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!

50 Responses
  1. Dorothy Kuehnel

    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. Jenny Hillman

    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

  3. sona


    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.


  4. LiLa AnD cLoE

    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.

  5. Anonymous

    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)

  6. Puur Anders

    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)

  7. = lingonsmak

    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

  8. christelle et Arsène

    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 !!!!

  9. Aja~ swelldove

    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

  10. maman durable

    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!

  11. Anonymous

    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

  12. Joel Henriques

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

  13. les2Koalas

    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!

  14. paperminties

    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! = )

  15. Beatriz

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

  16. Joel Henriques

    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!

  17. From Malaysia

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

  18. BKids

    …and again a comment from Malaysia…how 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

  19. Joel Henriques

    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.

  20. Anonymous

    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.

  21. kate

    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:)