story, instructions for DIY stamps and inspiration for stamping your own illustrations.
Download the Hallowee Spooky Story Wee Workshop right here.
When you're done, share your creations at www.facebook.com/weesociety.
Wee Society was thrilled to partner with design firm Office and the Cooper Hewitt to offer free educational workshops for kids and families at the Harlem Design Center during National Design Week.
In a program created by Wee Society’s Wee Workshop, and inspired by Ed Emberley, kids wrote and illustrated their own spooky story books, just in time for Halloween.
“These kids were brilliant. Wildly imaginative!” said Jill Robertson, co-founder, Wee Society. “From character development to cover design, they were incredibly proud of what they created.”
If you want to make your own Hallowee Spooky Story, the project will be available for download at weesociety.com by October 21.
Just in time for Halloween, here’s our latest design collaboration with Tattly — a not-too-spooky spider tattoo.
Made with Tattly’s temporary, nontoxic vegetable-based ink, Spooky Spider, along with our Boo Crew, is a super-cute complement to a costume, and way more fun than finding a real eight-legged critter crawling up your arm!
You can get a set of two Spooky Spiders for $5 at Tattly, including shipping within the U.S.
Tiny Pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman and illustrated by Edward Hemingway
After taking our kids apple picking this weekend, they couldn’t wait to read this sweet little story about making tiny apple pie. Ellie the Elephant is bummed that she can’t be part of her parents’ grown-up party. Just when she’s feeling too small to do anything, Ellie discovers mice hosting a cooking show (featuring Tiny Pie) behind her kitchen wall. She finds out that even the tiniest hands, noses and mouths can do big things. At the end, there’s a bonus Tiny Pie recipe from Alice Waters for little bakers.
The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
An imaginary friend is waiting (on an island of imaginary creatures) to be imagined by a real kid. After he’s passed over again and again, he decides to head out on his own to find friendship. He ultimately discovers the perfect BFF, who names him Beekle. And just like that, the lovable Beekle discovers his purpose — and inspires our kids to dream up their own imaginary worlds.
The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud
This delightful sequel picks up right where The Bear’s Song (another Wee Read favorite) leaves off, and follows a new adventure of Papa Bear trying to find his Little Bear. Their journey takes them from a crowded Paris department store, to a bustling wharf, onto a cruise ship, under the sea, and to a tropical island. Our kids love spotting Little Bear on each gorgeously illustrated spread. Like the very best picture books, there are stories happening well beyond the words on the page.
Yippee! Digital-Storytime named Wee You-Things one of the five top book apps for preschoolers for 2014.
In partnership with Teachers With Apps, Digital-Storytime also published a review of the app, calling Wee You-Things “exactly the kind of book we need to read to our children to help instill 21st century character traits of acceptance … every element in this simple read is stunning, and the message so poignant!” Teachers With Apps also recommends Wee You-Things for helping develop social and emotional learning.
Regarding their “Best of” list, Digital-Storytime said, "We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven … In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.”
You can download the Wee You-Things app for iOS right here.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
“Henry loves books, but not like you and I, not quite. Henry loves to EAT books. And here is the BEST bit: the more he eats, the smarter he gets.” Our preschoolers’ latest favorite is classic Oliver Jeffers: a quirky and silly story with charming illustrations. We especially love the surprise ending. It gets us all giggling almost every time.