Being a mother of a new baby, I am always on the lookout for exceptional children's books. Elise's nursery is currently stocked with all the classics- from Dr. Suess to The Very Hungry Caterpiller- she seems to have it all. But a few weeks ago- an extra special children's book came in the mail:
It's my pleasure to introduce you to Freddie's Blanket by Joanna Johnson. Freddie's Blanket combines two things I love: a lovely children's story (which is by the way- beautifully illustrated) and knitting patterns. That's right- could you have a more perfect book for a child of a knitter?
I had the pleasure of meeting Joanna last year at TNNA and was so excited about her work. Not only is she just about the sweetest person ever, she is captivating to talk to. She shared with me all about her first book, Phoebe's Sweater. She had an idea for a children's book with knitting patterns but couldn't get published. Did this stop her? No way. Her and her husband (who does the illustrations for the books) started their own publishing company- Slate Falls Press.
Now, less than a year later, they have already come out with their second book and are working on a third. Talk about making your dreams a reality. As soon as I got home from TNNA I purchased a few copies of Phoebe's Sweater for my knitterly friends and family.
A few months ago Joanna contacted me to let me know she was working on her second book, and asked for permission to use the French Press Felted Slippers as illustration inspiration- here's a sneak peak:
Can you tell what Mama Platypus is wearing on her feet(there are more throughout the book- you'll have to pick up a copy to see them all!)? As cool as this is, I think this may be even cooler:
It's always fun the see your name in print!
Besides sending me a review copy, Joanna has also offered to giveaway a copy of the book here on my blog.
For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Thursday March 3 at 11:59 EST.