Author/illustrators think both visually and literally. Story and information is presented in both words and pictures. The images don't just supplement the words, they enhance, interact, and inform the words and actions, and help create character and place. Images provide visual clues to the words on the page, fostering a deeper literacy.
Simmons College senior lecturer and picture book expert Megan Dowd Lambert, created the Whole Book Approach as a dynamic new model focused on the picture book as a visual art form. It is a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes. Whether in the classroom, library, or home, the Whole Book Approach serves as an elegant primer on the picture book art form for readers of all ages. Megan has provided the keys to the Whole Book Approach--including, considering trim size, end pages, overall book design--in her book READING PICTURE BOOKS WITH CHILDREN.
In this program, Megan converses with children's picture book author/illustrators who approach storytelling from the standpoint of words with pictures, and pictures with words. The whole book. How does their visual literacy translate to book creation for early childhood literacy? How do they approach an idea first--with words or with pictures?
Panelists David Hyde Costello, Don Tate, and Duncan Tonatiuh, all award-winning and talented illustrators, have mastered how to tell a story with imagery, but how did they become storytellers? When they see a story to tell, is arranging the words the first obstacle, or creating a visual story? When visiting classrooms and libraries, how do children respond to the idea of storytelling being a verbal, visual, and a written opportunity?
Teachers and librarians have raved about Megan Dowd Lambert's Whole Book Approach and READING PICTURE BOOKS WITH CHILDREN. Discussing the creation of stories with author/illustrators and how to draw children more deeply into books will inspire and educate attendees to bring this process into their own classrooms and libraries.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Books & Authors
Interests: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Professional Development, Youth Services
Type of Library: Elementary School, Library School, Public, School/Media Center, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.