A celebration of love & possibility, this New York Times Bestseller wonders what someone might grow up to be: brave and bold or creative and clever, playing in a band or (perhaps) sewing pants for squirrels...
This is the first time / There's ever been you / So I wonder what / Wonderful things you will do.
“Her children are so serious… and so unflappable… that they convey not just hope for the future, but a sense of manifest destiny.” --Publishers Weekly starred review
“Sweet but not saccharine and singsong but not forced, Martin's text is one that will invite re-readings as it affirms parental wishes for children while admirably keeping child readers at its heart.” --Kirkus starred review
Random House Children's Books 2015
DAY DREAMERS The companion to Dream Animals celebrates the imagination and will have children dreaming both day and night!
Emily Winfield Martin's newest picture book shows readers that letting their imaginations run free will lead them into fantastical day dreams. Whether cloud-gazing or wandering through a museum, reading a book or playing in a tide-pool, the children in this picture book find themselves in places inhabited by magical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, griffins, and jackalopes.
Random House Children's Books 2014
DREAM ANIMALS In her debut picture book, Author and Illustrator Emily Winfield Martin invites children to discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. With a gentle rhyme and lush illustrations, Dream Animals introduces a new night time mythology, ideal for bed time reading.
Furred or Finned or Feathered, your Dream Animal is waiting!
"A rare, enchanting mixture of graceful rhyming verse and adorable, Hummel-sweet illustrations... Martin’s paintings, in rich, creamy opaque colors, have a retro look that recalls early Golden Books, but with more brush-stroke texture. They’re so nursery-worthy you may be tempted to snip a few out and frame them." --The New York Times
"Tender and dark, this brings to mind the dark and wooded world of classic fairy tales — but with a refreshingly quirky twist." --The Atlantic Wire Random House Children's Books, 2013
Now available in paperback!
ODDFELLOW'S ORPHANAGE What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow's Orphanage! From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to trips to the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellows are anything but ordinary . . . except when it comes to friendships. And in that, Oddfellows is like any other school where children discover what they mean to each other while learning how big the world really is.
Oddfellow's Orphanage is a series of connected vignettes, taking place over the course of a year. Quirky and comforting and lovely as a read-aloud. Random House Children's Books 2012
Visit the Oddfellow's Orphanage website for freebies, novelties, and a fan art gallery!
THE BLACK APPLE'S PAPER DOLL PRIMER Join the creator of The Black Apple, Emily Martin, on a trip through her magical world of paper dolls, imaginary places, and clever craft projects.
Inside this book you’ll find 21 sweet, mysterious characters with clothes and accessories all their own—from a busy beekeeper’s daughter to a bird-loving librarian. You’ll also find 16 dolls ready to be designed and brought to life by you! Emily will show you how to draw, paint, and personalize your way to a little paper replica of anyone you’d like.
“The world of Emily Martin is enchanting, exquisite, and ethereal. Behind the soft hues and the peaches-and-cream palette, one can see a lively and fertile mind at work. An aching and mysterious sweetness blends with beguiling touches of the enigmatic and the peculiar, and the results are often remarkably sublime.” --Richard Sala, author of Peculia, Delphine, and Cat Burglar Black
“This book is packed full of loveliness—stunning paper dolls, creative paper projects, even a stellar toy theater, all with Emily's unique blend of irreverent sweetness. Please be seated with smelling salts nearby: Fainting might occur. It's that good.” --Amy Karol, author of Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend-the-Rules with Fabric Potter Craft, 2010