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As a researcher, one of the places that inspire me is the Library of Congress (LOC). The building itself is a national treasure, but the collections it holds are even more precious. No matter what you are interested in, chances are that the Library of Congress has some material that relates to it. It is a gold mine of primary source material for teachers, students, and writers.
The LOC has a vast amount of material online, but let me give you an example of just one small slice of it. Let’s take photographs from the Civil War. When I look at this collection I see powerful, amazing images of people on both sides of the war. While I’m interested in photos of the famous people like Lincoln, Lee and Grant, I’m even more fascinated by images of average soldiers who are often unidentified. When I look at their faces, I wonder what they experienced and if they survived the war.
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Written by Kaila Eunhye Seo
Illustrated by Kaila Eunhye Seo
Peter Pauper Press 5/01/20`15
40 pages Age 4—8
“Fred’s world is filled with fantastical friends that make
his days so much fun he hardly notices that no one else can see them. But one day Fred goes off to school, and things start to change. As Fred grows up, his childhood friends slowly fade away and seem to disappear, taking some of life’s sparkle with them. But a chance meeting with a special young girl reminds Fred—and readers young and old alike—that magic and wonder never really disappear . . . they live forever in our hearts.” [book jacket]
Fred’s imaginary friends have the people in his small town thinking he is different—a polite way of saying the boy is odd. Fred has the ability to see and hear things other people cannot. Fred also believes in things the other townsfolk either cannot, or simply will not, believe. Despite the townsfolk’s’ inability to see, hear, or care about Fred’s creatures, the creatures cared about the townsfolk.
“Sometimes they acted like the wind and moved branches out of the way for people.
And sometimes they acted like shade and kept people cool on hot summer days”
What is Fred seeing and hearing that make the others consider the young boy an oddity? Fred sees creatures . . . imaginary creatures . . . imaginary friends. He never cares about making other friends—he already has the best friends a young boy could hope to have.
When the day arrives for Fred to begin school, he makes new friends . . . real, alive friends. His imaginary friends wait, no longer part of Fred’s day. One day becomes two, then three, and each school year blends into the next. One-by-one the creatures Fred adored disappear, losing their color, and fading into the background. By the time he reaches adulthood, all the imaginary creatures are lost from Fred’s memory.
The real world takes too much of Fred’s attention and time. Fred’s days run together as he does the same things day after day. This monotony leaves Fred feeling empty, friendless, and all alone, even in the park where he played so joyfully with . . . with . . . he doesn’t remember with whom he played with, or even what his playmates look liked. Where did his childhood friends go?
FRED will have you wondering when your imaginary friends left you. When these old friends leave, they take with them a very precious commodity: your imagination. Can you imagine doing anything other than your daily routine? Not just a dream vacation, but something that will cheer you up, daily make you implausibly happy, and has the synapses on the right-side of your brain sizzling with ideas, as they jump from neuron to neuron. Neither can Fred, poor guy. Then he gets lucky. A small child comes to the park while Fred sits reading—always a delightful detail in a children’s book. The young girl, with a pocket full of lollipops, asks Fred if he and his friends would like a lollipop. His friends anxiously watch Fred, who says,
Someone can see his friends. They are all still with him. A synapse POPS! Another SIZZLES! Fred’s heart no longer feels weighed down, and instead, he feels free. Fred’s imaginary friends—and his imagination—return. Adult Fred finally realizes he . . . wait, I cannot tell you what Fred realized. Fred would like to tell you himself. This is his story. FRED surprised me, in a very wonderful way. Imagination, and the magical journeys it can create, is not the sole domain of childhood, but we tell ourselves there is no time for such “silliness,” yet without retaining our child-like selves, we lose much of our creativity.
