eeBoo Around Town: Summer at Nantucket Bookworks!

Posted by design on Jul 6, 2017 in eeBoo Around Town, Just for Fun, Special Interview, Uncategorized

Happy Summer! We headed to the beach to learn more about eeBoo’s long-time retailer  located on Nantucket Island- Nantucket Bookworks! Read all about them- and their summer reading picks below!

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Quick intro, who are you? Tell us about your store!

We are Nantucket Bookworks – a funky little shop located at 25 Broad Street and thirty miles out to sea on Nantucket Island. We have an eclectic mix of a little bit of everything from books, toys, games, greeting cards, and party accessories. Our Children’s Room features a book tree and is the perfect spot for the young and young at heart. We host Story Times every Saturday morning and just opened Barnaby’s Place – a new kid’s café featuring Nantucket’s Barnaby Bear. It’s a place where kids can meet, eat, read, and create. Above the shop is Second Story Loft, a luxury three-bedroom literary oasis available for weekly rentals or events. Nantucket Bookworks is one part of Nantucket Book Partners – two island independent bookstores together with Mitchell’s Book Corner. Visit both for the full story!

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How long has your store been open? Tell us your inspiration for opening! 

Nantucket Bookworks originally opened in 1972. Our goal is to put a good book and a great gift in the hands of our customers. Our inspiration for opening was to bring an alternative bookstore to the community! 

What were your favorite toys to play with as a child?
Bookworks manager Suzanne’s favorite toy was her Steiff animals. Steiff has been around since 1880 and makes tradtional German plush toys, they’re really beautiful and handmade. Suzanne and best friend of 50 years used to collect Steiff Piff mice as children and would make worlds for them in a tiny closet. Her friend is now aptly a stylist+prop manager, it was meant to be!

Which eeBoo toy is your favorite? 
We love the eeBoo watercolors and Italian watercolor paper and are partial to all of the “Sea & Whale” designs from eeBoo. We carry so much of your line, but we find that visitors want to take home a souvenir that is unique and represents the area.

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Which eeBoo toy is your favorite? 
We love the eeBoo Italian water colors and water color paper and are partial to all of the “Sea & Whale” designs from eeBoo.

Suggest some local fare. What is your favorite dish, snack, or drink in your neighborhood?
We have some of the most beautiful beaches that are fun for the whole family. We recommend getting a snack at Barnaby’s Place, grabbing a book at one of our book shops, and reading it at a beach of your choice. After the beach, swing by Cisco Brewery, a great place for live music and a cold drink. You can bring the whole family, even the dog!

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Give us some summer reading recommendations! What do you suggest?

For adults, we recommend these new books -
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
From our local best-selling authors and “queens of the beach reads”-
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
*You can order signed copies from Nantucket here! 

For kids -Ben’s Revolution by local historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick. Also from Nathaniel Philbrick is In the Heart of the Sea and Away Off Shore, two books perfect for Nantucket history buffs.

Thank you, Nantucket Bookworks!

Are you a small retailer? Do you carry eeBoo? We want to hear from you!

#eeBooAroundTown showcases small businesses we work with from all over! Small businesses are vital to local communities, and are the heart of our business. Do you want to participate in our #eeBooAroundTown series? Reach out to samantha@eeboo.com for inclusion!

All photos provided by Nantucket Book Partners, 2017.

 

Meet our *Best Toy Award* Winners

Posted by design on Nov 4, 2016 in Award, Product Feature, Special Event, Uncategorized

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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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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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#craftyweekend Felt Mouse Paperweight

Posted by design on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

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What you will need:

- One pack of Felt sheets

We used our Pansy Felt Sheet Pack  (three different colors – dark, medium, light)

-Cotton balls

-Pebbles

-Scissors

-Embroidery thread

-Needle

 Directions:

 Cut shapes out of your felt

Dark color: cut a long curved strip and two small teardrop shapes

Medium color: Cut heart shape (about 1/3 the size of full sheet)

Light color: Cut small heart, two medium teardrop shapes, and two circle shapes

 Begin sewing on the pieces of your mouse.

