This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
TeachingBooks.net is bringing summer reading 2011 to life. Whether you’re promoting the program theme of One World, Many Stories, You are Here, Splash! Celebrate Summer, or another topic, the authors and illustrators presented in this month’s column are bound to be on your list. From audio to video recordings, TeachingBooks.net has something for you.
Watch a movie of Steve Jenkins—creator of Looking Down (Houghton Mifflin,1995) and other titles—discuss and demonstrate how he renders his collage art.
Read an in-depth interview with Scrambled States of America (Henry Holt, 1998) author/illustrator Laurie Keller.
Hear James Rumford talk about how he came to write Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad (Roaring Brook, 2008).
Listen to Alma Flor Ada read a poem in Spanish and English from ¡Pío Peep! (HarperCollins, 2003), illustrated by Viví Escrivá, poetry selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.
Let Mem Fox introduce herself to young readers when they read her book Whoever You Are (Harcourt, 1997), illustrated by Leslie Staub.
Learn how Sharon Draper’s Copper Sun (S & S, 2006) was inspired by her trip to the West African nation of Ghana.
Hear author Cory Doctorow’s introduction to Little Brother (TOR, 2008), and a short excerpt from the book.
Listen as Marjane Satrapi discusses her graphic novel Persepolis (Pantheon, 2003) and dispels some myths about Iran and Iranians.
Learn from Joseph Bruchac as he shares the story behind Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two (Dial, 2005).
Discover how illustrator Brian Pinkney created the illustrations for Robert D. San Souci’s Sukey and the Mermaid (Four Winds Press, 1992), and learn who modeled for one of his favorite spreads.
Enjoy the insights of author/illustrator Faith Ringgold as she discusses her book Tar Beach (Crown, 1991), in this audio clip.
Hear Francisco X. Stork read from his The Last Summer of the Death Warriors (Scholastic, 2010).
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net