Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Small Business Saturday!
Thank you, friends, neighbors, you lovely folks all
who burst the coat buttons off our tiny downtown.
Cheers to you, supporters of the small!
Pip and Winnie helped all day.
Decorating the chalkboard was one of their important jobs.
The Holiday Bazaar held a treasury of beautiful things to be found-
handcrafted jewelry, rescued cashmere, shelves of books, felted creations,
art and prints by the Watsons (my dad Richard and my brother Jesse).
See the sight word cards in their handmade green and blue folios?
It felt strange, seeing them all lined up so soldierly after all this work.
I was kind of excited about the greeting cards and gicleé prints, too.
My heart feels squeezed up with gratefulness.
And just to keep the adventures rolling in,
I re-opened the Etsy Shop.
Birdy and Sugar Snack helped me with the photos.
Sight word art cards are in stock,
prints and cards are coming soon.
Have a look, if you like!
And thank you, my friends.
I'm warmed to the toes
by all of the support and love
I've had from so many of you.
Here's to warm toes,
and joy in each journey!
Friday, November 27, 2015
with my first tiny print run
of sight word cards.
Tomorrow, it's this:
And after that, I'll get the Etsy shop oiled up and rolling.
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard by Jennifer K. Mann
The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
Monday, November 16, 2015
Our Mock Caldecott project is in full swing.
So far, we've discussed the Caldecott award,
the workings of a Caldecott committee,
and what to look for in our very own sessions.
I thought it might be fun to share how we're teaching our committee to vote.
1. ExcellenceWe examine each book - its design, how the pages feel,
the endpapers, the copyright page.
We try to figure out the art medium used,
whether fancy research was done,
if the art is consistent, stunning, unique.
|"In a Village By the Sea" by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu|
Nikki McClure's book "In" is made from paper cuts.
Vincent X. Kirsch's illustrations in "Gingerbread for Liberty" are made to look like gingerbread. More deliciousness.
|In - by Nikki McClure|
We consider how well the art and the text work together to fill up the story.
Is there a tone or mood to the words,
and do the pictures complement it?
We look at layers -
we ask ourselves what that story is really about,
and then, what else is it about?
|The Bear Ate Your Sandwich - by Julia Sarcone-Roach|
3. ImportanceBy "reading" the book first without words,
we figure out if the illustrations give us clues, if they tell some of the story.
Then we read it a second time with words, scrutinize how the text is represented,
if the pictures and words are perfectly matched,
or if they give too much away.
We look for details, hints, clues within the story and pictures
that might add to the wow of the book.
|If You Plant a Seed - Kadir Nelson|
4. AppealAnd then we ask if we'd want to pick the book up,
if we think it would appeal to kids.
How much do we love that particular book?
Voters score books from 1-5 in each category,
and slip their ballot in its book envelope.
Here is the library's Caldecottmobile.
Each of our nominees will be displayed in the library and available for voting
until January, when our top finalists will be announced.
At that time, our committee will debate for favorites,
vote on the final few, and, drumroll....
Letters to Authors and Illustrators!
Some of our nominees:
Finding Winnie: the true story of the world's most famous bear
- by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Water is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason ChinIn by Nikki McClure
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Gingerbread for Liberty by Maria Rockcliff, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
The Night World by Mordecai Gerstein
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hallowhoot, and have a happy hoot!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
In November's gusty gale I will flop my flippy tail
and spout hot soup.
I'll be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice,
spouting chicken soup with rice.
- Chicken Soup With Rice, A Book of Months, by Maurice SendakIt may not be spouting hot soup, but good news is easy to slurp about:
I get to help run Kids' Mock Caldecotts at the library!
And what a library! They've ordered heaps of new books,
which the spectacular librarian Martha Ashenfelter and I
deliberated and drooled over for hours
before whittling our selection to a mere 32 book beauties.
On the first three Thursdays in November,
our library kids will form a Caldecott Committee,
evaluate, debate, and vote for their favorite books of 2015.
In January, we'll hold a final vote,
followed by an awards party.
Doesn't it sound fantastic?
If you are a local friend who knows of some book-loving kids,
bring them in on November Thursdays!
I'll try to post about our delicious book picks and the Caldecott sessions
along the way.
Doesn't it make you want to pick up a stack of picture books and start reading?