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Our New Favorite Children's Book: Win a Copy of Oddfellow's Orphanage by Emily Martin


School may be out for the summer, but you can still encourage your little ones to keep up their reading with Oddfellow’s Orphanage, the whimsical story of a most unusual school where children take lessons in Fairy Tale Studies, go on monster-sighting field trips, and befriend a family of dancing bears.

Indie craft icon Emily Martin, author of The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer, found the inspiration to write her first novel after a series of portraits she painted, which evolved into a series of stories about the characters–enough to fill an entire book!

The story follows the school year through the eyes of Delia, the newest orphan, and her fellow students, teachers, and caretakers as they discover what they mean to each other while learning how big and astonishing the world really is.

We at CrafterNews fell in love with the gorgeous artwork and curious characters drawn in Emily’s signature style–and we’d love to share it with you!

Just leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite kid’s book is. You’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of Oddfellow’s Orphanage plus Emily’s first book, The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer, for many hours of summertime reading and crafting fun.

To learn more about the mysterious world of The Black Apple, check out our Halloween interview with Emily Martin.



Colleen E June 7th, 2012

My favorite book as a child was poky little puppy.

Lennette Daniels June 7th, 2012

For babies I like Bear Snores On but my favorite book when I was a kid was All of a Kind Family.

Amanda June 7th, 2012

How beautiful and cool! I love her artwork! Growing up I loved this beautiful fairy tale book which had a full page of artwork for each story. It was beautiful! But somewhere along the way of growing up I lost the book and have never been able to find it. I don’t know who the artist was but I still remember the beautiful artwork accompanying Sleeping Beauty’s story.

hilary June 7th, 2012

We are enjoying all the Martha books right now!

amy broadhead June 7th, 2012

My favorite kid’s book is “Where’s Wallace?” Not sure if its in print anymore, but I loved it when I was a child. My second favorite is “Ferdinand the Bull”

Melissa Tyler June 7th, 2012

We love Emily!! Oddfellow’s Orphanage is so very sweet…

stacey June 7th, 2012

I love the old classics like Ramona and Beezus or All-of-A-Kind Family the most, but I love newer books too! If you haven’t read Gregor the Overlander series or the Penderwicks, you’re missing some good stuff!

Barb Nelson June 7th, 2012

Along with the story, I always admire the wonderful artwork contained in childrens’ books. I want to take them out and hang them on my walls. For a cute story and wonderful artwork “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” by Audrey and Don Wood, a Caldecott Honor Book is a real winner.

Emily H. June 7th, 2012

I think right now my favorite is Neil Gaiman’s “Blueberry Girl”. It’s a fabulous poetic prayers for strength and joy for girls everywhere (perfect for a mom of daughters).

Christi June 7th, 2012

I love to read goodnight moon to my children and find the mouse!

Catherine June 7th, 2012

Oh dear, how does one decide? Many favorites. Among them: The Night the Toys Came to Life, by Enid Blyton.

Valerie Morgan June 7th, 2012

My heart belongs to the Dick and Jane series. My children loved the Beatrice Potter stories!

Kathleen June 7th, 2012

I love anything by Shel Silverstein, always have, always will.

Susan (sjanova) June 8th, 2012

For myself, I adored the entire series of _The Borrowers_. For a new baby, I always give a copy of _Goodnight Moon_ and maybe _Runaway Bunny_ along with something hand knit, of course. I am now trying to keep up with my grandson’s fast-improving reading skills, since he’s beyond all the Dr. Seuss early readers. I send him books every month. We’re saving _Phantom Tollbooth_ until he’s a bit older, but it’s a terrific chapter book for about 5th or 6th grade level readers.

jd wolfe June 8th, 2012

goodnight moon!

kjerstiye June 9th, 2012

My favourite is One morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey.

As a child growing up in the prairies, I was facinated by all that ocean!

Katherine June 10th, 2012

One book I vividly remember from my childhood (possibly because it was so ambiguous, unlike most children’s books) was The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin.

Robin June 11th, 2012

My favorite book from childhood is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

helenlam June 12th, 2012

The current favorites are Goodnight Moon and Are You My Mother

Cheryl June 12th, 2012

As a youth, I really enjoyed reading Encyclopedia Brown. I read the entire series.

Ana Laura de Romero June 12th, 2012

My baby boy loves a set of Ellie’s books, Maybe its too son for him to learn irish, but he enjoys to se all the drawings and listen when i read the conversations.

Kat June 12th, 2012

My favorites are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass!

Yuanting June 12th, 2012

My mom used to read Alice in Wonderland when I was little, so that book will always hold a special place in my heart~ I remember marvelling at all the odd creatures and challenges Alice had to face. It’s truly a classic that has withstanded time !

Jill June 12th, 2012

I loved Millicent the Monster and The Lonely Doll.

Constance June 12th, 2012

I literally can’t get through “The Giving Tree” without crying! I love that book! The book I love reading to my students is “Llama, llama Red Pajama”. I totally act it out while reading and kids and grown ups alike love hearing it. 😉

Amanda June 12th, 2012

Charlotte’s Web has always been my fave.

Kel June 12th, 2012

I grew up in south Africa and have vivid memories of the moomins winter snow scenes and pine forests. It was such a magical and cosy world

Natasha Komenko June 12th, 2012

my favourite book as a kid was ‘a secret garden’ by francis hodges burnett. it’s still one of my favourite’s and i read it to my little cousins.

Ana June 12th, 2012

My fave book was The Giving Tree

Kay June 12th, 2012

Anything by Beatrix Potter, and Scuppers the Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown.

Kirsty June 12th, 2012

The Magic Faraway Tree.I still love Enid Blyton books!

Marilou Marshall June 12th, 2012

My daughter memorized all of “Goodnight, Moon & I love you this much” as a toddler. Many good memories cuddling before bed…

Kim June 12th, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are :)

Andrea June 12th, 2012

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is my fave, and I’m loving reading it to my daughter.

Donna June 13th, 2012

When I was little, I loved it when my mom would read to me from her childhood copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s Poems of Childhood. I eventually memorized “Little Orphant Annie” just like my mom had done. My own daughter loved and memorized the poem as well. Books are treasures you never outgrow! Just this past weekend, I bought a vintage copy of Munro Leaf’s Robert Francis Weatherbee!

Ann Devine June 13th, 2012

My favorite was Robert Lopshire’s Put Me In The Zoo.

Kelly June 14th, 2012

My current favorite books are the Artemis Fowl series!

Meg June 19th, 2012

For the youngest children, definitely: “Pat the Bunny”!

Yvette Aguilar July 3rd, 2012

My favorite was Bread and Jam for Frances!



About the Book
The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer
Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist
Written by Emily Martin
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Papercrafts
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $22.99
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