I've been really on the look out for some books for Levi that explain more about what I do as a job. Telling a 3.5 year old that you advocate/campaign/train on issues of exploitation isn't probably the easiest dialog for them to get their heads around. Lucy pointed out the gorgeous A is for Activist book last year and I did get it (and LOVE it) but it's still a little hard to unpick with Levi (I think when I got to 'T is for Transgender' I realised I was a little out of my depth) so I had another look and found this great illustrated book by Amnesty International. We Are All Born Free
It's a beautiful illustrated picture book that goes through all of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a really accessible way for kids to grasp. It also features illustrations from some world renown artists such as Polly Dunbar and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo).
If you haven't already, and you still love to get your mitts on real life, touch and feel books - I would really reccomend checking out Wordery. It's a good alternative to Amazon (who are ethically questionable) and seems to have a really good variety and availability.
Next up, is the BEAUTIFUL, brand new mag of this my motherland - Freckle, Northern Ireland.
I think many of us have been waiting for a magazine like this to come out of our wee country for quite some time. I bought it for Dave for Valentines Day because I had spied it in the works a while ago and knew it would be just up his street (and also that I would benefit from this gift as well).
Freckle is a celebration of Northern Ireland (can I get an amen?). It got a lot of support from a crowdfunding campaign to make it actually happen (another reason to love it - that collaborative, invested spirit). I love the positivity, the championing of the good and the tenderness of how life is portrayed here. The photography is just stunning - ethereal and earthy as is the quality of the paper it's printed on. It is so refreshing to see our landscape captured and adored on the pages.
There is no shortage of interesting content - from features on the organic growing movement here to poetry, quotes from Irish heritage and interviews with artists, entrepreneurs and makers. I just know there is enough quality content here in NI to keep Freckle going for a long time. Long live Freckle! (you can & should grab one here)
What are you reading this weather?