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Painting A New School Year for Charlesbridge

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Illustrator Mika Song discusses creating the illustrations for her new book A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices   When I first read Sally Derby’s poems in A New School Year I was struck by how familiar each character felt to me. My goal for the illustrations was to keep them simple and show the emotions in the poems. I had been volunteering as a reading tutor, so kids and classrooms were already fresh in my mind. My agent sent me photos of her son’s preschool walls to give me ideas. The rest is from my own memories. Happily,...

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Launch Party for Hatching Chicks in Room 6: The Book has Hatched!

Posted by Alaina Leary on

By Caroline Arnold In May 2014, I was invited to do an author visit at Haynes Center for Enriched Studies elementary school in West Hills, California. After my presentation, Jennifer Best, a kindergarten teacher at Haynes, asked me if I had ever written a book about hatching chicks. Each spring, she told me, she brings eggs to her classroom and hatches chicks. But she said she couldn’t find any books that were written at the right level for her kindergarten students. I hadn’t written any books about chickens, although I had written a number of books about other kinds of...

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A Q&A with David Biedrzycki, Author of Groundhog's Runaway Shadow

Posted by Alaina Leary on

We spoke with David Biedryzcki, the author of Groundhog's Runaway Shadow, about his inspiration and process behind writing and illustrating the book, just in time for Groundhog Day!  The idea of a runaway shadow is something that’s often played with in fiction. What drew you to this idea? Initially, the idea for the story wasn’t at all about a groundhog. It was about a very boring person. His shadow one day decided it wanted more out of life than to just work in the quality control department of a Grass Seed Company watching grass grow. As with most of my...

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Reading Picture Books with Children One Year Later

by Megan Dowd Lambert

Posted by Donna Spurlock on

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of my book introducing the Whole Book Approach, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See, which I wrote in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The book’s great success has been gratifying, humbling, and very exciting, and I rounded out its first year in the world with a talk at the Book Fest @ Bank Street that applied the Whole Book Approach to books by many of the other speakers who presented there including: Raúl Colón,...

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