I love Ms. Seo’s direct lines in the pen and ink illustrations. Each spread overflows with artistic detail and the color remains only with the story and its characters. I think Ms. Seo’s attention to detail and using color to focus readers’ eyes on the story shows she cares about making a terrific sensory experience for children. The monsters are hilarious and kid-friendly. Not one creature will cause nightmares, as none is even a wee-bit scary. They walk among the unsuspecting—and unbelieving—in town without any commotion. I do wonder how the non-believers (who possess little to no imagination), would think if they saw what Fred could see. The story and all the eye-catching illustrations are a definite sign that this debut author/illustrator has not lost her childhood imagination, inspiration, or her imaginary friends.
FRED. Text copyright © 2015 by Kaila Eunhye Seo. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Kaila Eunhye Seo. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Peter Pauper Press, White Plains, NY.
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The number one rejection I hear is this: “The story doesn’t stand out in today’s crowded market.”
The SCBWI is creating an opportunity for illustrators to test their art and how it holds up in today’s market. Each month, the “Draw This” monthly art prompt will provide a word for members to illustrate.
For years I’ve followed a similar type experience at IllustrationFriday.com. They, too, provide an art prompt of a word. In looking through the weekly images, I started to understand the concept of “standing out.” For example, one week, the word was RED. Looking through, I saw the same images: firetrucks, little red wagons, red-headed girls, Little Red Riding Hood, gorgeous cardinals, and so on. Those who illustrated the prompt with such an obvious cliche probably thought they were showcasing their work. Instead, I thought they were showcasing their lack of creativity.
Writers, you can play along, too! Take the illustration prompt as a writing prompt. List your first 10 ideas–and throw them out. Those are the cliched ideas. Now, write 10 more ideas. Choose the strongest and write a story that has a fighting chance of standing out in today’s crowded market.
I cannot recall so many 6-star reviews in such a short period of time (5 of 7 current titles). I didn’t hand-pick them, it was simply their turn. I hope you have a chance to read each of these books, and any other that might make the list this year. Today, another winner arrives today. Debut author Allabach and award-winning cartoonist Turnbloom blend the picture book with the graphic novel for a unique experience.
Dragon and Captain
Written by P. R. Allabach
Illustrated by Lucas Turnbloom
Flashlight Press 4/01/2015
32 pages Age 5—7
“What is Captain doing in Dragon’s sandbox? He’s moping over his lost ship. Dragon is a boy in a robe and pajamas. Captain is a boy with a three-sided hat. But when they set off on a backyard adventure to find the lost ship, they become . . . DRAGON AND CAPTAIN, FEARLESS EXPLORERS! Together they trek through a dark forest, climb down a cliff, and hike all the way to the sea to outsmart a band of evil pirates! Can dragon and Captain rescue the missing ship . . . before lunch?” [book jacket]
Imagine a picture book partially written as a graphic novel. That image is Dragon and Captain, the story of two little boys who wake up one morning to confront a mystery—where is the Captain’s ship. Did the sea grab hold, dragging it far away, or did something more nefarious occur?
While enjoying his breakfast, a blue-hued Dragon spies a red-haired pirate trespassing in his sandbox. Rushing out, Dragon confronts the intruder,
“Hey, pirate. What are you doing in my sandbox?”
“I’m not a pirate, good sir. I’m the captain of a ship.”
“You look like a pirate.”
Thus begins the wonderfully witty and whimsical, fantasy-filled, backyard adventure. Turnbloom’s graphite, ink, and digitally painted illustrations alternate between the boys’ imagination—told as a comic strip—and their reality—seen in traditional picture book spreads. The process enhances the story with vivid action, and gives the reader direct access to the young boy’s right-brained imagination and creativity.
Captain and Dragon’s world is void of technology. A crayon drawing, a paper-towel tube, and a toy watch respectively become a map, a telescope, and a compass. What would your imagination do with green bushes, a water sprinkler, and a stone walkway? How would your creativity re-claim the Captain’s ship using only toy sandbox shovels, paper, and a bicycle? Why must the duo sneak past the one-eyed teddy bear? Captain, and his new friend Dragon, trek through a dangerously dark forest and scale a cliff to reach the sea, never leaving the backyard and finding all the above items valuable to their journey.