 First, stack your tear drop shapes, two stacks, dark color on bottom. Sew each one on either side of the bottom of your large heart shape. To make sure they are even, fold heart in half and place them where you think the eyes would be. Sew to each flat side in one stitch.

 Second, above the eyes on the edge of your heart shape, pinch one of your circle felt shapes and sew one to each flat side.

 Third, Fold your heart in half and place the small heart over the seam, and begin sewing together. Once you reach the top of the heart, insert the end of the long strip and secure.

 Leave about an inch open to add cotton balls inside, and insert a couple pebbles in the bottom so that it sits upright.

 When it is completely stuffed, finish stitching to close and secure with a knot.

 This little mouse is now ready to hold down stacks of important papers!

 

5 Things You Should Know About eeBoo!

Posted by design on Apr 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

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eeBoo picks by age!

Posted by design on Dec 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Scholastic Parent & Child Reviews eeBoo’s Pre-School Bug Dominoes!

Posted by design on Aug 22, 2012 in Press Articles, Product Feature, Uncategorized

Scholastic Parent & Child‘s September issue includes eeBoo’s Pre-school Bug Dominoes in the review  ”Games and toys that play up shapes, numbers, and patterns reinforce basic MATH SKILLS — plus, they’re a blast!

eeBoo’s Pre-school Bug Dominoes use color, shape, and numbers to match one piece to the next in a growing chain of dominoes. Younger children strengthen their recognition skills as they use color and shape to select an appropriate piece. When kids are old enough to count, they can  use the number of bugs in each image to determine the right piece — expanding this playfully educational experience to include basic math.

eeBoo’s Pre-school Bug Dominoes includes 28 pieces with beautiful illustrations by Julia Gorton.  The game is made out of thick and durable 90% recycled gray-board. Scholastic Parent and Child describes the “recycled materials and lively art” as giving this “classic matching game a fun modern twist.”

eeBoo’s Pre-school Dominoes is for ages 3 and up, and retails at $13.00. The Pre-school Bug Dominoes has won the Oppenheim Best Toy Award – Gold Seal! If you love eeBoo’s Pre-school Bug Dominoes, check out eeBoo’s Pre-school Picture Dominoes! eeBoo produces 12 other Pre-school Matching Games and 6 Puzzle Pairs, also designed for children of Pre-school age!

You can read Scholastic Parent & Child’s review here.

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I Never Forget A Face Matching Game on CBS News!

Posted by design on Jun 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last weekend one of our favorite eeBoo games got some serious screen time during an CBS News story about same-sex couples raising children. The family being interviewed were playing this much loved eeBoo classic during the interview!

Watch the video here: CBS news video clip.

I Never Forget A Face is a classic concentration game with matching pairs. Match children from around the world, including children from places as diverse as France, Haiti, Iraq, and Tanzania. Not only does I Never Forget a Face build memory and concentration skills, but it provides an opportunity for parents and children to talk about diversity and different parts of the world.

 

 

Toys are Tools: eeBoo Art Books Encourage Success!

Posted by design on Apr 4, 2012 in Press Articles, Product Feature, Uncategorized

After visiting us at Toy Fair, Toys are Tools, a site for thoughtful toy reviews with an emphasis on education,  selected our Art Books for one of their in-depth reviews. Every Toys are Tools interview includes the feedback of an expert in the field, as well as that of the chief editor. After trying out our middle-difficulty Learn-to-Draw book by Melissa Sweet, the reviewers had some very nice things to say!

The review delves into many of the uniquely advantageous aspects of the book, with a special emphasis on its ability to inform without intimidating children, even sparking them to practice on their own. As the editor says, “I think this “workbook” is probably the first workbook I saw where kids finish the page and then grab blank sheets of paper to keep the lesson alive.”

Although Toys that Teach focuses on the Drawing Book by Melissa Sweet, they also mention Lizzy Rockwell’s Simple Forms and Kevin Hawk’s Drawing Animals as having great instructional and inspirational potential!

Check out the new eeBoo Learn-to-Draw Art Books and the rest of our new products here!

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