Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Blog tour: Elin Kelsey

I am deeply moved by the fact that we are nature, that we are stardust and I wanted my new book, You Are Stardust (Owlkids, 2012), to have a lyrical, celebratory, and poetic feel. Yet, finding that voice was difficult.

Resources upon request: Bob Boyle

A customer in Virginia recently asked us to create original multimedia resources with author/illustrator Bob Boyle. In this original Meet-the-Author Book Reading you’ll hear Bob explaining his personal inspiration for writing Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String. These Book Readings are excellent to share with students before, during, or after they read Bob’s book as a [...]

Nick’s Picks: Passion and Purpose

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy recognize the importance of reading across all content areas, on all grade levels. In this month’s column we highlight the contributions of award-winning scientists—and science authors. Share these videos, audio recordings, book trailers, and other resources to invigorate classroom instruction and conversations while introducing a variety of texts, formats, and perspectives.

Nick’s Picks: Losses and Legacies

Last spring the children’s book community lost several beloved authors and illustrators, including the hugely talented Leo Dillon, Jean Craighead George, Ellen Levine, and Maurice Sendak. In honor of their memory and their many accomplishments, we offer video and audio recordings of these creative artists whose work enriched the lives of so many people. In [...]

Nick’s Picks: Summer Reading

Public libraries play an important role in students’ lives during the summer months. They provide books and other media that entertain and educate. They present creative programs. And, of course, they offer (air conditioned) places to enjoy those resources and programs. In this month’s post, we highlight multimedia materials on a sampling of titles that [...]

Guest Blogger: Brian Lies

A new book or project always starts with an idea. My participation in I.C. Springman’s More (Houghton, 2012) actually began in 1995 with an idea I had for a story about a crow that collects too much stuff, builds multiple nests in a tree, and ultimately feels worn down by the sheer number of objects he has to curate. But the tale was way too long and hopelessly preachy. I don’t like message-forward books, and although I had a suite of sketches I was eager to turn into finished paintings, I never got around to submitting them. Over the years I went back, searching for a better way to tell the story, but I couldn’t find a way in.

Listen to the 2012 American Library Association Award Winners

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, announced each January, are a high point on the book community’s calendar. For this month’s post, contacted and recorded conversations with the award winners, asking them to share their inspirations and influences.

African American stories

The reason there is so much history, especially African American history, in so many of the books I write is because I am African American, and it’s a part of me like my blood. – Jacqueline Woodson, author of 2006 Newbery Honor Book, Show Way Although teachers use books by African American authors and illustrators [...]

Guest Blogger: Mélanie Watt

I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for over a decade now. Wow, how time flies! But people are often surprised to hear that I came to this profession unexpectedly. Just like Scaredy Squirrel (Kids Can, 2006), who jumps out of his nut tree into the unknown, I leapt into the world of children’s books. It all started with an art project and a teacher who sent my Leon the Chameleon (Kids Can, 2001) mock-up to a publisher.

Creating literary connections using a whiteboard

An interactive whiteboard is a fabulous classroom tool that brings multimedia to the forefront of literacy and library lessons. By shifting the instructional focus from a teacher presentation to classroom-wide engagement, a whiteboard encourages participation and discussion while supporting kinesthetic learners.