#eeBooAroundTown Celebrating Independent Bookstore Day at Book Culture in NYC

Posted by design on Apr 26, 2016 in eeBoo Around Town, Just for Fun, Special Event, Special Interview

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In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, we had a chat with Annie at Book Culture on the Upper West Side in Manhattan for our latest in the #eeBooAroundTown series!  Book Culture is a favorite of the eeBoo staff, and all locations are just a hop & a skip from the eeBoo office!

Quick intro, who are you? Tell us a little about your store.

I’m Annie, co-owner of Book Culture, an independent bookstore in New York City. I began working in my local bookstore in Connecticut when I was 16 and fell in love with bookselling.  After college I came back to the store and  eventually became the manager and buyer. I still remember the day I discovered eeBoo at a trade show and couldn’t believe how beautiful it all was (that store, Books on the Common, in Ridgefield, CT still sells eeBoo!)

Looking for a fresh challenge, I moved to New York in 2006 to join Book Culture. We now have three stores, two of which have big children’s departments. I’m still very much a kid inside and I have loved creating and running the children’s shops. I now have my own child, Benjamin, who just turned two. We’re having a great time discovering books and toys together.

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 Where is your store located? How would you describe your local community?

Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side are both fantastic neighborhoods, full of families who appreciate good books and toys.  We love all the playgrounds in Riverside Park and Central Park and the Natural History Museum is around the corner from our Columbus Avenue store. When Ben gets tired of reading books at the bookstore he insists we walk over to the library (the St. Agnes branch on Amsterdam has a lovely, old-fashioned Children’s Room).

How long has your store been open? Tells us a little about your aesthetic. What kind of goods do you sell?

Book Culture, originally called Labyrinth Books, opened in 1997 as a scholarly and academic bookstore in the Columbia University neighborhood. By 2009 the neighborhood was filled with young families, so we opened a second shop around the corner with books (and gifts and toys) for the whole family. In 2014 we opened another neighborhood store on the Upper West Side.

We encourage families to come and spend time in our shop, reading books and experimenting with toys. Our children’s rooms are full of fun nooks, places to curl up and read or daydream.

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 What were your favorite toys to play with as a child?  What was your favorite book as a child ?

I played pretend for hours on end as a child and used everything I could get my hands on in my games. I dressed up and played house or restaurant or library.  I would have loved eeBoo’s new pretend play sets.

Growing up, I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little house books and the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Other favorites were The Borrowers, Strawberry Girl and Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books.

 Which eeBoo product is your favorite? Why?

My long-time favorite eeBoo product is the Life on Earth Matching Game. But I’m looking forward to getting to know the puzzles, games and art supplies much more intimately as Ben gets older.

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 Tell us about some nearby spots in your neighborhood

In Morningside Heights the best place to eat is Community Food & Juice.  It’s casual but upscale and has excellent, fresh food.  One of the best bagel places in town, Absolute Bagels, is just a few blocks away.

There are tons of restaurants near our store on 82nd Street. My personal favorite is Peace Food Cafe, a vegan restaurant with especially delicious baked goods.

 

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  #eeBooAroundTown showcases the many small businesses that we work with around the country!
Small businesses are vital to local communities, and are the beating heart of our business.
small retailers,  want to participate in our eeBoo Around the Town series? reach out to samantha@eeboo.com

 

New Art Book: Learn to Draw People by Kevin Hawkes!

Posted by design on Jun 23, 2016 in Articles we like!, Learning through Looking, Special Interview

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Here at eeBoo, a few of our team members used this art book– and created the doodles shown above!

Send us YOUR drawings on Facebook or Instagram , tag them with #eeboolearntodraw

Learn to Draw People, a new art book from Kevin Hawkes and eeBoo

A wonderful addition to our Learn to Draw series, the new Learn to Draw People Art Book includes tons of fun drawing tips, as well as humorous and witty editorial comments about the art of drawing and sketching.  Full of helpful hints and illustrations that build on skills you learn as you go, this book will help you develop your own drawing style and build your confidence with a beautiful visual foundation.  Perfect to pair with our new sketchbooks and upcoming graphite pencils!

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Saxton Freymann on Illustrating for Children

Posted by design on Jun 17, 2016 in Just for Fun, Special Interview, Uncategorized

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Sequences and Before & After, illustrated by Saxton, promote logical ordering and help build executive function skills. While practicing these activities children are improving memory and recall, articulation of beginning, middle and end, and prediction, all of which are crucial for strong reading comprehension. Retailers, this item is now shipping! Consumers, you can find these products at your local eeBoo stockist, or on shop.eeboo.com

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eeBoo’s New Beauty of Color Flash Cards

Posted by design on Jun 10, 2016 in Articles we like!, Just for Fun, Special Interview

The Beauty of Color Flashcards are a vibrant deck of 48 color cards featuring a wide array of unusual colors. Encouraging a rich vocabulary, a careful eye towards color differentiation, and an exploration of the history and etymology of colors, our Beauty of Color flash cards appeal to a wide range of adults and children. Retailers, come see one at one of our upcoming trade shows. Consumers and fans of eeBoo, these will be available at your local stores and our website late Summer 2016.

