Category Archives: Creative Person

Sweety

“Sweety”

Intro: “Sweety was awkward. Even for a naked mole rat.”

Sweety doesn’t understand what it means to be called Grandma’s little square peg, but she knows that she doesn’t fit in. 

She wonders what it might be like to be someone else. 

Her favorite times are when Aunt Ruth comes to visit. Aunt Ruth says if you stay true to yourself, you’ll find your people.

So Sweety sets out to find her people, trying new things but she remains true to herself until one day something awesome happens.

This book promotes creative components of individuality and traits of a gifted and talented child.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I feel any reader can relate to that feeling of not fitting in, and find in Sweety’s character, the resilience to remain true to yourself.

TITLE: Sweety

AUTHOR: Andrea Zuill

ILLUSTRATOR: Andrea Zuill

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): being yourself, self-esteem, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, traits of a gifted and talented child

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) The world would be a boring place if everyone was the same. What three things make you different from others?

2) Try exploring a new hobby.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Andrea Zuill, visit:

Because

Because”

Intro: Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music—

a man named Franz was inspired to write his own. 

In this cause and effect story, readers learn how circumstances, luck, and hard work contribute to being a creative who in return inspires another person to be creative and pursue his/her dreams.

A girl attends a concert with her aunt because her uncle catches a cold. The music inspires her.

Because the music changed her, she works hard pursuing her passion.

Because her music is heard, she inspires another person.

And the cycle continues…

Who will you inspire today?

This story promotes creative components of the characteristics of a creative person and the creative process such as talent, hard work, inspiration, looking at what others have done in the past, and the role that luck play in the creative process.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because this story demonstrates the components of the creative process and demonstrates that even though a person can be a creative individual that person also works hard at pursuing his/her passion. I truly appreciate the message of inspiration, and how readers can inspire themselves as well as others.

TITLE: Because

AUTHOR: Mo Willems

ILLUSTRATOR: Amber Ren

PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books for Children, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): music, inspiration

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, creative process, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) On a piece a paper, write the word inspiration. Draw, write words, or doodle what inspiration means to you. On the back of the paper, make a list of things that inspire you and/or evoke wonder for you. How might some of those things help you to inspire someone?

2) As you listen to a piece of music, draw with markers (because they move smoothly and quickly on paper) to create an image or doodle. Let your lines flow with the music.

3) How do you think a writer or illustrator are inspired to create a picture book?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Mo Willems, visit:

http://www.mowillems.com

To learn more about illustrator Amber Ren, visit:

https://www.amber-ren.com/about

What If…

What If…”

Samantha Berger’s rhyming picture book, What If…, celebrates creative expression. A determined girl uses paper and a pencil to create her stories. But happens when her pencil is gone. She’ll shape the leaves. What if the leaves are blown away? She’ll sculpt in snow. What if the snow melts? She’ll use sunlight and shadows. What if everything is taken away?

This story promotes creative components of imagination, persistence, resourceful, and valuing creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for three reasons. First, when the main character is faced with obstacles, she chooses to use her imagination and resources around her to find ways to express her creativity. She does not let anything stop her. Secondly, I appreciate the last page of this book which states: “As long as I live, I will always create,” a personal mantra that I try to live by daily. Thirdly, my favorite question is what if because it promotes wonder. What if the world was square? What if I lived in another country? And so I ask you, What if?

TITLE: What If…

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger

ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Curato

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

THEME(S)/TOPICS: overcoming obstacles, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, persistence, resourceful, valuing one’s creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick one of your favorite things to do. List the items you need in order to do your favorite thing. What would you do if those things were no longer available? How would you do your favorite thing?

2) In what ways are you creative? What would you do if you could no longer express your creativity in the way you always have?

3) Create list of “what if” questions. Share with your friends and see how their answers differ from each other. Teachers can use these what if lists for daily writing prompts.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Samantha Berger, visit:

http://www.samanthaberger.com/about.html

To learn more about illustrator Mike Curato, visit:

https://www.mikecurato.com/about