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Monday, February 4, 2013

Childrens' Authors and Illustrators Week, Feb. 3 - 9, 2013

The first week in February is set aside as Childrens' Authors and Illustrators Week. The Childrens' Author Network supports the event as a way to make books spring to life and inspire a love for life-long reading and writing.
Want to see an illustrator at work? Click HERE to see Scholastic's videos of Jeff Smith of the Bone graphic novels series and Jim Benton of the Dear Dumb Diary series--among others--creating some of their illustrations.

At South Prairie and at DC Elementary, we looked at popular author/illustrator pairs with kindergarten students in November and December. Featured authors/illustrators included Robert Munsch with illustrators Michael Martchenko and Lea Daniel, Audrey Wood with illustrators Bruce Wood and Don Wood, and Doreen Cronin with illustrators Betsy Lewin and Harry Bliss.
After reading Aaron's Hair by Munsch, students identified a problem and solution, which were written on combs and placed in Aaron's hair. 
After reading many of Wood's alphabet books, kindergarten students also read Piggies and drew their own piggies after tracing their hands.
Finally, after reading Cronin's Diary of a Worm, we visited BookFLIX and talked about the differences between fiction and nonfiction books.

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