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La La La

“La La La”

When a little girl sings, she waits for someone or something to answer, 

but no one does.

So she goes out searching through the reeds, the trees, the pond, day and…

…night. She sings to the moon with no response. When she falls asleep, she is awakened by a song.

Read the book to see who sings back. 

This book promotes inspiration and curiosity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it inspires hope to keep singing and find that someone who will sing back. 

TITLE: La La La

AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo

ILLUSTRATOR: Jaime Kim

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): hope, lonely, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Listen to instrumental music while drawing a picture of you and one of your friends doing one of your favorite activities.

2) Invent a song that represents using la, la, la. Use high pitches, low pitches, slow, fast, pauses, etc. to sing your song.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate DiCamillo, visit:

https://www.katedicamillo.com/index.html

To learn more about illustrator Jaime Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds”

In My Beautiful Birds, this story begins with the title page.

 Just look at this gorgeous title page.

In this evocative refugee story, Sami, his family, and neighbors are forced to escape their homes due to the bombings during the Syrian Civil War. Sami loves his beautiful pigeons and worries that they did not get out safely. After walking days and nights, they arrive at a refugee camp.

As his family settles into camp life, Sami does not. He cannot forget his birds and the life his family left behind. Until one day, four birds fly into camp and settle on Sami’s outstretched arms. 

Whena new refugee enters the camp, he welcomes her with his birds and as a new friend.

These dimensional illustrations transport readers into this world.

This story promotes creative components of originality and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this story because it tackles a heartbreaking subject and transforms it into a beautiful story. It shows the endearing relationship between humans and animals that can inspire hope and love. Also, I am in awe of Suzanne Del Rizzo’s gorgeous illustrations.

TITLE:My Beautiful Birds

AUTHOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

PUBLISHER: Pajama Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): refugee camp, birds, relationships, hope

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Study a feather. Notice all the details. Using clay and a toothpick, sculpt a feather as best as you can.

2) Think about ways that people turn a tragedy into something positive. In what ways might you help someone to feel more positive?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo, visit:

http:// https://suzannedelrizzo.com/about-2/

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