Books to Read - a la GOOP

Children’s Books

Some of the best memories I have from childhood are of my mother lying in bed with me and reading me stories. I can remember way back when books like Pat the Bunny and Goodnight Moon were appropriate, so we're talking decades. We had a few greatest hits, Elouise and The Chronicles of Narnia being frontrunners. That time together was pretty indelible. I'm always looking for great books I may not know about to read to my kids. We've put together some recommendations that are worth checking out.


--- Gwyneth Paltrow

The Night Life of Trees by Tara Publishing

You might hold your breath while turning the pages of this book because it's that beautiful! Created by hand and illustrated by tribal artists of India, each page tells folklore of a different tree. The tree artwork is silkscreened onto black paper, creating vibrant palettes and images that you could imagine cutting out of the book to hang on your walls.

Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale by Henrik Drescher

In this cute story, Hubert, a funny looking pig- elephant hybrid with horns, escapes his fate of becoming another greasy dinner by climbing through a tiny hole in the fence at Farmer Jake's Processing Plant. He meets some friends in the jungle before planning a rescue mission to save all the other "pudges" and persuades the farmer to open a tofu dog factory instead. This book is a great way to teach kids about vegetarianism plus the brightly colored ink illustrations make each page fun to get lost in.

Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist

One single line carries you through every spread of the whole book forming the shapes for illustrations along the way. Kids run their finger along the line tracing undersea lands, a forest, a busy neighborhood and more. This book started a whole series of Follow the Line Books.

The Red Shoes by Sun Young Yoo and Gloria Fowler

An adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale, this version of The Red Shoes offers a positive message to young girls instead. The pen and ink illustrations are insanely detailed — every strand of hair is drawn on each character and it's waves lead your eye around the page. There is so much gorgeous patterning, you will be so amazed at the craftsmanship.

Kid-O Animal Homes Wooden Book by Kid-O

This wooden baby book has simply designed illustrations showing animals in their habitat- a rabbit in a grassy hole, a puppy in a doghouse, The flat colors are silkscreened directly on the wood so the colors are bright and bold. Perfect for a baby's first book.


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