Dallas Clayton makes the coolest books for kids. We got Make Magic! Do Good! for my son’s birthday and we LOVE it! If you aren’t familiar with Dallas’ work, you must browse his site. He is this amazing character, living life to the fullest and encouraging kids to do the same. His messages are super important for kid’s to hear yet not often found in kid’s literature. The illustrations are colorful and whimsical and the words are touching, humorous and real.
While his other books are written as one story around a theme, this book is done in poems. We read to our kid’s every night at bed time and we read this book over about a week. We read a few poems each night and some nights had to go back and reread our favorites. This book is a great way to introduce kids to poetry but I got a lot out of reading them too.
New Best Friend
“You’re my new best friend, I never met, you’re awesome, perfect swell. We do everything together, and we get along so well. You’re my new best friend I never met, and I love you more than you know. You’re my new best friend, I never met, because I never said “Hello.”
Boom. Right?! Life lessons
And when you get the book be sure to read ‘Wake Up Your Brain,’ ‘Slumber,’ and ‘Big Time.’ And then be sure to read all the rest.
For each book, Dallas tours the United States and does readings and events. He helps kids paint murals and embrace creativity and brings happiness to each stop. I would love to attend a reading of his one day! He’s a huge inspiration to me and in turn my kid’s. It is very important to me that the end up working at something they love. He is the true embodiment of that and such a great role model for living a colorful life rich with experience. Seriously. Go get this book.
See more of our love for Dallas’ books from my son’s 2nd birthday party.
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