My interest in the natural world began early. It stemmed from my mother’s infectious excitement on hearing the song of an oriole, then finding its intricate hanging nest at the top of a nearby cottonwood tree. And from my father’s comments on the geology of the landscapes streaming past our car windows on our annual […]
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When I start a book I know what it’s going to be about, but I almost never know the best way to tell the story. With Jet Plane: How It Works (David Macaulay Studio, 2012), I started with elephants. I was thinking about how remarkable it is that heavy things can fly.?
As we celebrate 75 years of the Caldecott Medal (1938-2013), this article offers a compilation of TeachingBooks.net original interviews with a few Caldecott Medalists. Hundreds of interviews, lesson plans, and recordings of Caldecott-recipients pronouncing their names are freely available as part of this celebration at http://TeachingBooks.net/Caldecott. We hope you enjoy watching the 75th anniversary Caldecott video montage, too. […]
Yes, it’s true. I have always loved concept books. ABCs, one-two-threes, reds yellows blues, you name a concept book – chances are, I loved it.
“I think you should write a book called Green.” One evening in 2007, I received an email from Neal Porter. He wrote, “Here’s a title for you and Pete. Green.” Neal Porter is my editor at Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press. We’ve worked together on each of the 15 books I’ve written and illustrated. In the […]
Generously shared with TeachingBooks.net As a gift to our customers, every year we share some images of non-book art from a wonderful illustrator. This year, Marie-Louise Gay kindly provided the following examples of posters she has created to promote book festivals and other literary events. Please enjoy. Image courtesy of Marie-Louise Gay, 2012 Image courtesy of […]
Snakes are tricky creatures, both to photograph and to handle. Their long thin bodies and surface-hugging habits don’t necessarily create the best photographic compositions, and their nervous natures don’t permit easy interaction, especially with those of us carrying cameras.
This past summer I attended my first International Society for Technology in Education conference (ISTE), and was awestruck to be among 20,000 plus educators who share the exhilarating goal of advancing “excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.” Four promises of technology that permeated conference conversations—along with exemplar multimedia resources […]
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.
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 […]