September 19, 2012

Side by Side {Book Review and Giveaway}

Whenever I come across a book or website that encourages art making in children, it pleases me, hoping that it might foster a lifelong love of the arts in a young person.  Even more exciting is when the activities invite adults to create alongside children.  After all, we adults need to reconnect with that imaginative side that often lies dormant under the obligations of everyday life.

Most recently, I had the chance to review Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting with Your Kids, a new book by blogger Tsia Carson from Roost Books.
This book is a great resource for parents and caregivers for creating art with their children using simple, fairly open-ended projects that don't require fancy materials or specialty tools.

Tsia Carson, who blogs at SuperNaturale, (a blog that I now eagerly have subscribed to, having only discovered it through this book) is keen on encouraging a collaborative art-making relationship between children and adults.  That doesn't mean that we caregivers are stuck making googly-eyed puppets along with the kids.  The projects in this book are suitable for both adults and kids, and are adaptable for all ages, like the Pom Pom garland.
 And how cool is this giant newspaper snowflake?  I totally want to make one!
Carson focuses on using natural and recycled materials throughout the book, which also pleases me.  From objects collected on a nature walk to things found in our own kitchens, the projects in this book are inspiring and beautifully photographed.
 

Side by Side is a great addition to your home library; I'm eager for my boys to pull it out on an "I'm bored" day to engage in some creative "together time".
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Side by Side for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

22 comments:

  1. i think playful learning looks like a great book too!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  2. That book looks fantastic! I think C and I could have fun with that, maybe in another year or so... I love that it uses stuff around the house because I'm very rarely in the mood to schlep all the way to Michael's for supplies!

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  3. Well, you know I love La Tartine Gourmande and The Creative Family. I'm a big fan of Roost Books!

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  4. I really want to start crafting more with Jayden. I am OCD about mess making though, primarily since we rent. I'm looking forward to suggestions in Side by Side.

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  5. The handmade home book looks like fun!

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  6. I love crafts for kids that leave you with something you actually want to keep. Busywork crafts annoy me.

    Ruby Star Wrapping and The Write Start look like we'd get a lot of use out of them.

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  7. They all look great but I like Carefree clothes for girls since I am learning how to sew!

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  8. I want ALL of their sewing books! The Linen, Wool, Cotton book is probably my number one choice though.

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  9. I also like the Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  10. I like that the book uses easy to find and inexpensive materials. My kids have always done SO many projects, it can get expensive.

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  11. I am not very artsy and this would make doing art with my kids easy!

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  12. It's a great way to foster creativity with the people who love the kids the most ;)

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  13. like the Pop-Up Cards book.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  14. I love crafts for kids that look fun. eclairre(At)ymail(dot)com

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  15. I have been wanting Carefree Clothes for Girls.

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  16. I want The Write Start. I checked it out once and I want it to have permanently!

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  17. My daughter and I love crafting, so this would have loads of good ideas!

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  18. I like Rip the Page!Adventures in Creative Writing, looks creative and fun.

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  19. I also like their book Pop-Up Cards by Mari Kumada because I am a card maker. I love to get new ideas and learn new techniques!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Carefree Clothes for Girls looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    kconklin1028@gmail.com

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  21. I am always looking for ways to encourage creativity in my kids and myself

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