This is the best! Here is your inspiration for today, a video of the 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing “Kashmir”, “The Ocean”, and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. These musicians are all students between the ages of 7-12, and each learns several different instruments as part of the program: xylophones, marimbas, vibraphones, drums, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. Watch the video below and try not to smile! Their faces at the end are priceless.
Heads up to everyone living in Vancouver and New York, the annual event known as A Good Book Drive is currently running until the end of the month in both cities. The project is a simple way to encourage a new generation of readers and to get good books into the hands of kids who need new ones.
All you have to do is buy a copy of your favourite kid’s book and drop it off at one of the drop-off sites. At each site they will give you a giant sticker to put inside the front cover, to be used to write a special note to the kid that will receive your book.
If you follow them on Instagram you’ll be able to see what book I donated when it gets shared there (should be soon).
See a full list of Vancouver and New York drop-off locations below!
My friends Jasper and Amy have started a fun little clothing brand, aimed at kids ages 2-10, called Big Bad Wolf. Designs will be released each month from an impressive list of artists including: James Jean, Nychos, Dabs Myla, Tristan Eaton, Andrea Wan, Evah Fan, Madsteez, and many others. The shirt above was designed by artist Yoskay Yamamoto.
Something tells me they’re gonna do alright! You can follow the project on Instagram @bigbadwolfkids.
I got a nice package from the wonderful people at Anorak Magazine and I am completely blown away. This is my new favourite publication and the craziest part is that it’s a freakin children’s magazine!
My beef with kids programming these days is that it is all soooo dumbed down and Anorak truly is a breath of fresh air. Imaginative illustrations, amazing hand-lettering, and beautiful page layouts. Apparently the Tate Modern and Colette agree with me as they’re included on the list of outlets stocking the mag.