Saturday, February 28, 2009
With all those words, it was hard to slip a bite of pancake in edgewise. Of course, the school celebrated with a pancake-themed book.
We were treated to a reading of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's If You Give a Pig a Pancake by actor Gary Cole. Groups of students also read pancake-themed poetry by Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.
As for our esteemed reader, talk about class. This was no read-and-run event for Mr. Cole. He stayed the entire evening to eat dinner, sign autographs, and mingle. Bravo!
I applaud the teachers, parents, students, and school staff for planning and organizing such a wonderful event. I only wish this could happen more than once a year!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Here is my submission for the "Monday Poetry Stretch" challenge at The Miss Rumphius Effect blog:
I have a lingua for lengua.
I got a schwa for bar mitzvah.
But not even I
Can use mein old eye
For decoding Joyce's Wörte.
Please click through the link to read other submissions.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Formalized by Emily Pullen of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, the art of Corpus Libris consists of photographing a book and subject such that the two appear blended. Please hop over to the Corpus Libris blog for some cool examples.
When I learned about the Corpus Libris phenomenon, I dug around in my digital archives to retrieve the above photo of my son with a monstrous spread from Deb Lund and Robert Neubecker's Monsters on Machines.
Link in! I'd love to see your kidlit Corpus Libris pics!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Remember the amazing library mural we featured on the blog recently? This is where it lives.
Here's the "storytime room," complete with a classic Arts & Crafts rocker and a cute child prop.
This is a totally staged photo. I directed the cute child prop to color-coordinate his outfit to Goodnight, Moon. Well, not really... but it worked out nicely, huh?
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Let me set the stage. In The Grouchy Ladybug, the eponymous insect meets various animals throughout the day and tries to pick a fight with each one of them. At "five o'clock," he meets a whale. The massive mammal doesn't respond to the insect's provocation, so the ladybug "flies on."
The grouchy ladybug then attempts to pick a fight with the whale's flipper and fin, but to no avail. By "a quarter to six," he reaches the whale's tail, and you either know what happens next, or you need to read it yourself to find out.
In any case, what fascinated me was the 45-minute flight the reader shares with the grouchy ladybug across the whale's body. Executed as a pair of gatefolds, this scene would have ably expressed one of the concepts explored in the book-- size; yet, executed as 4 double-page spreads, the scene expresses size and another important concept explored in the book-- time.
The use of 4 double-page spreads in The Grouchy Ladybug helps the reader to not only "take in" the size of the whale, but to also experience a sense of the 45 minutes it took the ladybug to fly the length of the whale. The page turns create a momentum of forward motion. And where there is motion, there is time to measure it.
Because the multiple, double-page spreads prevent the reader from being able to see the whale "all at once," there is also the effect of creating a sense of time having passed. The reader would have to go back to an earlier time, by turning the pages, to be at the "beginning" of the whale physically and temporally.
Finally, the use of multiple spreads makes the whale's size seem even larger, because the imagination has to piece the spreads together to form a complete mental picture. As a result, the whale's size can only be limited by the imagination of the individual reader.
The Grouchy Ladybug's use of multiple page spreads, instead of gatefolds, demonstrates the power of picture book design as an important, if somewhat "hidden," element of a picture book's text. And any addition to a picture book creator's arsenal makes even the grouchiest ladybugs smile.
Monday, February 16, 2009
The library is adjacent to Lincoln Park. Completed in 2002, the site features the bust of a "Thinkin' Lincoln" and grassy, tree-covered areas perfect for a picnic with picture books.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
In 2003, a new library was erected, and the mural was moved (i.e., two exterior walls) to its new location at the west end of the current library's parking lot. Click here to see images of the mural in its original location.
If you live in Los Angeles, or plan on visiting someday, put this mural on your list of must-sees. Besides, the Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library is an architecturally-pleasing destination in and of itself. Click here to see photos of this Craftsman style library.
A library card wields much power,
especially in a world that favors controlled thought over free thought.
I'd love for the above image to be on my library card!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In all honesty, I've been coveting this monitor for months. When I recently discovered its clearance sale status, my hubby had to look no further than Office Depot to make his wifey uber happy.
Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!
P.S. Check out the love that's overflowing in the Kidlitosphere today. The Cybils have been announced. Click here.
Friday, February 13, 2009
A novelty book that delivers (sadly, many don't), There Are Cats in This Book keeps readers busy following the playful requests of Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre. My son nearly threw the ball of yarn off the page! "What? How's that possible?" you ask. That's why you've got to pick up this book.
The ending also sets this up as a purr-fect bedtime companion. "P.S. There are fish in this book, too." And I must say that they are gorgeous.
If you're part of a KnitLit group (it's a kniterary literary thing), then you can knit the cats from this book by clicking here. Want to see what else the talented Ms. Schwarz is up to? Click here.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
"Candace, what you need is some good, old-fashioned
Sulfur, ChRomium, Iodine, and BEryllium."
I followed his advice, and now I take them with me wherever I go. I can describe anything now. Thanks, Doc!
What's on your writing bag?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Adjacent to a fire station, the library ties in nicely as a follow-up destination from a firehouse tour. Maybe even search for some fireman-specific picture books?
The above photo features the Children's Department Reading Room.
This friendly giraffe sees if library patrons "measure up." The little guy passed inspection, thankfully.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Do you love water and books? Then the Huntington Beach Public Library is for you. Located at 7111 Talbert Avenue in Huntington Beach, California, there's so much water in this library that you'll want to bring a bathing suit along with your library card.
In the photo above, you're looking at an actual salt water aquarium, not an amazing trompe l'oeil vinyl decal. Plus, there's a cool, bubbly water column that flanks the sides and top of the entryway to the Children's Department.
Not enough water for you, yet? There's a super cool indoor fountain inside the library. No pictures here. You're going to have to see it yourself.
Of course, what would water be without something to navigate? Kids can access this ship through an opening on the opposite side pictured.
Thanks to you, Finnegans can have fun again, because language is not languid. And when you saw lengwhich, like Molly, you said yes, yes, Yes!
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