School Library Journal review of "Library Babies"
Lemay’s cheerful artwork depicts a group of babies and adults engaging in a variety of activities during a library visit. The illustrations elaborate on Puck’s enthusiastic text, as on the spread where “The children’s section is a favorite spot . . . where babies and older children have tons of things to do,” showing the tots watching a wall-mounted screen, playing with blocks and manipulative toys, and choosing and reading books. The text celebrates the elements of a library visit, from storytime and puppet shows to checking books out to enjoy at home... VERDICT Recommended for caregivers to use in discussing the steps of a library visit with their little one.”
Editorial Love for "TummyTime™: Happy Baby"
"One of the Best Books of 2019"
— Parents Magazine
"This is a tummy time game changer!”
— Dream Readers Kids
Reader Reviews of "Tummy Time: Happy Baby"
Very cute book!
Awesome book for tummy time and any time! My daughter loves it. (she is 9 months old)
—Melanie Cleary, amazon.com
My baby loves this!
Editorial Reviews of "Bookstore Babies"
" Bookstore Babies shows readers 0–4 the joys bookstores hold—including, of course, cats. Babies are depicted enjoying belly time and story time, practicing shapes and eating snacks and a page of text (with an illustration of a slightly stressed cat being chased by a happy toddler) points out that 'playing with the bookstore cat is always a treat!' "
—Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness
"This board book is full of illustrations by Violet Lemay of babies reading, being read to and playing in a bookstore. There is a list of activities and tips at the end of the book for new parents to engage little ones in words and play for even more learning (like 'find the hidden numbers' and 'point to the flags')."
— Chicago Parent
"A lively love note to bricks-and-mortar bookstores."
— Publishers Weekly
Reader Reviews of "Yes I Can!"
Teach your child that people with disabilities can do the same things as them only differently
I love this book. It has interesting dialogue and easy to understand examples of how Carolyn can do the same things as they do. The illustrations were cute and bright. They showed Carolyn’s disability in a light, fun way rather than convey it as a problem.
—Terrie Case, amazon.com and Goodreads
This helpful book for children illumines the concept of “gifts differing” though the story of Carolyn, a wheelchair-bound first grader. It shows her abilities and challenges with compassionate text and darling illustrations, and includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers that sensitively teaches the topic of inclusion in a way that children can readily grasp. 5 of 5 Stars.
—Literary Soirée, amazon.com and Goodreads
The illustrations are bright, animated and full of emotion. This would be a wonderful addition to a classroom and also an elementary school library.
While the book has clearly been written as an educational resource, it’s a fun, uplifting and heart-warming story that children will enjoy because of the many familiar themes and settings such as friendship, family, school and birthday parties. It would undoubtedly help children who have little experience with wheelchair users to understand and feel more comfortable around disabled peers.
The illustrations are bright, colourful and expressive, complementing the text nicely.
—Helen Ishmurzin, Goodreads
Editorial Review of "Artists and Their Pets"
"A successful survey of art history and a fun reminder of the special relationship between humans and animals."
Reader Reviews of "Artists and Their Pets"
Love all the interesting stories and information about the artists. It gained the attention of my students as well.
—Amanda Hamilton, Goodreads
Don't look now, but we're learning something about art!
My 9 YO son really enjoyed this book. The pets theme is fun but it's also a great way to introduce kids to a bit of art and cultural history involving a diverse range of individuals. Really accessible storytelling mixed in with fun illustrations. Highly recommended.
—Big Daddy, amazon.com
Did several art lessons around these artists and pets. Kids loved them.
—Sandee Hannaford, amazon.com
Great book. It’s a great way to help kids...
Great book. It's a great way to help kids connect with artist on a different level while letting us get to know the people behind the art.
Reader Reviews of "Babies Around the World: Dancing" from amazon.com
A little book of diversity for kids!
Super cute book for babies and kids. I like that the book covers different countries and teaches kids about diversity, highlighting western and non western places around the world. Beautiful colorful pictures as well that captures everyone’s attention. This will be my go to gift book to give kids from now on! Such a fun book!
Daughter's New Favorite
We love this book so much. My 2 year old loves seeing all of the babies and we have so much fun dancing along with the book. I love that we can have fun while also learning about different cultures and even a few words in many different languages. Your kiddos will no doubt love this colorful and fun trip around the world through traditional dances.
Perfect Baby Gift!
A sweet, sweet book that opens up important dialogue about different cultures around the world. Perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!
A Must Buy!
This book is so cute! I love how diverse it is. It's great to show my kids that there are other children all around the world who like to do the same things they do!
