from "Blueprint to the Future" by Charlie Eckstein

Coming Spring/Summer 2016: The Tiny Book Show

You are invited! The Tiny Book Show is our latest creative adventure and we need your help filling our library shelves. Our vintage caravan, Maude, will become a bookmobile of Lilliputian proportions, stopping in select locations around the country to display a collection of tiny books hand made by artists and writers from around the world. 

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 19       Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville, NJ
Sunday, April 17            Gallery U, Westfield, NJ
April 23                         Rumson, NJ (SPRING FEST - Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School)
Friday, May 6                Brattleboro, VT (part of First Friday Gallery Walk)
May 6-7                         Basilica Farm & Flea, Hudson, NY
Thursday, May 12         Hudson Area Library, Hudson, NY
Saturday, May 20         Richmond, VA Poetry Festival (sponsored by Poetry Society of Virginia)
Monday, May 23          Tiny Book-Making Workshop (Part 1 of 2) at the Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ
Thursday, May 26        Meet Me in Morristown, Morristown, NJ (Sponsored by Morris Arts)
Saturday, May 28         Tiny Book-Making Workshop and Talk Dinner at The Artist Baker, Morristown, NJ
Monday, June 6           Tiny Book-Making Workshop (Part 2 of 2) at the Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ
Wednesday, June 8     Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, NJ
Saturday, June 11          Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY
Sunday, June 12           The Art Garden, Shelburne Falls, MA
Monday, June 13          Greenfield Public Library, Greenfield, MA
Tuesday, June 14          Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA (Mail Art Exhibit Opening)

Thursday, July 7          Depart Nutley, NJ -  SUMMER TOUR BEGINS
Saturday, July 9            Corryville Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, July 10             Indianapolis, IN (SPARK! presented by Big Car Collective)      
Monday, July 11             Catalyst Ranch, Chicago, IL
Tuesday, July 12           Central Library, Madison, WI
Friday, July 15               Suzie Cappa Art Center, Rapid City, SD
Saturday, July 16           Custer, SD (TBA)
Sunday, July 17             Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, July 19            Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID
Wednesday, July 20     Prosperity Pie Shoppe, Portland, OR
Thursday, July 21          Flora Bowley Studio, Portland, OR
Friday, July 22              Bend, OR (TBA)
Sunday, July 24            Brick House Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Monday, July 25           Alameda Public Library, Alameda, CA
Tuesday, July 26          Foster City Library, Foster City, CA
Wednesday, July 27     Santa Barbara, CA (TBA)
Thursday, July 28         Moorpark City Library, Moorpark, CA
Friday, July 29              BookArtsLA, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 30          Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
Monday, August 1          Phoenix, AZ (TBA)
Tuesday, August 2         Albuquerque, NM (TBA)
Wednesday, August 3   Santa Fe, NM (The Railyard, in association with Axle Contemporary)
August 5-7                     McKinney, TX (Miniature Book Society Annual Conclave)
Monday, August 8          Austin, TX (TBA)
Tuesday, August 9         Paper and Craft, Austin, TX
Wednesday, August 10Houston, TX (TBA)
Friday, August 12            Montgomery, AL (TBA)
Saturday, August 13        Decatur, GA (TBA)
August 14-15                    Asheville, NC (TBA)
Tuesday, August 16        Raleigh/Durham, NC (TBA)
Wednesday, August 17   Brian Allen Studio, Durham, NC
Thursday, August 18        Lynchburg, VA (TBA)
Friday, August 19             Harrisburg, PA (Part of the monthly gallery craw. sponsored by Jump Street)
Saturday, August 20       Newport Public Library, Newport, PA (Sponsored by Perry County Council of the Arts)

photo and book by Dawn Gonzales

photo and book by Dawn Gonzales

The Tiny Traveling Library that joined us during our Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour was filled with more than 400 books made by children and adults around the country. Its "How-to" titles were so popular - ranging from "How to Annoy Your Siblings" to "How to Make Killer Egg Salad in 6 Minutes" to "How to Do Nothing" - that the library took on a life of its own. Now, one year later, we are putting out an official call to artists of all ages and abilities to contribute new books to the growing library. This time around the books do not have to be "How to" titles but anything you dream up. Stories, poetry, songs, illustrations, pop-up - let your imagination blossom!

Need help? Here are some great tutorials and sites with tiny book making ideas here and here and here. Also check out these books chock full of ideas here and here.



Deadline for entries: December 31, 2015. Deadline for shipment: January 15, 2016

Ship books to:
32 Dodd Street  Nutley, NJ 07110

Specifications: No minimum size. Maximum size is 3 inches square. Content is up to the artist! 

Eligibility: Anyone interested in the art of the tiny bookmaking!

Commission: 60% of retail price to the artist. 

Show dates: Various. Dates and locations TBD and will be announced as travel plans are confirmed. We are currently looking for exhibit hosts who are interested in bringing the Tiny Book Show traveling exhibit to their communities. Please review this PDF or contact us if interested.

Entry: Fill out entry form here. (Or download the PDF version here.) Up to 3 tiny books will be accepted per person.Entry fee of $5 per piece (up to 3 submissions/$15) will be used to help defray development, marketing, and other administrative costs. Submit appropriate fees via PayPal to or send a check made out to "Food for the Soul Train" (or cash) to 32 Dodd Street, Nutley, NJ 07110.

Social media: We'd love to see your process. If you Instagram or Tweet about your work for the show please hashtag #tinybookshow and/or tag @thecreativitycaravan. Photograph your work as soon as possible, and send us images of your piece(s) to be included on the Facebook page and for promotional materials. Email jpgs to The earlier the better, so we can drum up excitement for the show!

photo and book by Irene Uhlemann

photo and book by Irene Uhlemann

photo by Bella Cirovic

photo by Bella Cirovic



Liability: The Creativity Caravan does not provide insurance for theft, loss or damage of artwork while artwork is on the premises or in transit. Artists must provide their own insurance if he/she wants work insured.

Sales / payments: For all work sold, the artist will receive 60% of the retail price. Works available for sale will be sold at the price indicated when work is shipped. No changes in price will be permitted upon receipt of work. Works not for sale should be listed “NFS.” Payment will be made after the show via PayPal so we will need your PayPal email. If you don’t have one, sign up here. It’s simple and safe. Payment by check is also available if you prefer not to use online payments.

Use of images: The Creativity Caravan reserves the right to photograph and use accepted work for documentation, website, publicity, social media or catalog purposes.

Returning work after the show: If you would like any unsold work back after the show, please also submit a self-addressed stamped envelope. You are responsible for correct postage and packaging when you drop off or ship your work. Please allow 4-8 weeks after the end of the show for us to put your unsold work back in the mail to you.

Any questions? Email us!