Illustrators Help Integrate Reading and Art

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As educators seek to merge reading and technology into content areas across the curriculum, the following collection of brief recordings will aid them in their search for quality, fine-arts multimedia materials.

These audio clips offer teachers and students insight straight from award-winning children’s book artists into book design, photography, collage, scratchboard, and other techniques.



Collage with Ashley Bryan

Bryan discusses the eye-catching artwork in his Coretta Scott King Book Award-winner, Beautiful Blackbird (S & S, 2003).



Scratchboard and watercolor with Beth Krommes

The artist relates how she created the astonishing Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations featured in Susan Marie Swanson’s The House in the Night (Houghton Harcourt, 2008).




Photography and computer design with Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Smith illustrated Langston Hughes’ poem My People (S & S, 2009), with photographs, and received a Coretta Scott King Award for his distinguished work.



Woodcut with Mary Azarian

Azarian comments on her Caldecott Medal-winning art for Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s Snowflake Bentley (Houghton Harcourt, 1998).



Watercolor with Kathryn Otoshi

The author/artist discusses the decisions that went into creating One (KO Kids Books, 2008), the winner of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award.



Acrylic on wood with Rafael López

“Drawing is like magic,” confesses López in this conversation about his Pura Belpré Award-winning paintings for Pat Mora’s Book Fiesta! (HarperCollins 2009).



Mixed media with Janet Stevens

Stevens and co-author Susan Stevens Crummel won a Texas Bluebonnet Award for Help Me, Mr. Mutt! (Harcourt, 2008). Here the artist/co-author describes her striking artwork for the book.



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