Book Birdie is obsessed with author, Christopher Franceschelli.
We became familiar with Mr. Franceschelli after a recent visit to a new independent bookstore located on Capitol Hill, East City Book Shop. If you ever find yourself in a rut, in terms of reading to your children, visit the children’s section of an independent book store.The carefully curated and thoughtfully displayed selections won’t be the typical children’s books you see everywhere else. The typical chart topers are of course awesome, but there are so many lesser known works, that don’t get the same publicity from big publishers, and that will bring you and your kids endless enjoyment.
Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats in the children’s publishing industry, including those of publisher, editor and creator. His favorite books of ours are the Alpha Block Series, including ALPHA BLOCK, COUNTA BLOCK, and DINO BLOCK, and the soon to be published, CITY BLOCK. All four are sturdy board books with animated and stylish visuals from the illustrator husband/wife team, Peskimo. These books make for an immersive, age-appropriate introduction to basic but important subjects. It’s clear from these books that Mr. Franceschelli has a deep understanding of what draws a child to a book as well as what keeps them coming back.
You will not regret purchasing any of these perfect books for your home library but I also think they are great gifts for a new baby. Not that new mothers don’t love receiving 6 copies of Good Night Moon, but your gift is sure to stand out.