After a long and snowy New England Winter, the bright colors of spring are a welcome change! Nothing suits the vibrancy and brightness of springbetter than our newest exhibition,Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares-Art by Latino Artists, curated by Sylvia Nissley. If you haven’t seen it yet, the exhibition will be up until June 9th, and it is a wonderful and colorful celebration of Latino folklore and fairy tales as retold and illustrated by many celebrated Latino picture book artists, such as Raul Colón and Lulu Delacre. Click here to preview more images from this exhibition.
We’d had a lot of fun in The Carle Bookshop showcasing not only the books featured in this exhibition, but also a wide selection of other picture books celebrating Latino culture and history. We’re taken this opportunity to boost our bilingual and Spanish language books even more so that we carry not only all available Eric Carle books in Spanish, but a good deal of other classics, such as Abran paso a los patitos (Make Way for Ducklings), La Senorita Runfio (Miss Rumphius) and Harold y el Lapiz Color Morado (Harold and the Purple Crayon).
Here’s a peek at our current front window display.
In addition to the books in our display, we added some beautiful tissue paper flowers. You can easily make these at home, either from colored tissue you may have left over from gift wrapping or with these easy flower-making kits that we sell in the Shop. We have a whole variety of kits in different color combinations and to make our flowers, we mixed and matched different kits to make even more varieties of flowers. They’re so cheery and make not only a great activity with kids, but wonderful decorations for any kind of party this summer!
I also made a papel picado-inspired banner for the top of the front window as well.
You can easily make one at home by using tissue paper and scissors. I wanted mine to be a bit more durable since it was going to hang for the duration of the Latino Folk Tales exhibition, so I made this one out of a colorful assortment of cardstock. Instead of sitting for hours with an x-acto knife, I used decorative paper punches in repeated patterns to quickly and easily make the designs. Then I strung it on some bright ribbon like a banner and hung it up.
This Sunday, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, our Art Studio will be hosting a special and colorful art activity from 1 pm-4 pm. If you can’t make it to The Carle this weekend, why not try making your own festive banner or paper flowers? Here’s a link with other easy papel picado banners for inspiration. Happy Cinco de Mayo!