building a foundation for the creators, innovators & problem solvers of the future
smallbooks activity books and sketchbooks spark the excitement and magic of the design process - creating something new, solving a problem, & making cool stuff! These letter-size 120 page books engage little learners in an exploration of design in its many forms - illustration, fashion, architecture, graphic, and lots more - because it's never too early to develop great design (and life!) skills.
why we made this
Design is beautiful, useful, and everywhere. We think that it's never too early to introduce design thinking - it supports little ones in developing a growth mindset and important problem solving, analytical and spatial thinking skills that will help them adapt to a rapidly changing world.
smallbooks are a screen-free tool to develop these critical thinking, tangible and tactile skills, and enjoy messy, imaginative play. We hope they will be a valuable resource for your little ones to to build their own interest, talent and skills for the future.
(But mostly, they are for fun!)
created by real-life designers who have and love kids.
smallbooks are made in Canada by two parents who want to share their love of great design of all kinds - architecture, fashion, illustration, product, industrial and everything in between - with the makers, innovators and designers of the future.
We engage kids with beautiful, modern graphic design, fun activities, and visual stories that will keep them playing, learning and practicing new skills while developing valuable life skills and a strong aesthetic sensibility.