Ingvar’s VeganMoFo 2011
September 28, 2011, 10:22 am
Filed under: book reviews, bookmaking, food, free stuff!, reading, VeganMoFo

Hey wonderful people!
Have you heard that it is almost October?
This means orange, red, yellow, brown, crunch! Sweaters, bonfires, winter squash, Halloween!
And this year, it also means VeganMofo.

VeganMofo stands for “Vegan Month of Food” and was originally created by the fine folks at Post Punk Kitchen. During this month, hundreds of bloggers from around the world write as much as possible about vegan food. Participants share recipes, product reviews, cooking techniques, gorgeous foodie photos, and more- (

This October, with the help of my dear friend Ingvar, I’ll be a MoFo! Some of you already know Ingvar from my veg-themed children’s book, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice  (he’s the narrator). Fans have shared some great photos of Ingvar posing with their favorite foods…

…and during Ingvar’s VeganMoFo, I will too! I plan to post an Ingvar food photo every weekday. Some days I’ll share recipes, and on other days I’ll just share pictures for the sake of pictures. (A photo diary, if you will). I certainly enjoy looking at the pretty veg dishes other people make– and I often discover new ideas for basic weekday meals by seeing what others are doing. You feel me?

Because VeganMoFo is all about community, I want to see your Ingvar food photos too! As if drawing a face on your finger and snapping a photo with your dinner isn’t easy enough, I’ll offer some incentive. At the end of each week in October I’ll be giving away a free, signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice. To enter, simply follow these directions for submitting a photo. Winners will be selected using the names-out-of-a-hat-method on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Open to kids and adults living in the U.S. Feeling totally pumped? You’re free to submit as many photos as you’d like.

In addition, I’ll be posting lots of new veg-themed coloring sheets! If you or a kiddo in your life like to color, keep your eyes peeled for those.


On another note, remember Vegbooks?

It’s a fantastic site that reviews children’s books/media in search of those which promote veg values. Vegbooks is currently hosting a book review contest to celebrate their 500th review (what an accomplishment!). The winner of the contest will receive three veg-friendly children’s books: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice, and Our Farm. Learn more here.


Lastly, Handmade & Bound Nashville is this weekend! I’ll be reading at 11am on Saturday. If you’re in Nashville, come on out for a fun day of bookmaking!

accordion books!
September 16, 2011, 11:06 am
Filed under: bookmaking, kids, making!


Yesterday I made accordion books with a group of young friends at the University School of Nashville, and thought I’d share some pictures. This is a great, simple project to do at home, as it doesn’t require any shmancy materials and can be adjusted for kids of all ages.  (The books pictured were made by k-3rd graders).

Here’s what you’ll need:

A long, thin sheet of paper:  Ours was cut to approx. 17×3 inches. You can also glue smaller sheets of paper together, overlapping slightly, to make a longer piece. These books can be as loose or as uniform as you’d like.

Cardboard for the cover: We reused cracker boxes! Any cardboard will do.

Scraps of cloth, paper, ribbon, etc. to decorate the cover: You could use anything! Create a sculptural book by gluing objects to the cover.

Scissors: Kids might need help cutting the cardboard.

Glue: A glue stick works better than wet glue.

Follow these simple instructions from You can create more folds if you’d like. Decorate your cover by drawing, collaging, stamping, or attaching paper, fabric, buttons, ribbon, foil…  many of my students glued one long ribbon onto the front cover, which can be wrapped around to the back and tied in a bow.

Fill your book with your own stories and images, or leave it blank to give to a friend or use as a journal.  If you really want to be inspired, I suggest doing a google image search of  “accordion book”… people make so many incredible things!

View past book projects here and here.

Happy bookmaking!

-Nathalie VB

Handmade and Bound Nashville
September 8, 2011, 10:08 am
Filed under: bookmaking, diy business, making!, reading

Attention Nashvillians:

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is hosting the first annual Handmade & Bound Nashville  festival on Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st!

As the website explains, “Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.”

Saturday 10/1  workshops for kids will include a Papermaking Booth, sidewalk mural, and folded zines. Read descriptions of all workshops here (and keep in mind that some require signing up). There are many for adults and they all sound great! I’ll be reading Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice at 11am, and I’ll have a ThoraThinks booth in the vendor section all day. (With coloring!)  I hope to see you there!

Other events include a juried artist book exhibit;  screening of $100 and a T-shirt–An award-winning documentary on the culture of zine making;  miniature accordion popup books;  open mic zine reading;  letterpress printing;  food carts and more.  Free admission.

view complete schedule of events


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