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fortune cookies + fortune cookies!


Fortune Cookiesfortune_cookies_picturebook by Albert Bittman and Chris Raschka.



Did you guys know it’s national fortune cookie day this Saturday, Sept. 13? (I found out from another blog of course.)


While every day is a national something or other day now, I’ve been wanting to feature Fortune Cookies, the book. So this is just the excuse to do it!



One box of seven fortune cookies, one for each day of this girl’s week.

This book is a lot of fun. It has slips of paper you pull to see. It also plays with lucky number seven and the days of the week. It plays with other good luck symbols too, like a kite and a cat. Even the red of our main character’s dress.



I love how every fortune comes true. And I love how if you look closely at the first illustration, you’ll find out this girl’s name is Fortune!



The end of the book brings it all together. That box of seven eaten cookies, seven fortunes, seven days of the week, and to the reader’s surprise and delight: kittens!



Let’s take a look at fortune cookies of all kinds, shall we? Just for FUN! Giving fortunes is so great for any time of year that feels like a new beginning, be it January or September, with first weeks of school.


Beautiful porcelain fortune cookies designed by Aleksandra Pollner.

Sprinkle Fortune Cookies3

The real deal, with sprinkles(!) from Smart School House. (No actual baking required, by the way.)


Paint chip fortune cookies and takeout box!


Kind of amazing chocolate ice cream cone fortune cookies from The Cupcake Project.


Fortune cookie coin purse.


Felt fortune cookie garland DIY by Oh Happy Day.


A pewter, personalized fortune cookie by Herbert Hoover.


And pretty sweet teacher appreciation gifts by Lisa Storms.

skin again + humans of new york

Skin Againskin-again-picture-book by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka.


“The skin I’m in is just a covering.

It cannot tell my story.”







bell hooks‘s text is rhythmic, poetic, like music when read aloud. Chris Raschka‘s illustrations are bold and layered, messy and childlike with wonderful color palettes.



The book’s basic premise is that skin tells something about someone, something about you. But that’s not all there is. There’s all the stuff inside them and you and all of us.




“You can find all about me—

coming close and letting go

of who you might think I am.”



I love the eyes, scribbles, onions, snakes, squares, and bars of color. Hands reaching out and grasping one another. Skin and not skin. Outside and in.




I think the Humans of New York blog might be the perfect extension of this book. Do you already know it?

If not, it’s photos of people on the streets of New York. But more than that, the photographer Brandon Stanton includes one quote from each individual as well. And that quote, it sometimes surprises. Even if it doesn’t, it gives a window into his/her life. And what’s inside.

Here are some recents, taken from Humans of New York facebook page.



“I told her: ‘You know that feeling you get about Dad? Well I feel that way too. About a girl.'”


10426661_677764548964315_5041355496478207899_n“I’m gonna be an ice cream man!”



“I’ve been training in martial arts for 24 years. And I’ve never once been in a fight outside the academy.”



“I’m trying to determine how sensors can be used to collect information about soils and plants so that farmers in India can better manage their crops.”



“I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience.”


10306184_679097735497663_7200032911501874331_n“I’m always checking the Wikipedia pages of my idols to see where they were at my age.”


10414473_675713749169395_6782311452667728216_n“I’m trying to succeed in real estate without being a douchebag.”


And as of last year, the blog is a book.