I love that Dragon and Captain could ignite a child’s innate imagination, sans technology. I love that after reading Dragon and Captain, kids might see their surroundings as an adventure; everyday objects as imaginatively malleable; and reading as exciting and essential. Parents will enjoy reading Dragon and Captain to their children, especially after hearing their cries of,
“I’m bored. There’s nothing to do around here.”
Yes, there is something to do and Dragon and Captain will show the way. Kids will love the brightly colored illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Turnbloom, and the backyard fantasy-adventure, smartly written by debut author Allabach. Dragon and Captain is a terrific book for any “Books for Boys” list, yet girls will love it, too. Aye, matey, this girl adores both the Dragon and the Captain.
DRAGON AND CAPTAIN. Text copyright © 2015 by P. R. Allabach. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Lucas Turnbloom. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Flashlight Press, Brooklyn, NY.
Learn more about Dragon and Captain HERE.
Dragon and Captain Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DragonandCaptain
Meet the author, P. R. Allabach, at his/her website: http://prallabach.blogspot.com/
Meet the illustrator, Lucas Turnbloom, at his/her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lucas.turnbloom
Find more picture books at the Flashlight Press website: http://www.flashlightpress.com/
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The last few posts from my fellow TeachingAuthors have been on poetry. Each of them has written eloquently on the topic. But trust me when I tell you that I have nothing worthwhile to contribute to the topic of poetry. So, I’ll share a topic with you that I do know about: research.
I enjoy sharing how to do research with students and teachers. I offer a variety of program options including several different types of sessions on brainstorming, research, and writing. I love to be invited into a school for a live author visit. But that isn’t always possible. In the last couple of years, I’ve done lots of Interactive Video Conferences as part of the Authors on Call group of inkthinktank.com.
During these video conferences, I’ve come up with ways to teach students from third grade through high school how to approach a research project. One method I use is to give them an easy way to remember the steps to plan their research using A, B, C, and D:
ALWAYS CHOOSE A TOPIC THAT INTERESTS YOU.
BRAINSTORM FOR IDEAS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR PAPER DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER PAPER.
CHOOSE AN ANGLE FOR YOUR PAPER AND WRITE A ONE SENTENCE PLAN THAT BEGINS:
MY PAPER IS ABOUT . . .
DECIDE WHERE TO FIND THE RESEARCH INFORMATION THAT FITS THE ANGLE OF YOUR PAPER.
Written & Illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlestick Press 9/09/2014
32 pages Age 2—5
“It’s raining and raining and raining, and Penelope is bored. “What would you do if you had your druthers?” asks her daddy. Well, if Penelope had her druthers, she’d go to the zoo. Or be a cowgirl. Or a pirate captain who sails to the island of dinosaurs, or flies away on a rocket to the moon. If Penelope had her druthers, she’d go off on amazing adventures — but then again, being stuck inside may not be so bad if your daddy is along for the ride!” [publisher]
It’s a rainy day and young Ms. Penelope is bored. Rain continues flowing down the window and the sky remains dark. Dad is home reading a book—good for you dad—and he notices his daughter’s frustration and boredom. Dad asks Penelope,
“If you had your druthers, what would you do?”
“What are druthers?”
“Druthers are what you would rather do if you could do anything at all.”
Penelope decides if she had her druthers, she and dad would go to the zoo. That is just what they do. Hunkered down behind the bars of a stair railing, dad becomes a caged ape. “Ooo-ooo-ooo,” Dad calls out from his “cage.”
But druthers change and Penelope decides she would like to be a cowgirl. Dad strides one arm of the couch and his daughter the other. Together they ride their horses . . . until Penelope decides being a pirate would be fun . . . and flying to the moon . . . and . . . with dad tuckered out Penelope makes one final druthers.