Perfect Gift for Small Children !
Perfect book for children just learning how to read. It will teach them diversity. It will teach them different cultures and to appreciate the differences and similarities in these cultures. It's cute and fun! Your child will LOVE it !!
Short and sweet get wiggles out book :0)
What a fun book to not only teach kids about other kids around the world but also to get them moving! This is a short and sweet book to read before bed to get some wiggles out! This will definitely be my go to book to gift little ones.
Great For Children
My daughter loved this book. Such an easy read and great way for kids to learn about other countries and beautiful differences.
Beautiful Book <3
Baby and I love this book! We love dancing and learning about other cultures.
Must have for children's collection
What an well made well written and illustrated book, colourful bright and keeps children’s attention. Absolutely love how the author wrote this. Beyond expectation
Makes for a Great Gift!
Great book!! Loved the colours and artwork, kids were very interested in it. It made for a perfect gift to give and read to nieces and nephews.
—Felicia J. Mickle
Loved the book and how it included many ethnicities! Little nephew loved it as well and reads it all the time!
Adorable children's book. Kids love it.
Adorable children's book.
Editorial Reviews of "Babies Around the World"
“A lovely portrait of kindness without borders.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
"This multilingual board book greets children in eight languages as it makes its way around the globe over the course of a day. Airy lines, a patchwork of patterns, and splashy colors create a mood of carefree energy in each city: 'Bom dia, mundo (Good morning, world),' offers a Brazilian baby as it crawls across a sandy Rio beach, the statue of Christ the Redeemer towering over the landscape in the distance. In Egypt, a woman wearing a Cairo T-shirt and hijab holds up her daughter, as though readers are a guest in their home: 'Marhabaan "asdiqa". (Hello, friends).' Although the languages aren’t identified, only the cities, it’s a lovely portrait of kindness without borders. Up to age 5."
— Publishers Weekly
"Babies-PreS-Babies and their families greet neighbors and friends throughout the day in New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, London, Paris, Cape Town, Cairo, Beijing, and Tokyo. The final spread has a papa bidding his baby "Nite nite!" in San Francisco. Fun digital collage landscapes grace each spread along with the standard greetings (and translations). A fun way to introduce different parts of the world and the universality of baby love around the globe." —School Library Journal
"A cheery board book to reinforce the oneness of babykind."
— Kirkus Reviews
Reader Reviews of "Babies Around the World" from Goodreads
As world citizens this book is perfect for my family. It really fosters a love of different languages and cultures.
...5 stars from the baby. It’s his new favorite. He likes the Cairo baby best, with Paris a close second.
Reader Reviews of "Babies Around the World" from amazon.com
Preschool Homeschooling Favorite!
Great for open ended conversation about continents and various cultures.
Recommended for all families. I think this is an essential for all families. I bought this for my preschool and it was a hit.
Babys i care for love this book.
—Mrs J Davis
Editorial Reviews of "100 Pablo Picassos"
From School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Readers will appreciate this concise introduction to Pablo Picasso. Each brief snippet about the artist's life is paired with a finely rendered, Picasso-esque cartoon illustration. A gentle sense of humor runs through these images, which also serve to personalize the man, from the cover, in which he walks with his pet dog Lump, to an illustration depicting him painting while in the bath. Each image of the artist (including self-portraits) is numbered, and by the end, children will discover that indeed, true to the book's title, there are 100 Picassos. A short summary of Picasso's life is appended, along with art citations for the works depicted. However, there is no index, making this selection more appropriate as a draw to entice young readers than as a source for research. Pair with Jonah Winter's humorous and vibrantly illustrated Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! (Scholastic, 2012). VERDICT This uniquely designed and well-thought out effort will find an audience among young art lovers.
—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
"A vivid introduction to the artist's life"
— Publishers Weekly
"The brisk text and Lemay’s gently humorous images hopscotch across details of Picasso’s professional and personal life, showing the artist creating pieces like Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, morphing into images from his work, conversing with individuals like Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, playfully engaging with pets, and more."
— Publishers Weekly
“ 100 Pablo Picassos is an utterly charming and informative tour through the life and career of Pablo Picasso. Enhanced by the wonderful art of Violet Lemay, this book cleverly introduces the work of the great 20th Century master to a new generation. Absolutely delightful!”
—Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso
Reader Reviews of "100 Pablo Picassos"
This book is perfect for my 6th grade primary students. Excellent pictures and curiosities about the artist.
Granddaughter loved reading it
My granddaughter loved it. Great way to promote learning about artists with children!
