April 22, 2015

Die KinderTSeitung

The Kindertseitung (children's paper) is a non-profit project by German graphic designer Daria Holme and in its fifth year now. You find the Tseitung in selected stores or you can order it online. It is not sold for little money at the supermarket and it is not as colourful as the common children's magazines. What you get are 52 pages full of creative ideas. The Kindertseitung is self-published twice a year, it comes with a colouring poster, sticker or booklet and without any advertising. Each issue is dedicated to a special theme like Water, Alphabet, Red, Night, Danger etc. and each spread is designed by a different artist, graphic designer, photographer or illustrator, all of whom don't get any money for their contributions. The theme of the next issue is always published online in advance, so anyone can send in a contribution proposal!

 All images: Die Kindertseitung

Read the interview with Daria Holme at Frozenbanana. All the artists are listed here, among them Jan von Holleben, Mirthe Blussé, Julia Schenk, Mareike Engelke (to name a few ...). To order the Kindertseitung click here!

April 09, 2015

Fani Marceau / Joelle Jolivet: Wo bist du?

"Wo bist du?" has originally been published in French by helium in 2012 ("Dans le livre"), in 2014 in English by Chronicle Books ("In this Book") and finally in German by Aladin last month. This picture book tells not a single story, instead the short repetitive lines under each picture invite to all kinds of stories, always answering to the question "Where are you?" - "I'm in the tunnel, said the train. I'm in the apricot, said the pit. I'm in the forest, said the wolf." Children always want to know about their place in the world, don't they? So this book is a good starter to show them how even the tiniest thing has its place in a larger world. The last page features a dad with his son - and there is the answer: "And me (where I am?), I am in your arms". With 67 answers there is a lot to discover and it's not boring at all to look at the wonderful drawings by Joelle Jolivet. My 4 year old told me his favourite pages: the one with the spider, the tiger and the plane. Good taste, son.

Fani Marceau and Joelle Jolivet worked together as well at "Bei Tag und bei Nacht" (Vues d'ici). I'm also a huge fan of Joelle Jolivet's pinguins books (together with Jean-Luc Fromental).