“But I guess if I really had my druthers . . . “
Druthers is a wonderful book for rainy days or any boring day. It exemplifies the creativity of imagination. Dad is a hoot and the perfect parent to spend a day with, on any day. I also love that while Penelope is staring out the window waiting for the rain to stop, Dad is reading a book. What a wonderful detail to promote reading. I also love all the activities the two imagined while laughing, singing, dancing, smiling, and enjoying each other while playing together like best friends.
The illustrations are wonderful and do a great job of visualizing all of Penelope’s druthers. Kids and parents will love the story and each scenario and, like myself, all the details that make everything come alive. Druthers allows you to experience the fun, and laugh along with Dad and Penelope. There are not enough books with dad directly involved with his child. Druthers is the best “Dad book”and a wonderful gift idea for Father’s Day (tie not included).
Penelope’s really druthers,
“. . . it would rain tomorrow, too.”
Druthers is a keeper! If I had my druthers, every dad would share this book with his child(ren), boy or girl.
DRUTHERS. Text and illustrations © 2014 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Sommerville, MA.
Learn more about Druthers HERE.
Meet the author/illustrator, Matt Phelan, at his website: http://www.mattphelan.com/studio-tour.html
Find more picture books at the Candlewick Press website: http://www.candlewick.com
Full Disclosure: Druthers, by Matt Phelan, and received from Candlewick Press, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review The opinions expressed belong to Kid Lit Reviews, and no one else. This is disclosed in accordance with The Federal Trade Commission 16CFR, Part 255: Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews
Note: Today’s post is for Day 3 (the letter “C”) of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
Creativity is about possibilities not probabilities. It’s about the process, not the product. Creativity is a key factor in a successful life since it is a component of problem solving. As a parent, you can help set the stage for your children’s success using these tips to develop and enhance their creativity.
1. Broaden Opportunities.
Creativity is not limited to the Arts and their associated skills. Creativity is a part of everyday life. For example, if you needed a rubber band and didn’t have one, you would brainstorm possibilities and options. Then you would use one of those options. As you broaden the scope of creativity, you will also need to expand the learning environments for children. Introduce them to a variety of people, places, things, and circumstances to maximize their understanding of the world around them.
2. Provide a Creativity Space.
Keep it simple! Creativity and creative solutions are often a result of working with what you have on hand. Keep in mind that necessity is the mother of invention (and creativity.) Create an area that contains a few books about the “interest of the moment” as well as a few supplies for “make do” things. For example, rather than always building with purchased blocks, save cardboard boxes and other items for your children to use instead. Shoeboxes, small jewelry boxes, empty plastic coffee canisters, and powdered creamer canisters work well while prodding the children’s imaginations.
3. Make Time for Creativity.
Life gets busy but it is very important for children to get fun, self-structured, creative, free time every day. For many children, and adults, this is quality “Me time” when there is no hurrying or stress. Their minds and imaginations can just go where they will. When possible, children should choose the time for themselves. However, if the children are young and in school all day, the first hour they are home may be the best time. They get to relax while their minds process what they learned and they get time to do something they enjoy.
4. Invite Questions.
Children, especially young children, are full of questions that usually start with how, why, when, who, what, does, will, can, etc. Yes, the constant stream of questions can be annoying at times, but keep smiling and answering them. Remind yourself that as long as the children are asking and answering questions, they are learning how to be creative and successful. Once children can write, you may want to use a special notebook where questions, ideas, answers, images, and options are written down and shared. This could be very helpful as the children grow older, especially when documenting data, progress, or results.
5. Encourage Trial and Error Experiments.
Trial and error is a wonderful way for children to discover what works and what doesn’t. It gives them firsthand experience in gathering and evaluating data as well as making predictions based on background knowledge. Because this type of experimentation is a learning experience, adults should not consider an error to be a wrong answer. An “error” is simply data that helps rule out a possible solution. Encourage children to use the new information to re-evaluate the options.