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Below the Surface 1008 Piece Puzzle- A Review!

Posted by design on May 20, 2016 in Just for Fun, Product Feature

I’m Madeleine, a former employee and fan of eeBoo. I’ve always been a fan of grand gestures with a dramatic flair, which is why I decided that my family should meet my boyfriend’s family in a mansion that can be only be described as an evil villain’s lair. Sure, they could have met in Kansas City, where they both live, but what is the fun in that? That is how it came to pass that we spent a week in a four-story Airbnb mansion in Colorado. What we didn’t expect was the daily snow that comes with staying on top of a mountain in late April. Thank goodness I brought the eeBoo Below The Surface 1008 piece puzzle!

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 We cracked open the box and sat at the table near the cozy fire to start flipping all of the pieces right side up. What I love about this puzzle is that everyone can work on it at once from all sides and angles. Monika Forsberg‘s art is orbicular around a central starfish that acts as the puzzle’s Northern Star. The first day we didn’t get very far. We put together some of the edges and started grouping together the schools of fish. I named myself the Boat Captain and started collecting the pieces for all the boats. I hoping the nickname Boat Captain will stick, so please continue to call me that.

Day two: we got all of the edges together, then we really started cooking with oil. Pieces were flying left and right. The box was handed around, so that people could look at the the artwork we needed to put together. We worked as a team on the coral. I placed the final ducks and swans around the edges. As a team, we dove into the schools of fish deep below the surface.

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 Day three: our spirits were higher than ever. We knew we would complete the puzzle that day. This puzzle is challenging, because there are very similar schools of fish and birds on different sides of the puzzle. You may think that you found a piece that goes with the section you are working on, only to discover that it goes on the opposite side. I may be a mere Boat Captain, but I would say this is the hardest 1008 piece puzzle that I’ve ever put together (and the only 1008 piece puzzle). I’d recommend the Below the Surface puzzle for older kids and adults to work together on. Thanks eeBoo, for helping our families come together. We had a blast below the surface!

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Images & review for eeBoo by Madeleine Burkart.

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#NSS2016 What’s New at eeBoo’s booth #2427

Posted by design on May 11, 2016 in Press Articles, Product Feature, Special Event

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A beautiful display #eeBooAroundtheWorld

Posted by design on May 6, 2016 in Be Crafty!, Diy, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

This beautiful eeBoo craft display is going off to Japan! #craft #eeboo #felt #pompoms #pipecleaners #DIY #display #eeBooAroundTheWorld

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Celebrate Screen Free Week- May 2nd-8th!

Posted by design on Apr 27, 2016 in Just for Fun, Special Event

Click the image to enlarge eeBoo’s screen free recommendations + to hear a word from our founder Mia on creativity instead of screens.

eeBoo supports Screen Free Week. Click below for more information!

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#craftyweekend Spring Floral Wall Art

Posted by design on Apr 15, 2016 in #craftyweekend, Be Crafty!, Diy

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10254009_1208200635860334_5345592108143664436_nIt’s warming up & spring is in bloom. Lillian at eeBoo created this fun Spring Floral Wall Art! This is a great way to re-purpose those pop-stick snowflakes we made in December!

Note, If you are starting off from scratch, you will just need to grab some pop sticks, hot glue, and a long piece of ribbon. Glue your pop sticks together in the shape of a starburst to make the frame to hang your felt floral pieces on. Tie the ribbon around the middle connector and it is ready to hang!

 

 

 

 

 

 What you will need:

-Felt sheets in bright colors and varying shades of green

-Scissors

-Glue Stick or Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

Start with your bright floral colored sheets and cut out as many medium and small circles as you can fit per sheet. Mix it up as the varying sizes look great together!

Once you have cut out all the circles you can make, take each circle and cut 4-6 notches around the edges for your petals.

After all the notches are cut into the circles, it is time to shape your petals. The shape Lillian used was the top of a heart, but you can use any petal top shape that you would like.

Rotate each circle until all the petals are shaped the way you would like them. You will find that some of the small circles fit nicely as centers for the larger ones, you can match them up and if you need any more centers, use your scraps to make more.

Take your green felt sheets and cut in 4 inch strips. Then take each strip and cut out rows of ragged cat eye shapes. Leaves are just as unique as flowers so the more ragged or differently shaped the better!

Once all the flowers and leaves are cut out, organize so you can put them on the pop stick frame.

Use your glue stick or hot glue gun to adhere the flowers on first. I started with covering the places that the pop sticks connect to give each flower a bit of space. Once you have added all the flowers you would like, then go in and add the leaves in the blank spots. Mix up the colors and sizes so that it feels more alive.

Once everything is glued on, give it a once over for loose strings or felt that may need extra glue. Let your hanging dry for a bit, to make sure nothing falls off if you have used a glue stick.

Once dry, you are ready to hang to give your space a bit of spring cheer!

 

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Meet Brandon Reese, Illustrator of Make a Pie and Time Telling Games!

Posted by design on Apr 13, 2016 in Articles we like!, Just for Fun, Special Interview

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