Friday, January 31, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Another interesting article about children's book characters and gender has appeared, this time with a Jewish perspective, on the website of the online magazine "Tablet." Check it out. Think about the books you read and how often men vs. women, and girls vs. boys, appear, as well as the roles they play.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
My Takeaway: When rewriting, try out alternative word choices to enrich the story.
A Seed Is Sleepy, published by Chronicle, is used below. You can visit the website of author Dianna Hutts Aston and the website of illustrator Sylvia Long.
Reading Rockets shows how a teacher uses "semantic gradients" to expand vocabulary and enrich the reading and writing of kids. It's an interesting lesson to see how a teacher uses a picture book as a jumping off place.
|A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long|
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|Apple Cake by Julie Paschkis|
Thursday, December 5, 2013
What happens when a book takes off and turns into a series? Nick Bruel is the cartoonist who has created the very popular Bad Kitty series. Here's what Macmillan, the publisher, says about the character on their website, "Bad Kitty is bad. Very bad. But she doesn't always mean to be. Whether she is trying to be a good little kitty and eat her vegetables or be a quiet little kitty and behave at a birthday party, it seems that trouble finds a way to her. " That says a lot about a character who has the potential to carry a bunch of books--picture books and chapter books. Nick Bruel's website here. The Bad Kitty site is here. There are teacher resources and games and more, but possibly the most interesting of all is that on the Bad Kitty website there's a link (in case you're having a school, library, or bookstore event) to borrow (shipping cost of $140 not included) the Bad Kitty costume! I always wondered how that worked. Check it out here.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is an "interactive" book in the simplest way. You read it and do what it says, turning the page to see how the illustration has "reacted" to what you did. (Can the app be far behind?) This lovely trailer is simple, too. It clearly demonstrates what it will be like for a child to read the book. At two minutes it's a bit long, showing the whole book, but it's charming and done with excellent filming and audio. If you don't see the video on your device, click here.