6. Praise Efforts.
Creativity is not about being right or wrong but about the experience as a whole. It’s about the children’s dedication to the process and the information learned. Your objective praise and positive attitude boost children’s self-confidence and encourages them to continue forging ahead. “I see that you added a lot of details in your picture,” and “I see you are thinking this problem through carefully,” are examples of positive objective praise that encourage without judging. If this is method of praise is new to you, consider making a list of examples that you can alter according to the situation.
7. Stimulate the Senses.
Creativity is often affected by one or more of the senses. Your senses are always turned on and your brain is constantly processing their signals. Sometimes these signals trigger an emotion, memory, mental image, or idea, which in turn can aid in creative thinking and problem solving. Ideally, physical trips to new places and events provide the greatest amount of stimulation. You could visit a museum, park, bakery or any place that triggers the senses.
8. Fuel the Imagination.
Many things can fuel or inspire imaginations, from physical items and experiences to mental images and memories. However, something that jumpstarts imaginations like nothing else is questions, and one question in particular – “What if.” The question often includes a change of some sort in a story plot or event, color, method, etc. While providing interesting tools and items in a creativity area is a must, also teach children to question, create, adapt, and invent new scenarios or solutions. To do this, ask open-ended questions that hav no “right” answer. “What if” and “how could” questions can help to prompt for details and encourage children to come up with complex thoughts.
9. Promote Independent Thinking.
Independent thinking is based on an individual’s personal preferences, perspectives, and experiences. To lay this important foundation, encourage children to think, make choices, and problem solve for themselves, without depending on others for approval or ideas. For example, give children limited choices. Respect/accept these choices. Teach them to entertain themselves without television or related electronic devices. Children should be able to enjoy their own company while doing things that promote creativity and imagination.
10. Model Creativity.
Even if you don’t feel that you are particularly creative, you can be a good role model for your children. They don’t expect perfection from you. They simply need to see you creating something. A few examples could be cooking/baking, painting, gardening, writing, restoring cars, refinishing furniture, building birdfeeders, etc. The key is to focus on the fun and the process of the activity rather than the product itself.
Children are naturally creative. They use their primal critical and creative thinking skills as they explore and try to understand the world around them. So, children come “creative-ready.” To take them to the next level, implement a few of these tips to help develop and enhance their creativity.
Here’s a wonderful book that can help parents raise creative children (just click on the cover to learn more about it):
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Believe it or not making art for your own enjoyment actually has its benefits to both your mind and body. We often spend our weeks rushing around focusing on our everyday commitments whether its your job, looking after kids, school or ticking off daily errands, that we never really get the chance to relax.
When you’re overwhelmed with the stresses of a busy lifestyle, actually embracing your creativity can actually reduce anxieties and stresses to clear your mind making you feel better. So art itself is extremely theraputic and to fill you in abit more as to why doodling, colouring or painting should become apart of your weekly schedule here’s 3 reasons why art is good for you!
1. Helps you to slow down - During the week we’re all on the go and so being a little creative whether it’s drawing, colouring, painting or snapping a photo with your camera actually helps you to physically and mentally slow down. Rushing around doesn’t do our bodies internally any good and so making time to do something artistic that you enjoy is healthy to both your body and mind.
2. You embrace a side of yourself you might not usually - Not all of us work a creative job but this doesn’t mean if you’re an accountant for example you can get inky and doodle away! You may even surprise yourself with the things you create and through that feel a sense of achievement in the things you make which builds up your positivity in mind.
3. Self expression and letting out your emotions – Much like music and drama making art in whichever form, helps you to express a side of yourself you might find hard to do otherwise. Like musicians who infuse emotion into the music they write, you can place emotions into the art pieces you make. In turn this helps you to acknowledge your inner feelings and let out things you might not find the words to say which you are can through a brush or ink for example.
Featured illustration is by Oana Befort and you can find out more about her work here.
