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Picture Writer DVD: The Art of the Picture Book

An ALA 2012 Notable Children's Video
Eric Carle fans, readers and artists of all ages will thrill to watch The Art of the Picture Book, a new film about the artist's life and creative process. This intimate portrait lets every viewer into Eric Carle's world as if you were there beside him in his studio. Listen and watch as he creates his pictures, remembers his childhood, reflects on the creative life he has led for decades as the creator of more than 70 books for children. The Art of the Picture Book captures the magic of Eric Carle; a man who sees each child as an individual and who is deeply connected to the child he once was.

Running time: 30 minutes.

Click here to watch a trailer!

Item No. 9780545722957
$40.00
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McKenna, Betsy

Art Workshop for Children is not just another book of straightforward art projects. The book's unique child-led approach provides a framework for cultivating creative thinking and encourages the wonder that comes when children are allowed to freely explore the creative process and their materials.

As children work through these open-ended workshops, adults are guided on how to be facilitators who provide questions, encourage deep thinking, and help spark an excitement for discovery.

Children explore basic materials and workshops that use minimal supplies, and then gradually add new materials to fill the art cabinets as well as new skills and more complex workshops. Most workshops are suitable to preschool-aged children, and each contains ideas for explorations and new twists to engage older or more experienced artists.

Interspersed throughout are sidebar essays that introduce perspectives on mess-making, imperfection, the role of adult, collaborative art, and thoughts on the Reggio Emilia method, a self-guided teaching philosophy.

These pieces underscore the value of art-making with children, and support the parent/teacher/care-giver on how to successfully lead, question, and navigate their children through the workshops to result in the fullest experiences.

Item No. 9781631591433
$22.99
Collage Workshop for Kids
Merenstein, Shannon
Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children--made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum's education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.
Item No. 9781631595202
$24.99
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Sharp, Colby

Literacy advocates with a deep passion for books bestselling author Donalyn Miller and 5th grade teacher Colby Sharp showcase the power of children s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children s meaningful interaction with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities. Through research and testimonials from voices in the field and their own classroom experiences, Miller and Sharp provide practical and resourceful information on a range of topics and areas, (including successful school and classroom libraries, the power of book ownership, the importance of cultural and social access to books, and meaningful family-community reading engagement) designed to help dramatically increase children s access to and life-changing engagement with books.

Item No. 9781338310597
$21.95
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Olmsted, Sarah
For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points--activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They're about the process of getting there. They're about the conversations that happen while making things together. They're about getting to know the world inch by inch. They're about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They're about living in childhood . . . regardless of your actual age. They're about being a kid.
Item No. 9781590309704
$19.95
Picture This - Hardcover (Revised)
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas--about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story--remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.
Item No. 9781452135151
$28.99
Picture This - Softcover (Revised)
Bang, Molly
Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary.

Bang's powerful ideas remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius: Explore the intricate and thought-provoking ideas that Bang brings to Picture This including thoughts about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? She asks the right questions to get your wheels turning while the illustrations and thoughtful designs bring the words to life.

  • Explores the mix of geometrical abstraction and emotional expressions, plus how a few clear principles can be used to build powerful visual statements.
  • Encourages you to answer the question, "How does the structure of a picture--or any visual art form--affect our emotional response?"
  • Includes powerful imagery and beautiful illustrations to help readers feel connected to the text.
  • First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

    Molly Bang has authored and illustrated more than three dozen books and has won three Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Award, among other accolades, in her long career as a writer and artist.

    Picture This makes an imaginative and inspiring gift for any artist or loved one who is interested in design.

    Item No. 9781452151991
    $22.99
    Reading Picture Books with Children
    Lambert, Megan Dowd

    A new, interactive approach to storytime, The Whole Book Approach was developed in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and expert author Megan Dowd Lambert's graduate work in children's literature at Simmons College, offering a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.

    Traditional storytime often offers a passive experience for kids, but the Whole Book approach asks the youngest of readers to ponder all aspects of a picture book and to use their critical thinking skills. Using classic examples, Megan asks kids to think about why the trim size of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline is so generous, or why the typeset in David Wiesner's Caldecott winner, The Three Pigs, appears to twist around the page, or why books like Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express and Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar are printed landscape instead of portrait. The dynamic discussions that result from this shared reading style range from the profound to the hilarious and will inspire adults to make children's responses to text, art, and design an essential part of storytime.

    Item No. 9781580896627
    $21.95
    Silly Starters Write-About Prompts

    Young writers are sure to enjoy responding to these fun writing starters! Select a writing task, an object to write about, and an unusual and humorous quality that object has. Each custom-made starter is sure to spark creativity, tickle funny bones, and build writing skills. Perfect for grades 4-8.

    Item No. 789892020203
    $16.95
    The Art of Eric Carle - Softcover
    Eric Carle

    Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.
    - Booklist

    Item No. 9780399240027
    $19.99