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Rock What Ya Got

Rock What Ya Got”

The opening: “Once upon a blank piece of paper, where anything can happen…”


The artist draws a character and names her Viva.

Viva likes who she is but the artist feels that something isn’t quite right. 

She draws different hairstyles for Viva. Still not right, and the artist continues to change things about Viva. With each change, Viva states, “Rock what you ya got!” Will the artist ever accept Viva the way she is?

This story promotes creative components of individuality and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its message: “Rock what ya got – Look at what it is, not what is not!” Another element that this story offers is that the artist learns to accept herself. 

TITLE: Rock What Ya Got

AUTHOR: Samantha Berger

ILLUSTRATOR: Kerascoet

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): self-esteem, acceptance of one’s self

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Find a rock and decorate it to look like you.

2) Use a beat/rhythm that you like to write a song about you. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Samantha Berger, visit:

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

To learn more about illustrators Kerascoet, visit:

DIZZY

Dizzy

Dizzy, a picture book biography, “is the story of one real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands…” Dizzy Gillespie, born poor and often beat up by other kids, re-channeled his anger into playing the trumpet given to him by his music teacher. As he grew older, Dizzy refused to follow the rules of music. He clowned around, added notes to songs, played never-been-heard notes, and always puffed out his cheeks when playing his trumpet. Dizzy had created a new kind of music – BEBOP.

This story is written like a jazz song with LOUD and s t a c c a t o beats, short lines, long lines and more, so the reader can feel the rhythm as seen in the illustration below.

This book promotes individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, and following one’s heart.

TITLE: Dizzy

AUTHOR: Jonah Winter

ILLUSTRATOR: Sean Qualls

PUBLISHER: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: individuality, inventor, creative person, risk-taker, unique, following one’s heart

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What are you passionate about? Do you feel like you can’t live without it? If you couldn’t pursue your passion, what would you do instead?

2) How do you express yourself creatively?

3) Whether or not you play instrument, what instrument do you like the sound of the most? What instrument do you like the structure and shape of the most?

4)

Notice how the illustrator uses color and thick brush strokes to convey the energy and tone of Dizzy’s music. Paint how you feel when you are doing something you love and then paint how you feel when you are doing something you don’t like.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jonah Winter, visit:

http://www.jonahwinter.com

To learn more about illustrator Sean Qualls, visit:

http://seanqualls.com

Hoot and Peep

“Hoot and Peep

Peep likes to peep about the mystery of things in her owly way. Hoot imparts his older brotherly wisdom. Owls only say “Hooo.”

When Peep leaves, Hoot misses her. He hears her songs on the wind and realizes his mistake.

Hoot and Peep learn to sing together in their own owly way.

This book promotes risk-taking, creative expression, and self-confidence.

TITLE: Hoot and Peep

AUTHOR: Lita Judge

ILLUSTRATOR: Lita Judge

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: risk-taking, creative expression, self-confidence

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a rap song about YOU!

Watch 5 year old Jordan who will show you how to rap in 30 seconds.

2) What onomatopoeia words describe you? (Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. Examples: screech, cuckoo) Make a list of 15-20 words.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lita Judge, visit:

http://www.litajudge.net