The Penguin Drop Caps Series is a GORGEOUS series of 26 special edition classics in hardcover, that would make any booklover weak in the knees. Their covers feature an illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische, and create a lovely rainbow when displayed as a set.
I can’t believe it took me this long to discover these – they are so pretty and a great way to discover some reads you may not have considered otherwise. Penguin has so many great collections but this just might be my new favourite!
I bought myself the first five with a gift card I received for Valentine’s Day and ordered G, H, I, P, and X online which I know seems random but they’re the hardest to find evidently, so I grabbed them when I could. I’m still waiting for those to arrive, and dreaming of the other 16 I still need to get.
Are you in love with the series too? Have some of the books and need a few more to complete the set or want to buy the entire thing in one shot?? I’ve discovered an amazing online shop that will allow you to do just that. In fact if you love gorgeous books, you must check them out. JUNIPER BOOKS is based in Boulder, Colorado but they will ship internationally. If you’re a booklover, do yourself a favour and check out their book shop. Not only will you see so many of the beloved classics and series that we love to collect, but also some incredibly unique and beautiful custom book sets as well. Prepare to fall in love. Seriously.
Check out the full listing below!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
Five Childrenand It by E. Nesbit
Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
Candide by Voltaire
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Sky Burial by Xinran
When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats
I read every single day and more often than not, you’ll find me at home reading a good book. I am a party animal.
The last year or so, I read most of my books as ebooks, and read very few books in hand. I think many of us had an ebook moment. For me, that moment has mostly past. I am back to reading (and buying) actual books and I love it.
I’ve also discovered the book community on Instagram (bookstagrammers) recently, and am mildly obsessed. Honestly, I have no idea how it works or how one gets thousands of followers and likes, but that’s not really why I’m trying it out. I love it because I’ve discovered so many great books and collections by following the #bookstagram hashtag. One of these collections is the PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY.
The Penguin English Library is a collection of 100 beloved classics, with book covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. They are lovely and in paperback format, so they are very affordable. And their spines are dreamy, as you can see above, especially when displayed as a collection.
Aren’t they dreamy?? Check out 60 of the 100 below.
You can find these beauties in stores and online, although you might have to get resourceful if you’re after the entire set. I sadly don’t have any of these just yet, but they’re on the official husband-buy-me-these list for when he needs gift ideas (which is always). I’m partial to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters so I’m starting with those.
Do you own any of these Penguin English Library editions?? Check out the full list below:
Emma by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Evelina by Fanny Burney
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Howards End by E.M. Forster
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
New Grub Street by George R. Gissing
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Washington Square by Henry James
The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
Dubliners by James Joyce
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
Melmuth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
The Confidence Man and Billy Budd, Sailer by Herman Melville
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
Pamela by Samuel Richardson
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island and The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
I remember when I first discovered an Oliver Jeffers book was when I was in the bookstore with my then toddler son looking for something funny for his bedtime story that night. I just happened to find The Incredible Book Eating Boy on the shelf, and immediately adored the illustrations. And then I read it and fell in love with it’s story and just how funny it was. It became one of our absolute favourite family reads and led to our love of all things Oliver Jeffers. If you haven’t yet read anything written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, you are missing out. They’re creative, hilarious and will amuse your kids, regardless of their age.
Today is the release date of Oliver Jeffers’ newest book called The Hueys in What’s The Opposite? This is his latest book in The Hueys series, which explores the funny world of opposites. The Hueys are a quirky little bunch that will delight your children. The book is available in hardcover picture book and in board book formats today as well, so even your littlest one can enjoy this delightful book.
I’d love to share my love for Oliver Jeffers’ books with a giveaway today. This prize will include:
The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE? (hardcover picture book)
The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE (board book)
The Hueys in THE NEW SWEATER (board book)
The Hueys in IT WASN’T ME (board book)
The Hueys in NONE THE NUMBER (board book)
This giveaway is open to Canadian AND U.S residents and will run until January 21, 2016.
I’m going to be sharing my Holiday Gift Ideas all this week for those late shoppers like me who are still looking for great gift ideas. None of my lists are sponsored in any way – you’ll be seeing products I actually like, endorse, WANT and not because I’m paid or asked to do so.
First up, some fantastic children’s picture books for your little (and big) book lovers. These are all fun and special in their own way. I think they would make wonderful gifts and they’re a great way to bring joy without a huge investment. Books make the BEST gifts!!
This might just be the absolute coolest, most ingenious picture book I’ve seen in a very long time.
I must warn you however, because ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin, is actually two books in one. This awesome picture book turns into a ROBO-BOOK! Seriously. My kids and I were so impressed by how unique this picture book is. The illustrations by Daniel Salmieri are perfectly matched with this delightful story of how a boy who discovers how to turn himself into a robot.
