Tuesday, July 05, 2016

2nd Annual D'Aulaire Sale!


2nd Annual D'Aulaire Special

Just $10 each for a limited time!

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We have had the privilege of publishing the beloved works of Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire for over twenty years. Last year we offered these amazing children's books for just $10 each and we're doing it again! For those that missed out or have yet to discover these classics you have another opportunity! From July 5th to July 15th you can get one or all seven D'Aulaire biographies for just $10 each. Here's what our customers have to say:


"The D'Aulaire books are a no-brainer for any family, even if you aren't homeschooling."

"Every family should own this set of books!"

"Love the D'Aulaire's books! Not only are they great stories, but the pictures are beautiful."

"I'm thrilled to have my kids reading them."

"So well written that the line between learning and enjoying a fascinating book becomes, as it should be, happily blurred."

"The D'Aulaire books are hands down the best biographies for young students."

"They capture my kids attention (and mine too!)"

"Engaging stories woven together with rich words and beautiful illustrations."

"These books are these most beautifully illustrated children's biographies to be found!"

"We love them and will read them over and over."

See the recent feature on Abraham Lincoln in Publishers Weekly.
(Limited time offer. Not to be combined with other discounts or offers.)

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Second Annual d'Aulaire Sale starts Tuesday!

For a limited time:

From July 5th to July 15th you can purchase the award-winning d'Aulaire biographies for only $10.00 each! These are the books that inspired our venture into publishing over 20 years ago. Beautifully illustrated, impeccably researched, these books belong in every home schooling family's library. Normally priced at $17.95, you can choose any title for only $10.00 starting Tuesday, July 5. The sale will run to July 15.

If you don't know about the d'Aulaires, here's some information on their amazing story:

The beautiful books of Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire have been loved for generations of young readers and are one of the reasons Beautiful Feet Books exists today! At the beginning of the Berg's homeschooling journey it was the discovery of Leif the Lucky, Abraham Lincoln, and the d'Aulaires' other wonderful biographies that showed us history was about the fascinating stories of real people. Mr. and Mrs. d'Aulaire's wonderful ability to capture the every-day details of life, their impeccable research, engaging writing style, and gorgeous illustrations truly brought history to life. We know many of you love their books and thought we would share with you some information on this remarkable husband and wife team.

Edgar was born in Munich, Germany in 1898 to an Italian father and American mother. Edgar's father was a noted painter and his mother was a also an artist as well as a musician. Edgar began studying architecture but after only one year enrolled in the Munich School of Arts and Crafts. During his education Edgar studied under Henri Matisse as well as Hans Hofman and traveled to Italy to study fresco. He exhibited in Paris, Berlin, and Oslo and seems to have been fairly successful. Ingri was born in Kongsburg, Norway in 1904 and it appears she pursued art from the beginning. She studied in Norway and Germany as well as France. The couple met in Munich and were married in 1925. They moved to Paris and lived a sort of Bohemian artist life and often talked about immigrating to the United States. Upon receiving a small settlement following a trolley crash Edgar made his way to New York where he worked and saved to bring Ingri over. The two lived in a cold, walk-up apartment in Brooklyn and set to work establishing themselves in the art world.

The director of the New York Public Library took a liking to their work and encouraged them to write children's books. This began a life-long collaboration that would result in some of the best children's books published during the 20th century. Initially they focussed on myths and fairy tales, publishing their first children's book, The Magic Rug, in 1931. That was followed by Ola. Eight years later they would have a son and name him Ola! It wasn't until 1936 that they began writing historical biographies, the first being their well-loved George Washington. Soon their books became well known for the sumptuous illustrations. The process of recreating their drawings in all their lovely detail and folksy personality involved a painstaking and labor-intensive process known as stone lithography. Each illustration was carved four times on to Bavarian limestone slabs. The purpose for carving four times, was each slab was used for a different primary color. The slabs were then inked and the illustrations were printed using the slabs. The advantage of using this method was it preserved the remarkable hand-drawn quality the d'Aulaires were known for. 

What many people do not know is that along with being talented artists, the d'Aulaires were also talented researchers and historians. Fluent in a combined five languages, the couple poured themselves into the research for each book. From traveling Italy, Portugal, and Spain while researching Columbus, to camping in the wild spaces of Kentucky and Illinois while studying Abraham Lincoln, and combing through national archives while writing George Washington, the d'Aulaires spared no effort.