Women in leotards
This book is awesome! My kids loved learning about his life. Read with K-2 group and did have to say that one painting had "women in leotards" because it is unedited. Other than that, it was kept Elementary appropriate, and had one full page dedicated to cubism
I loved this book! It has so much information in it about Picasso. The illustrations are very good and show Picasso throughout his life. They highlight his art style and his most famous works. There are 100 pictures of Picasso in the book. You can keep track with the numbers on the pages or with the abacus on each 2 page spread. I am working towards reading "If Picasso Painted A Snowman" by Amy and Greg Newbold, and this is defiantly a book I will use to introduce Picasso to my students!
—Jennifer, originally published on Goodreads
Reader Reviews of "Hello, Ocean Friends" from amazon.com
Best High Contrast Book So Far
I just got this in the mail, and I am nothing but ecstatic. I bought the Hello, bugs high contrast book recently because of all of the rave reviews. But I've got to say, this book out does the other by a landslide! The quality of the book is MUCH nicer and the pictures and text grab my daughters attention so much better. The book's cover is not just made of a slick black texture, like the other. But it has a higher, almost chalky but not in a "gross too much texture kind of way" quality finish. I'm not sure how to describe it, almost like a Matte finish. And the book came in perfect condition, no indentions. Where as the other came with a few marks around the edges where it almost looked used.
Five stars. Will be purchasing all of the other books as well *very happy customer!
Excellent book for 0-3m
This book is fantastic! My son is 6w and we’ve been showing him the pictures in this book from when he had just come home. We could see how he would gaze at the pages (board) and as he changed he would really focus on the images and look around. It’s really fun to see him discover and we love showing him this high contrast book!
Next time I have a baby shower I’ll be sure to include this because I don’t think new parents realize the value of something like this. It’s a must have registry item.
My son loved these black and white books. He is 6 months now, and he still enjoys looking at the pictures in them. I don't know what it is about the high contrast that fascinates babies, but it definitely works. We have 3 different books but Ocean Friends is probably his favorite. He just loves the turtle! Definitely recommend if you are trying to find ways to entertain a baby.
5-week old LOVED
I hadn’t thought about needing a high contrast book. But during a 2am late night feeding/ Amazon shopping spree, I randomly bought this for our little boy. And let me tell ya, it’s his favorite thing ever. Bought it when he was 5 weeks old, and it was seriously the only thing he focused on. He would sit and stare at those pages for like 15 minutes. It was insane. We now give it as baby shower gifts. It’s a great price, and honestly just something you don’t think about needing.
Our baby is very interested in the excellent high contrast animal shapes and the fun patterns on the opposite page
Combination of black and white high contrast patterns and animal shapes is excellent!
Will buy this for other newborns in the future too!
Great black and white book for babies
Our 3 month old loved this book! We bought for Christmas but went ahead and read it a few times when we received it. Good length for babies. She loves the black and white contrast images. I'm already considering buying another by this brand.
Great for newborns
Great for newborns. My baby loves looking at these, which she could do from just a few days old. Other books and toys were
Too advanced for her, so it was great to have something that she could enjoy in those first few weeks home.
Would Highly Recommend for Newborns
My newborn loved this book. It's really engaging for them. Bought one for me friends newborn too and he loved it. I even bought two other in this series.
Brilliant book - very visually stimulating and a lovely bold design on all pages. Been using it with my newborn and he is very interested. A good purchase.
Cute and kinds funny.
I’m an ocean animal lover, so this book is great. My boy loves the contrasting pictures and each page has silly little ways of saying hello to each animal.
A great high-contrast book for baby
Such a cute book for baby! My little one loves this book especially with all the funky shapes on one page and the ocean animals on the other in the black and white contrast it really draws them in!
Reader Reviews of "Hello Ocean Friends" from Goodreads
This is another book that I was able to get from the library for Cassie. "Hello, Ocean Friends" by Violet Lemay is different ways to say hello and different type of ocean friends.
Cassie loved looking at this book and through a whole week she was often flipping the pages on her own looking at them. I loved how they were all in black white which is a huge contrast for even the youngest of babies. I also love how it's very simple text but gets the point across. Also shows the different ways a person can say hello. If you have a little kid be sure to check out this awesome book.
Baby loved this high contrast book. Tried to reach out to the pictures.
Probably my favorite in the series. I like that these books have very little words so they can be used in any language.
Fantastic board book! Black and white patterns on the left side of each page and a picture of an ocean animal on the right. Many ways to say "hello," such as "hola," "hey there," and "aloha." Baby Harris seems to focus on the pages, so the high contract black-and-white is appealing to him.
