Category Archives: Picture Books

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building”

Author/illustrator Christy Hale pairs children building with concrete poetry alongside photos of structures from around the world.

Readers will see how kids’ constructions can be expressed in the works of architects.

Backmatter includes explanations about the buildings and the architects who designed the buildings. Quotes from each architect demonstrate their thoughts about design and creative process.

This story promotes creative components ofwonder, flexible thinking, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the children’s buildings being paired with an architect’s structure demonstrates to readers how something simple can become complex. It inspires readers to compare form and design and wonder what they can create with materials they have laying around the house. I love children’s poetry and appreciate how the concrete poetry celebrates the joy of building.

TITLE: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

AUTHOR: Christy Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Christy Hale

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): architecture, building

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, flexible thinking, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research buildings with unique structures. Pick one. What materials that around your house most resemble your building’s structure? Build the building using your materials.

2) Play with wooden blocks.

“The maple wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.” -Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

3) Utilize different types of building blocks to build an Outer Space city. In what ways do the different types of blocks work together?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Christy Hale, visit:

http://christyhale.com/biography.html

Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat”

Wombat lives in Australia. His favorite pastimes are scratching, sleeping, digging, and especially, eating carrots.

Wombat encounters strange creatures. He battles them…

…and wins the carrots.

After settling down for a nap on the back of Santa’s sleigh, Wombat travels the world. Along the way, he encounters more strange creatures and lots of carrots. Humor accompanies every page turn.

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s exceptional humor and unique storyline.

TITLE: Christmas Wombat

AUTHOR: Jackie French

ILLUSTRATOR: Bruce Whatley

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): Christmas, carrots

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals love to eat carrots? How might that animal “win” carrots from reindeer?

2) Invent a joke or riddle about wombat.

3) What is one of your family’s Christmas traditions (if you celebrate)? How might a wombat fit into your tradition?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie French, visit:

http://www.jackiefrench.com/about-jackie

To learn more about illustrator Bruce Whatley, visit:

http://brucewhatley.com/home-1/

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/