Book Update

After six months of creating, writing, and not sleeping much, I’m very happy to say that I’ve finished the final edit of my book!  The whole process has been exciting, and I love working with everyone at Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books. The title is:

Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations

Next it’s off to the design team for layout.  It will be published by Fall 2011 and available for pre-order in a few months.  I’ll keep you posted!


  1. Dorothy Kuehnel
    October 27, 2010 at 3:57 am

    You mother is very proud of you for all your hard work and getting this project finished, while being a good father and husband and son at the same time!
    Love you lots!

  2. Joel Henriques
    October 27, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Thanks Mom! First comment even!

  3. Khali
    October 27, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Congratulations Joel! I look forward to buying a copy.

  4. Secret Mommy
    October 27, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I can't WAIT to buy a copy! :)

  5. Jenny Hillman
    October 27, 2010 at 4:45 am

    How exciting! It's neat to be one of the many that were able to follow along with you through the journey...
    And kudos to Mom for making the first (awesome) comment! :)
    hugs - jenny

  6. Ludo braille
    October 27, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Bravo, je suis très heureuse pour vous et attend avec impatience la sortie du livre.

  7. pa[u]
    October 27, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Félicitations!!!! impatiente de pouvoir le feuilleter...

  8. Jana
    October 27, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Congratulations, I can't wait to get a copy!

  9. sona
    October 27, 2010 at 6:15 am


    Been following your blog for long. First comment though! Your ideas are really inventive and a lot of fun for the kids.

    Wishing you the best.


    October 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations! No wonder your Mum is so proud. x

  11. famiglia Parentini
    October 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Bravo Joel!

  12. la.daridari
    October 27, 2010 at 7:03 am


  13. LiLa AnD cLoE
    October 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Joel, hablas español? Me voy a arriesgar... doy gracias a la red por haberte encontrado, tienes una mente maraBillosa con la que creas cosas increíbles, haces sencillo lo imposible! Gracias por tu arte. Saludos, Lila&Cloe.

  14. Anonymous
    October 27, 2010 at 7:20 am

    That's great. I can't wait to lay my hands on it. It's the first time I'm posting here but I have to say that I really love your Blog. Your ideas are really inspiring, often not the usual things you see and your twins are cute as well.
    Good luck for your project!
    Silke (from Germany)

  15. bydiplodoc
    October 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Congratulations!! I can't wait to get a copy!!

    Cristina from Spain

  16. Maha
    October 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I am so happy ! I'm looking formward to buy a book of yours :D

  17. Puur Anders
    October 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Wauw, I can't wait. My son is just turned 1, so I have to wait a bit. But I've been saving all your beautiful templates. Thanks and I'm very curious for the book!

    Miranda (The Netherlands)

  18. = lingonsmak
    October 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

    oh, I want to have it!! hope I can buy it in germany??! all the best for the finish of the book and kind regards, katrin

  19. Peggy Rice
    October 27, 2010 at 9:19 am


  20. Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose
    October 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Well deserved! I can't wait to pre-order my copy. Your creations rock!

  21. Valeria
    October 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Want a copyyyyyyyyyy!!!! Congratulations!

  22. Maggie
    October 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Congratulations! I can't wait to buy a copy, your stuff is so great.

  23. christelle et Arsène
    October 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    C'est génial ! je me réjouis à l'avance même s'il va falloir attendre encore un peu ... Nous faisons des activités extra avec mon petit grâce à toutes vos idées géniales !!!!

  24. Holly Rose
    October 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    That is amazing Joel! Well Done:)

  25. jimena
    October 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations! I am sure I will buy a bunch.

  26. Leila
    October 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations! I can't wait to see it!

  27. Lori Henriques
    October 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    huge congrats, dude! i really can *hardly* wait!!! :) it's going to be absolutely beautiful!!!

  28. jamie
    October 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    fanTASTIC! congratulations!

  29. angie
    October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    congrats! can't wait to see the book. :-)

  30. Aja~ swelldove
    October 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    That is such an accomplishment Joel!!!

    My two sons and I absolutely love your blog, and make things from it often;)

    Thanks for sharing your gift <3

  31. maman durable
    October 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I am a french mom and I recently discovered your blog and your beautiful creations for children. Thank you for all these great ideas! I'm glad to hear the release of your book and I look forward to discover!
    Again, congratulations!

  32. OrangeFarmhouse
    October 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    very exciting! can't wait! oh and congrats of course!

  33. Anonymous
    October 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Hmm, I think your book is a must have for me; I love all your creations and I like the kind of toys you create because they give you the possibility of being creative in your play.

    Love an greeting from Austria, Doris

  34. Curly Birds
    October 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    That is exciting!

  35. Joel Henriques
    October 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you so much everyone! I'm really excited about this. Also excited that I'm done with most of the work. ha.

  36. les2Koalas
    October 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I discover your blog yesterday thanks to "maman durable" I'am French and i hope this great book will be translate in french one day!
    Thnaks a lot for all your good ideas, i have twins too at home!

  37. Holly
    October 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    We are definitely excited about this!

  38. Laurie
    October 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    You are SUPER Cool!

  39. foundobjectbeachart
    November 3, 2010 at 6:03 am

    terrific news! Well deserved! I'll get a copy asap!

  40. paperminties
    November 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Wow! Can't wait! I wonder if it will be available here in the Philippines! Congratulations! I tried your paper city and the zip line at the preschool where I teach! Really looking forward to your book for more great ideas! = )

  41. Beatriz
    November 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!
    Looking forward to have one.
    Congratulations, you make great things.
    Saludos from Spain.

  42. Mincka
    November 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    where can i buy your book? Love your work,

    Mincka Buijs
    the Netherlands

  43. Joel Henriques
    November 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    The book is still in the layout phase and has not been printed yet. It will be available for pre-order in a few months and in stores in about 10 months. (Next fall - 2011). I promise it will be worth the wait!

  44. From Malaysia
    November 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Congratulations on your book!
    Your creations are so imaginative!
    Really enjoy looking at your blog pictures.
    Your kids have a fun dad.

  45. BKids
    November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    ...and again a comment from funny. I'm very happy for you Joel with finishing the book, all your current success and wish you much more for the future, you are super talented! Looking forward to seeing the book. Greetings, irene

  46. Joel Henriques
    November 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks so much!

    BKids - Thanks for stopping by Irene! I always love seeing what's new on Bkids. Also, the new logo is fabulous! The new site designs is amazing. Thanks again for the kind comment.

  47. Anonymous
    November 24, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I love your ideas so much, and truly appreciate that many use recyled materials. That you share templates with your readers is especially helpful to those of us who are a little "design-challenged." In that spirit of sharing, I can't wait to purchase a copy of your book to donate to our local library, so that others can join in the fun.

  48. kate
    December 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the hard work--you are so creative and inspiring!~I will bring one back to Cayman when we are back in the States next fall:)

  49. Art Project Girl
    January 17, 2011 at 2:11 am

    yay! I want one!

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