3 month old son loved looking at the different pages with the bold colors shapes and patterns
Reader Reviews of "Southern Babies" from amazon.com
Our baby's favorite book! (Hint: Read it with a Southern Accent!)
I picked up this cute book for our daughter's 1st birthday and didn't think much more of it, one day I read it to her with my thickest Southern accent and she has been hooked ever since. We read this book every night at her insistence (she is now 18 months old) and when it went missing once we immediately ordered a new one because routine is king, haha! She loves the babies kissing babies part most, and truly just really enjoys all of the little ones like her in the photos. So pick this one up, but be sure to read it in ya bess Suthaaan drawwww.
Love this book!
Very cute book. Definitely recommend. I have ordered this book for my children and nieces and nephews.
Great board book
Good content for our 16 month old. It should entertain him for the next year +.
Very cute and cover the south pretty well.
Editorial Reviews of "New York Baby"
"Babies take center stage in this ode to the youngest residents of New York City, which incorporates local sights, customs, and landmarks." —Publishers Weekly
"Headed to the Big Apple anytime soon? Even if you're not, this book will delight young world travelers who will learn about what other kids do in a big city. For extra fun on your future trip, the book contains I-spy type activities in the end pages." —Golden Gate Mothers Group magazine
"This book is positively adorable and must-have for all New York babies . . . and their moms. Highly recommended for all New York babies!" —www.bookingmama.net
"A great gift to give to someone who lives in the city or dreams of being there." —www.MogulBaby.com
Reader Reviews of "New York Baby" from amazon.com
Given to us as a gift and favorite of our toddler. It has been a favorite for almost a year now. Great drawings, fun content, lots to point out as the child gets older. Plus, babies love pictures (or drawings) of other babies.
—G & L
Great Baby Gift!
The book is adorable, the pictures are great! I bought the book as part of a baby gift and the mom loved it!
I like this charming book, but it's a little too sophisticated for my 20-month-old granddaughter. I hope she'll grow into it.
Awesome little book for New York babies
This is a fun book that depicts what life it like for a Manhattan baby in a super cute way. I love that my baby will be able to identify with the story--the strollers covered with plastic, the parks, the busy sidewalks, the apartments.
My daughter LOVES this! Two thumbs wayyy up! We read it almost every night before bed. Well worth it and sturdy too.
My grandson loved it!
—Blaine W. Tavares
Cute book to have just for remembering NYC
Very cute book! Bought it as a farewell message book for a friend and her son who was moving out of NYC.
Review of Isabella's Shoe Studio
I love how the personal story gets integrated and makes the kids participants (as designers). I think is brilliant.
I love the illustrations and the colours; The main character, Isabella, is smart and creative. Is a great book to introduce kids to the wonderful world of fashion while teaching them good values. I work in fashion as creative director and this book made me want to design my own shoes.
—Beatriz Juarez, originally published on amazon.com
Review of Isabella's Shoe Studio
Where was this book when I needed it most?
Whenever I bring out this book and show it to people they do their best "I could have had a V-8" head slap. Why didn't anyone think of this before? This book is the perfect gift for future fashionistas, aspiring illustrators, hands on learners, scribblers, outside of the box thinkers, and especially for all those kids who couldn't stop themselves from drawing in books and got yelled at for it. (Mom, I'm talking to you.) Violet LeMay has created a truly unique book- a book that encourages real interaction.
—Mrs. Heather, originally posted on amazon.com
Review of Isabella's Shoe Studio
This is such a great book. I was surprised by how big it is and how many activities there are in it for artistic expression and fun. It's one of those kinds of books you could easily take with you on a long car trip for the special little girls in your life---you'd never hear an unhappy peep from the back seat the entire trip once the crayons or colored pencils were handed out. I love the pretty shoes displayed in the book, though I'm especially partial to the Coco! This is a book and a game and an introduction to design all in one sweet package. A great gift!
—Kate Beaumont, originally posted on amazon.com
Review of NY Dogs
Such a cute, beautifully illustrated book! I saw this while searching for graphic novels / comics on New York and knew I had to read it! I recommended it to my local library, and to my delight, they bought it and I had it within two weeks! Very fun and funny book!
—Maria Rowe, Goodreads
Review of NY Dogs
ADORABLE! must have little coffee table book for any dog obsessed new yorker! I saw this book at a local indie bookstore and fell in love and had to buy it! Just the kind of fun little read I didn't even know I was looking for. Great art, funny captions!
—Sassafras Lowrey, Goodreads