It’s Finally Here…. Meet My Book!

My labor of love is finally here! Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci. With essays by Betsy Mckenna.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for my book to arrive at my house for weeeeeks. In my mind, I pictured it’s arrival with champagne and party hats and music and cake and jumping for joy and basically just an all day party. But, well…this is real life, and the package actually sat at the front door all morning, into afternoon, into evening, until I realized what it was. I’m so stupid!

So then my heart started racing and I tore it open…

As I reached into the cardboard mailer (with the wrong address, thank God for loyal mailmen!), I paused for a second. Is this really happening? Twenty-six months of working and waiting, and now it is an actual object that I am holding?!!

My heart is racing a little. What if I hate it?  Is everything spelled correctly? Did they fit in my dedication?

Checking, checking, flipping through….

OMG, I think I love it!!!

My labor of love is finally here! Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

My labor of love is finally here! Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

Truth be told, I tried for like 100 hours last night to make an animated gif of me turning the pages of my book. But I could not get my Wordpress blog to accept it. (Deep, frustrated sigh.) I think I need a plug-in or something and that word scares me. So here are some interior photos instead!

My labor of love is finally here! Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

My labor of love is finally here! Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

And from the back cover….

“Art Workshop for Children offers a unique, child-led curriculum of open-ended creative workshops that begin with explorations of simple supplies and build gradually, adding new materials and more complex skills. Along the way, adults are guided on how to be adept observers who provide questions, encourage deep thinking, and help spark an excitement for discovery.

Thoughtful essays share perspectives on mess-making, building creative confidence, the role of adults, collaborative art, and insights into the Reggio Emila approach to early childhood education, which values the child as strong, capable, and resilient.”

The book is FULL of beautiful photos, insightful essays (by my good friend and Reggio educator Betsy McKenna), whole sections on setting up an art area and hanging your child’s art, and just lots of inspiration. I really think you will love it. Out of the 27 workshops, only two are from my blog, so 25 new ideas!

The book doesn’t officially come out until October 15th. BUT…if you order it now you get it on sale! I mean, maybe that’s worth the wait…? I know, it’s hard to order something and not get it immediately. We are all so used to instant gratification. But think of this way, if you wait to order until it’s out, you’ll still get it at the same time! Crazy, right?

Here’s where you can order the book right now (Amazon is an affiliate link):

Buy it on Amazon

Buy it on Barnes & Noble

Buy it on IndieBound

Buy it on Indigo in Canada

For UK purchase click here

I’m so happy that I finally introduced you to my book. Oh, and I’m working on a short little trailer that I hope will be done on the pub date. Stay tuned!! And THANK YOU for supporting me, as always!

xo, Bar