Savvy Spotlight: Taro Gomi

Amy Rees
May 17, 2008

Thinking about a seamless way that art comments on life -- and life begets art -- makes us think of Taro Gomi, an author and illustrator about whom we are especially fond here at the The Savvy Source.  In case you've missed some of his gems, let us bring you some faves:

My Friends -- a truly lovely book about all the different kinds of friends one needs in this world.  It makes an especially lovely gift to a new friend.  And this edition is charmingly enough the bilingual one.

Scribbles -- the greatest all-in-one, size-of-a-telephone book creativity generator there is.

Doodles All Year -- the portable version of creativity generation, this time with seasonality added in for extra credit.  Also a darling preschool birthday gift, especially if you personalize a page or three with the birthday boy's name.

Everyone Poops -- in case you are starting potty training, or even just wondering if it will ever stop (!!), this book is a good reminder that we should all find commonality in this.  In other words, go with the flow.

From the Parents

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    over a year ago

  • Parent # 4

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    over a year ago

  • Parent # 5

    My 4-year-old just got Scribbles for his birthday and loves it. The drawings look like kid drawings and are not those intimidating, perfectly straight lines like in most coloring books. It's ok to color outside the lines! It is full of clever ideas...designing t-shirts, drawing food on empty plates, and a whole series of heads that need different kinds of hats. This book will keep us busy for hours.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 6

    My five-year-old isn't a coloring book kind of girl. She prefers a piece of paper and a pencil any day. We saw Taro Gomi's books Doodles and Scribbles on this site, as a matter of fact, and gave them to her for Christmas. She has just loved them! They encourage her creativity and allow her to do her own thing. The books are a bit hefty, but we still take them anywhere a little quiet time and patience might be needed (restaurants, road trips, doctors -- you get the idea). Those two books, in particular, are just perfect for the kid who likes to think outside the box.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 7

    What about Spring is Here? Both my kids loved it, and it's a great one for soothing them down at bedtime.

    over a year ago


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