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!
Read the Q + A here for a behind-the-scenes look into Baby Ventures and be among the first to get a sneak peek of our second book (now available for pre-order!).
Happy winter adventures!
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.”
Check out Lisa’s India art, featured in the Baby Ventures Animals of the World book and canvas art.