It’s already been quite a year for everyone around the globe in the wake of Coronavirus. Here at Baby Ventures ™, we rang in 2020 (which now feels like years ago) with much excitement and creative energy as we worked on our fourth title. We relished in our staple kid-friendly adventures around Washington, DC – including a visit to the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration back in February. And as the first weeks and months of 2020 unfolded, we keenly looked forward to spring and all the joy it represents for our Baby Ventures family: Iranian New Year (“Norooz”), the iconic cherry blossoms adorning our capital city, and the bustling season of story times and other in-person author events at indie bookstores, public libraries, and fairs throughout our region.
Calling all bookworms, big and small! We’re excited to announce that Baby Ventures has been selected for the second year in a row to participate in the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19, 2018! Since its founding in 2010, this Festival has become a top literary event for the whole family in the greater Washington, DC region, attracting hundreds of award-winning authors, poets and songwriters. From author readings to story time and sing-alongs for children, the Festival is the perfect outing for bookworms of all ages! Continue reading Join us for Family Funday at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 19th!
Baby Ventures co-founders Golzar Kheiltash and Lisa Hall were recently interviewed by local DC photographer and blogger Allison Fitzsimmons. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Allison, sharing our Baby Ventures story, discussing the importance of early learning and much more.
Check out the interview (and her beautiful photos of our books) here and get a behind-the-scenes look into Baby Ventures and our next book, scheduled to release this fall!
Happy reading adventures!
*Photo by Allison Fitzsimmons
Baby Ventures co-authors Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash welcome their second title, The ABCs of Annapolis! From Art scene to Zooplankton, each page brings Maryland’s capital city to life with Lisa’s vibrant artwork and personal affection for the city she now calls home. Learn all about the impetus behind The ABCs of Annapolis from Lisa and Golzar in the Q&A below! Continue reading Annapolis, Meet the ABCs!
As co-founders of Baby Ventures, Golzar and Lisa were recently interviewed by Beltway Bambinos, one of the top DC mom blogs that provides insider tips on DC tot activities and events. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Baby Ventures story with founder Allison Birgfeld and discussing our ABCs of Washington, DC board book. Plus, we provided an exclusive announcement of our second book title, scheduled to release in February 2018!
Happy winter adventures!
As co-founders of Baby Ventures, Golzar and I were recently interviewed by Do DC with Kids, one of DC’s top mom blogs! We sat down with its founder, Tina Smith, at Eastern Market’s scrumptious Bourbon Coffee for a chat over morning coffee and pastries. The location was particularly special to us, given Golzar and I met just around the corner exactly 12 years ago while working at a nonprofit NGO.
We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Baby Ventures story and discussing our ABCs of Washington, DC board book and what’s next (hint: our 2nd book)! Read the interview here for the inside scoop and be sure to check out www.dodcwithkids.com for more articles on exploring our nation’s capital with your little ones.
Happy DC adventures,
Lisa & Golzar
One of our favorite rainy day activities is to make art projects with random items around the house! Baby Ventures illustrator and artist Lisa Hall shares how she got her creative start in an awesome and unusual way, thanks to one particular rainstorm:
“As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I spent two years living in a village in Mali, West Africa. One day after a heavy rainstorm, the roads were washed out and I couldn’t make my rounds to the surrounding villages doing health education for the next few days. With nothing pressing to do, I felt an immense urge to create. So I gathered all the scraps of paper lying around in my hut and then went on a hunt for materials. I soon came across a few cans of touch-up car paint and my love of painting was born. I spent the next three days in creative bliss and painted my own original artwork for the first time!”
You don’t need to travel as far as Mali to let your creative side loose! Just take a cue from mother nature and break out whatever is lying around next time a rainy day washes out your plans. From finger painting (don’t sweat the mess!) to macaroni gluing (smiles for grandma!) or good old crayon coloring, getting creative together is a guaranteed rainy day adventure!
Illustrator Lisa Hall’s inspiration for Baby Ventures books comes from her own adventures living and traveling across six continents. One experience in particular has deeply influenced her artistic style: her 2005 trip to India.
“It is said that India is a feast for the senses. And it’s true! Nowhere else have I been so overwhelmed by such breath-taking colors. From groups of women in bright saris, to markets overflowing with flowers, I was struck by awe-inspiring color around every corner. Even elephants’ trunks were painted with gorgeous designs! Images of such rich and vibrant colors have greatly influenced my art and help bring the pages of every Baby Ventures book to life.”