In 1939 the d'Aulaires published Abraham Lincoln and were awarded the Caldecott medal for their work. They continued to work together producing 27 works, many of which have been reprinted in the past ten years. We are so honored to have been able to reprint seven of their biographies. You can check them out on our website. 

Sources:

New York Review Books: Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Wikipedia: Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Facebook: d'Aulaires' Children's Books


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Publishing History

Following up from the article on the d'Aulaires, I thought we could share a bit more about our publishing history. As you know, Leif the Lucky was our first publishing "baby." Once we dipped our toes in the world of children's publishing, we found that we loved it and as more and more of the books we relied on for our study guides fell out-of-print, we began meeting with authors, their children and heirs, in order to seek permission to bring their works back in to print. It has been quite the adventure! We now publish books that are used in dozens of different curricula, are carried in museum shops around the country, and are beloved members of many of your home libraries. It's been such an honor to play a part in preserving this literary and historical heritage for the next generation. Here are the books we currently publish. They can all be viewed here.

                              

                           

                   

                        

                     
            
                        

                   

                           
 
                       

                               
 
                                    

                              


Which of these titles have you read? Any favorites? Let us know. And if you have suggestions for favorite historical titles that are no longer available, contact us. We're always looking for "new" books to add to our collection.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Preserving the d'Aulaire Legacy

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As many of you know, Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire was the first book we published here at BFB. It was a huge leap of faith and felt very risky at the time but Russ and Rea's commitment to preserving a literary legacy helped them push through and our little publishing company now publishes dozens of great books from a bygone era of children's literature. The d'Aulaires have always held a special place in our hearts and we were thrilled to learn that the folks at Atlas Obscura were curious about the husband and wife team. Check out this article to learn more about how we publish these books, how the d'Aulaire's conducted research, and how we're creating a new edition of Abraham Lincoln that fully restores the d'Aulaire's artwork to its original glory while updating some of the pictures. It's been a rewarding and challenging process and Rea has put her heart into it. You can read the article here. Just note that some of the other articles on the website are of a more mature nature.
If you would like to read more about the d'Aulaires, check out this entry.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Why BFB? And...the winner!

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Check out our first video explaining why choosing BFB for your history curriculum makes sense! We hope you enjoy it and find it inspiring. And, now what you've all been waiting for, the winner of our $150.00 giveaway....Tamar Waht! Congratulations! Contact us to claim your prize. And thank you to everyone who participated. We loved reading through your reviews and comments. They provide such helpful feedback and aid us in constantly improving our products.

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Get Your Entries In!!


We're extending our giveaway one day so that those of you who submitted reviews but don't have links can get those entries in! Simply comment on the original blog post with the title of the book/item/pack/study guide that you reviewed on bfbooks.com. For Google+, Facebook, and homeschoolreviews.com reviews, provide the link. Again, winner will be chosen from those who leave comments on the original giveaway post. Winner will be announced on Wednesday!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Summer Reading Aloud

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As you know, we're huge advocates of reading aloud! And we love that summer time can provide the space to read aloud even more if it's made a priority. In order to keep the reading light and fun for everyone there are a few things to keep in mind. Summer reading selections should be interesting for both parents and children. This great article provides some great suggested titles. Also, let conversations about the books develop organically. Try not to force certain points on your children but ask questions about themes, characters, and plot line. You may be surprised at where these discussions take you. Keep in mind that the benefits of reading aloud do not end when your child can read independently. We would argue that reading aloud as long as your children are at home has enormous benefits for family relationships and culture. Finally, give your children the freedom to move as they listen. This article provides 50 Alternatives to Sitting Quietly During Read Aloud Time.

Here are some resources for choosing great read-alouds this summer!

Read-Aloud Revival's Book List

Read-Aloud Favorites for Toddlers (that parents will enjoy too!)

Family Read-Alouds Part I

Family Read-Alouds Part II

Family Read-Alouds Part III

Family Read-Alouds Part IV 

Newbery Award Winners

Caldecott Award Winners

Don't forget to enter our $150.00 giveaway! Details here.

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