Flash! Bang! Boom! You need to gift this cool book to your favourite little people this holiday season. I promise you they will love the twist at the end!! I shared it with a girlfriend at our local bookstore, and she immediately bought it for her boys.
Want to win a copy? Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books for their 12 Days of Picture Books giveaway promotion, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of SIX copies of ROBO-SAUCE, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY and TOMORROW!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/10/15. GOOD LUCK!
Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is written and illustrated by the incredibly talented and creative artist Donald Robertson. If you’re not following him on Instagram, you are missing out. I refer to him as the Canadian Warhol – the man has talent!
This lovely picture book is the story of Mitford the Giraffe who desperately wants to work for the fashion magazine Cover. If you know anything about fashion or fashion designers, you will delight in how creative this book is. You’ll encounter the talented Zap Possum, Shark Jacobs, and Mikael Boars just to name a few. The real star of this picture book is the illustrations – they are as Rachel Zoe would say, “Bananas.” Truly incredible.
Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is a fun story that kids will love as much as any adult. This is a winner under the tree this year for sure!
Want to win a copy? Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books for their 12 Days of Picture Books giveaway promotion, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of FIVE copies of Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/09/15. GOOD LUCK!
Books are the absolute BEST gift to give (and receive) this time of year. Or anytime of year quite frankly. A gorgeous picture book is a perfect way to show a little person in your life that you adore them. Why not gift them a book that will make them smile like Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn.
Look at that grumpy face!
This is a story about a little panda named Pom Pom who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, and is just a total grump. This is me, Monday to Friday – although I do tend to perk up on the weekends. This adorable tale follows Pom Pom on his grumpy day where nothing seems to go right, all the way until he gets to school. I wonder how his friends will feel about his grumpy attitude?
Pom Pom Panda is a sweet picture book that any little person would enjoy. The illustrations are SOOOO cute – just love them.
That is a face to love.
Would you like to win a copy for yourself?? For the next twelve days, Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of TWO copies of Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/04/15. GOOD LUCK!
Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History lays out the complete evolution of design, from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design – physical and digital – of today. This comprehensive volume covers every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created.
If you’re a fan of design, you will absolutely love this book. Smithsonian Design is a gorgeous coffee table book that covers all aspects of design. It takes the reader through the evolution of design, from the Arts & Crafts period (1850-1920) to the Mid-Century Modern (1940-1959) to the Postmodern & Contemporary of the 80s and onward, and everything in between. At the back of the book, you’ll also find a glossary of design terms and a designer index.
Smithsonian Design is full of large, gorgeous photographs that complement the book beautifully. In each section, key dates are outlined and after a brief description of the era, specific pieces are highlighted, naming the designer and estimated date of the piece. There are also several pages that focus on the evolution of the design of specific items, such as chairs. This really gives you a great glimpse of how the design has changed over the last century.
If you’re looking for #awesomegifts this holiday season, this is a winner. I’m such a fan of DK Canada coffee table books – they’re always such a beautiful and quality read. They have something for everyone, so make sure to click on the #awesomegifts graphic below to take you to some other great gift ideas from DK Canada. You can find DK Smithsonian Design online at Indigo.
You know, it’s very cool to colour these days. Personally I’ve always loved colouring – I just find it so relaxing and void of technology. Really you should try it – put down your phone and your iPad, turn your tv off and sit and colour. You get bonus points if you convince the children to join you.
Convince, bribe, force – you get the idea.
The lovelies at Penguin Random House just sent me the latest colouring book by artist Daria Song called The Time Chamber. Actually, it’s not just a coloring book but also a ‘magical story’ about a fairy who enters the human world when the clock strikes midnight. The Time Chamber features lovely illustrations that will appeal to all ages. And OWLS – owls will always garner bonus points in my book. My 9 year old and I both agree that this colouring book is a beautiful addition to our collection.
The Time Chamber is actually the second colouring book by Korean artist Daria Song. The Time Garden is her first and it is where we are first introduced to the lovely little fairy who explores at midnight. Either of these titles, or better yet both, would make a great gift for anyone (including yourself) who enjoys colouring,
The Time Chamber is available now in stores and retails for $20.99 in Canada ($15.99 U.S.).
Max and Marla is the story of Max and his bestie, his pet owl, Marla. But they’re not just besties, they’re also teammates AND Olympians. They’re adorably sweet, ingenious and always prepared.
This is just the loveliest children’s book about dreams, perseverance and friendship. They just refuse to give up on their Olympic dreams, no matter what is thrown their way.
The illustrations are perfectly matched to this sweet tale, from their matching outfits to the cute doughnut medals, each page will make you smile.
My nine year old thought Max and Marla was “really cute and funny” and I would have to agree. It’s adorable and perfect for children aged 3 years and up, although I’m a big fan of reading picture books to the younger babes too.
Max and Marla is the debut title by Alexandra Boiger, as both the author and the illustrator. It is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, and is available in stores now.