how to + the art of julie morstad

howto-by-juliemorstadHow To by Julie Morstad is not your typical how to book. It shows how to do the very best things in the most imaginative ways.

Go fast. Go slow. See the wind, feel the breeze, be a mermaid.


It’s magical yet completely down to earth. Earthy even. Simple. But sophisticated. ¬†Wise. I think this book embodies children beautifully. They often know how it’s done, right?

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But sometimes kids need reminders too. Especially nowadays. That you feel the breeze by riding a bike, become a mermaid by lounging in the bathtub, wash your face in the rain. Why of course you do.




How To reminds me in theme of Nikki McClure’s prints and in subject and style to Amy Cutler‘s artwork.

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You might remember Julie Morstad’s illustrations from When I Was Small or the other Henry Books by Sara O’Leary. Can I just give a shout out to Simply Read Books for publishing such gems?!




I was a fan of Julie Morstad‘s work before I knew it included picture books. So I’ll leave you with these, some of my favorites of her illustrations. Earthy, simple, sophisticated, and magical, don’t you think?




How to Make a Kite


“Wing Trim”



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