Category Archives: Creative Expression

My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”

When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.

Who is her favorite teacher? 

Take a guess. 

An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.

This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.

TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven

ILLUSTRATOR: Hanoch Piven

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): art

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality. 

2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.

3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, visit:

http://www.pivenworld.com

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C”

Not your typical alphabet story, Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C, is a book created with Letter Art, which means every picture is composed of the letters of its name.

Readers will spell their way through New York with rhyming text and illustrations that showcase iconic structures,

famous people,

and yes, squirrels.

Each illustration is an artwork of its own.

This story promotes creative components of creativity, originality, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s orginality and creative way of learning alphabet letters and then, combining that with facts and features about New York.

TITLE: Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): New York, different fonts, alphabet

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Using your favorite letter of the alphabet, create a list of different fonts. Next, create a picture using those fonts of your letter.

3) Write a caption about a place, person, or thing that represents something about the town you live in.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Maree Coote visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

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