Make Learning Fun with These Four Local Authors’ Books

Look to these local authors and illustrators to add to your home library.

Photograph courtesy Aaron M. Conway

What is Soft?
Illustrated By Erin Barker, Written By Susan Kantor

The words and illustrations are just as gentle as the title would have you hoping. Cincinnati designer/illustrator Erin Barker paired her cozily colorful drawings with words from NYC-based Girl Scouts senior writer/ editor Susan Kantor for this blue manatee press book. Snuggle up with your little and let this book bring you both some calm. 

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My First Exercise Book
By Brent and Katie Kruithof

It started with a video posted to social media of Brent Kruithof working out in his living room with his and Katie’s two young boys. Within two weeks, it had garnered more than 24 million views. A successful Kickstarter campaign later, the Kruithofs self-published My First Exercise Book (available on Amazon), which shows adults and children exercising together in homes and places like Summit Park, with explainers for each exercise.

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Cincy Kids
By Kristian Geer

Kenner Toys loom large in Cincinnati history—and also in Kristian Geer’s book Cincy Kids. He took the collection of vintage Kenner toys he grew up with and placed them throughout the Cincy landscape (backdrops include sites like Union Terminal and ArtWorks murals), then paired each with an original poem. You’ll see the city anew in this 44-page soft-cover book.

Photograph courtesy Aaron M. Conway

Insides Out
By Anne Paris

How do you help your kids learn to empathize with others? For local author and clinical psychologist Anne Paris, the answer lies with bonobos, which in Insides Out are described from a young bonobo’s point of view. One of three titles in her Empathy Way children’s book series, it pairs adorable photos of bonobos by Marian Brickner with easily digestible lessons about understanding others’ feelings.

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