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ELE 616 Research in Children’s Literature Spring 2011 Picture Books:Teddy Surprise!!
What is a Picture Book? http://www.ianbone.com.au/pdfs/PictureBook_IanBone.pdf
What is a picture book? What is an illustrated or story book? What is the difference? A picture book is one in which pictures play a significant role in telling a story. According to picture book artist Uri Shulevitz, “a picture book says in words only what pictures cannot show”, as in Maurice Sendak’sWhere the Wild Things Are. An illustrated or story book, on the other hand, is one in which the story is told and understood in words, but is amplified by illustrations, as in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Frequently Asked Questions
Three types of picture books Wordless books rely solely on illustrations to tell a story Picture storybooks illustrations and text work together to tell the story Illustrated books the text supplies most of the information but the illustrations augment what is said or serve as decoration Mendoza, J. and Reese, D. (2001, Fall). Examining Multicultural Picture Books for the Early Childhood Classroom: Possibilities and Pitfalls. Early Child Research and Practice, 3, 2.
Reading Pictures We librarians [and teachers] can train ourselves, as adults, to think in pictures again. Such thinking is called visual literacy. Developing visual literacy is much the same as learning a foreign language. Banta, G. (2004, Winter). Reading Pictures: Searching for Excellence in Picture Books. Children and Libraries, 2, 3. Gratia J. Banta is a former Chair of the Caldecott Medal Committee
Visual Literacy - What is it? The term Visual Literacy, . . . , refers to the ability to understand and produce visual messages. Click here to download a sample teaching program for Visual Literacy through Picture Books (pdf) for use with students in Stages 2&3. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bookzone/vislit.html
Famous Picture Book Authors & Illustrators
2011 Caldecott Medal Winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee The 2011 Randolph Caldecott Medal written by Philip C. Stead; Illustrated by Erin E. Stead THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Listen to Erin E. Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medalist, discuss the woodblock prints she created to illustrate Philip C. Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
Picture Book Resources
Every Picture Tells A Story is the foremost gallery of the Art of Illustration – children’s book art, fantasy, cartoon and editorial works. Choose from over 80 of the greatest illustrators of all time and your favorite characters from literature.
Picture Book Resources is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to foster connections between visual and verbal literacy and to provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind. http://www.picturebookart.org/
Picture Book Resources Looking Critically at Picture Books With increasing numbers of picture books aimed at older and more sophisticated readers comes the challenge to teachers and librarians to make those encounters more meaningful and enjoyable. . . . Here are a few of the techniques I've used with success.
Picture Book Resources European Picture Book Collection The EPBC was designed to help pupils to find out more about their European neighbours through reading the visual narratives of carefully chosen picture books. http://www.ncrcl.ac.uk/epbc/EN/index.asp?
Bear picture books A 40-year-old from Eric Carle
Sequels to Brown Bear
The story behind Corduroy The actual “story” behind a character named Corduroy is a book (as yet still unpublished) by Don called Corduroy, the Inferior Decorator. This is a story about a young boy who drove his parents crazy by painting on the walls of their apartment. “Corduroy” was a pet name that my father had for me when I was very young because I used to wear corduroy overalls all the time. Roy Freeman, Don’s son, on webpage, The Story Behind Corduroy, where you can also read how the story developed into a bear looking for a button in a department store Click here (download MP3, 2.9 MB) to listen to an mp3 version of Don reading the beginning of “The Inferior Decorator” to jazz music! Click here to see all the Corduroy books!
Native Americans in picture books Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith The story of Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee(Creek) - Ojibwe(Chippewa) girl who, in bringing together her regalia, honors the women of her family and her intertribal community.
2010 American Indian Youth Literature Award WinnerBest Picture Book is Thomas King’s A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, published by Groundwood Books, 2009. See a short review on Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s Literature
Maurice Sendak “A delightful curmudgeon” “. . . Mr. Sendak’s originality and emotional honesty have changed the shape of children’s literature; that his work is featured in museums; that he has designed costumes and sets for operas, ballets and theater; that he has won a chest full of awards and prizes including a National Medal of the Arts.” Concerns Beyond Just Where the Wild Things Are, By PATRICIA COHEN, New York Times, September 9, 2008
Another version of The Three Bears
Another Bear picture book!
A fee-based resource for picture books
A free-based resource for picture books Categories
Fables and Fairy Tales
List of Old Picture Books
Teaching with Picture Books
History of Picture Books
Using Picture Books to Teach
The Ezra Jack Keats and New York Public Library New Writer and New Illustrator Award for Children’s Books