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Alice Palace has been going now for nearly 11 years and the most common question I get asked is where do I find my inspiration – so I have been thinking of the answer, and have 11 yeeha’s to help…
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Well, this was quite a treat. My recent post on ways to encourage a family art habit caught the eye of folks at Sketchbook Skool, which led to my being interviewed by Danny Gregory for a Q&Art video. As an eager viewer of this excellent video series, I was delighted to find myself chatting with an artist whose books and classes (I mean klasses) have been a tremendous source of inspiration and education for me. What a joy. Danny asked me for advice on encouraging creativity in children—one of my pet topics, as you know!
(Not included in the video: the two minutes of Rilla bouncing up and down in her overwhelming glee at meeting Danny, one of her heroes, via Skype just before we began the recording. She was absolutely starstruck. )Add a Comment
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Aless has just set up her own studio label called ‘This is gold’. Based in London, she is available for freelance surface pattern, illustration and childrenswear graphics. I love her characters…
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Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard does an excellent job of creating a creative way to get kids interested in learning about the science of weather.Add a Comment
Armed with your sword ( pencil) and shield (sketchbook) there maybe many of you who are soon to leave school education to venture forth into the big wide world. Although like a hero with your map and compass in hand, you now need to start to plot the path you want to take in life and especially if you want to pursue a creative career.
It’s a tough decision to make but there are lots of options out there for you if you’re driven and passionate enough to want to be creative. You could be an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist, fashion designer, pattern designer, ceramist and much more. Although many people will assume that the career path as a creative can be a pennyless one, this isn’t the case if you’re determined and clever in the plans you’re making.
Though these options may differ slightly for each country, university, internships and apprenticeships are some ways in which you can pursue you’re creative aspirations. Each have their benefits and disadvantages, so its important you choose a path that’s best for you. For example university can be expensive but it gives you time, facilities and expertise to hone your creatice practice. Internships and apprenticeships give you hands on workplace experience, but you may not have lots of time to experiment creatively.
These aren’t the only paths to choose, but they’ll hopefully give you food for thought on what to do next. Remember though you can write your creative story however you wish. If you’re not happy with the decisions you make there’s always the option to change the course you’ve set moving towards your aspirations and creative success.
Featured image is by illustrator Arian Armstrong and you can find out more about her work here.
If you’re anything like the thousands of creatives out there, you’ll no doubt have something called “GotToHaveEveryArtSupply-itis”and its incurable. We get so excited and enthusiastic when the glorious sound of the art supply shop opens like an unknown force pulling us in against our will (
not really), to when there’s a sale online we just have to get them all.Although with this vast growing collection of art supplies, in which we think deep down will bestow upon us great creative talent, comes being practical and responsible to.
Each art material has its advantages and disadvantages, however its actually how you use them that will help you to produce great work.So here’s a few tips to really help you choose your creative weapons of choice wisely and wield them like a true creative warrior!
1. Combine materials that compliment each other – Just because you have an artbox filled with yummy supplies, doesn’t mean you have to throw everything into the mix to make the perfect receipe. Experimenting is key to know what works for you and your style to build your creative process. Look closely at the textures, contrasts and effects each material gives you and which would compliment each other nicely to create the perfect creative dish. For example watercolours and coloured pencil work great together to create colour washes with beautiful tone work.
2. He’s got it so I need to have it to - No doubt you’ve done this to where your inspirational creative idol uses a specific art supply and you feel the urge to possess it to achieve greatness. Although this isn’t to say its not the quality of product that gives them great results, bear in mind they’ve been honing their skills and processes with it for countless hours through “practice“. Not every art supply works the same with every creatives style and process, but experiment with different materials to see if introducing it to your creative making steps will benefit the pieces you create.
3. Invest within your budget- Last but not least investing and budgeting, understandably art supplies often aren’t cheap as they come in so many different brands, qualities and quantities at different prices. There’s also artist and student grade materials, however the key is be wise and stick to your budget. Test materials out and if you feel they have a permanent place in how you make your art then this gives you the option to invest in them further.
Good luck creatives and have fun wielding those art supplies!
Featured image by Amy Van Luijk you can find out more about her work here.