"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
- Emilie Buchwald
I grew up loving books. I can remember getting ridiculously excited about the book fair coming to school, pouring over the flyer, circling all the books I wanted. I also remember sitting at the kitchen table reading Shel Silverstein books to my mom for hours while she sculpted. She listened to me, bought me countless books, and encouraged my love of reading. Parents have that power.
In college, I chose English as my major because I loved reading and writing, and for the past five years I 've worked in publishing. Basically, books have been a huge part of my life since I was a little kid. And then when I had my own little one, books became a whole new experience. Sharing a book with my son is one of my favorite things we do together. Even when he was just a tiny baby, he loved looking at the pictures and I loved watching his little eyes light up. He's definitely the inspiration behind this whole undertaking.
Where are all the cool kid's books?
As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for unique and fun books. As a design-savy gal, I love seeing kid's products combine good design, fun and quirkiness. And that's just what Freshtake Books aims to do. My son was about six months old when I got the idea for the first three books that are launching the Freshtake label. I was holding him, Biggie Small's "Hypnotize" was stuck in my head ... "Biggie Biggie Biggie can't you see ... " ... lightbulb!
Call it lack of sleep, or baby brain, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. I knew I just had to get these books out into the world.
There's more where that came from!
We're starting with these three initial hip hop inspired baby board books, but the ideas are endless. It's easy to say this is just the beginning!
Thanks for checking it all out. I hope someday a Freshtake Book makes it onto your lap ... or bookshelf ... or in your car ... or if you're like me, under your couch!
- Lily Owens