Monday, November 7, 2016

Celebrate National Writing Month -- Write & Illustrate Your Own Book!


Are you a budding author or illustrator? Stop by the Youth Services Desk any time during November to pick up instructions and materials then bring in your finished manuscript back to the library by December 5th. Books will be spiral bound and all authors and illustrators who create a book will be celebrated at an author reading and reception.

Want to jump-start your book or get some fun ideas?  Bridgewater Librarian and picture book lover Carol Simon Levin will help you get your creative juices flowing at our kickoff. (Grades K-6, registration required).

Display books about writing books for kids to peruse as they arrive.

Book:  I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino (A history of stories from cave drawings to present-day books)  Sarah’s Story by Bill Harley(arrived too late for 2016 – use for 2017), A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsonor or  Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett might also be great. 

Book: This is My Book (and No One Else!) by Mark Pett (A panda interrupts an author’s attempt to control the narrative of his book – gives ideas for pop ups etc. as well)

Action/Song: “Throw it Out the Window” (silly riff on nursery rhymes)

Book: The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch (parts of the book within a story) – might use instead: Pick a Picture, Write a Story by Kristen McCurry or Look at my Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy 808.02 LEE or How this Book was Made by Rex Barnett (A humorous look at the real book-making process – author, editor, illustrator, printing, distribution, reader)

White Board – “Brainstorming”  Characters, Setting, Problem, Solutions…

Alternate books:  By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freedman, Inside This Book (Are Three Books) by Barry Saltzberg, A Book by Mordecai Gerstein, Violet and Victor write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers, Inside by Imagination by Marta Arteaga

Resource books include How to Make Pop-Ups by Joan Irvine 745.54 IRV, Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn by Gwen Diehn 745.54 DIE, Making Shape Books by Gillian Chapman 745.54 CHA

Craft: Start making books – supplies – cardboards, blank pages, instructions + construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, pencils, markers, etc. Illuminated manuscripts – glitter pens for first initials?

11.7.16 BWL

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