Michigan image: http://www.clker.com/clipart-white-michigan-on-teal.html Shutta Crum image: http://blog.shutta.com/about-me/interviews/Amanda’s notes: Shutta moved to Michigan when she was a child. It was in Michigan that she went to school and learned to read. As an adult, Shutta has taught both high school English and creative writing at the community college level. Shutta was also a librarian for over 24 years! She was a youth librarian and a storyteller who traveled around the state reading stories to children at hospitals and in schools. In 2002, Shutta’s hard work as a librarian was recognized when she was awarded the Michigan Library Association’s Award of Merit as youth librarian of the year.Although she was not born in Michigan, Shutta has made many contributions to this state through teaching, storytelling, and writing.
Image:http://blog.shutta.com/books-2/bravest-of-the-brave/Bravest of the Brave is about a skunk who is alone in the dark woods. Eventually, the little skunk becomes a hero and stands up to his fears.Amanda’s notes: As a librarian, Shutta often sang songs during story time. One of these songs inspired Shutta to write Bravest of the Brave. She decided a skunk would be the hero of the book and then began doing a lot of research into the physical defense mechanisms of skunks, which include a lot more than spraying. Understanding the ways skunks defend themselves, Shutta was able to make her hero’s actions more intense.Shutta really enjoyed writing this book because she got to use so many adverbs, which is something writers try to avoid, but in Bravest of the Brave, Shutta claims adverbs are very important.She also loves Tim Bowers’ illustrations. She thinks he made the skunk look very spunky and loves the details hidden in the forest.
Star image: http://www.freeclipartnow.com/signs-symbols/stars/star-double.jpg.htmlRibbon image: http://www.polyvore.com/free_award_ribbon_clipart_public/thing?id=48467076Shutta has received many awards for her books. She has had starred reviews from School Library Journal, and from Horn Book Magazine. Her books have also won awards such as Best Books of the Year, Best Children’s Books of the Year, and Children’s Choice.
Seal image: http://michiganreading.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=105&Itemid=185Book award image: http://www.ilfonline.org/programs-awards/young-hoosier-book-award/Amanda’s notes: In 2004, Shutta received a Michigan award, called the Great Lakes, Great Books Awardfor her book called House in the Meadow. Illus. by Paige Billin Frye and published in 2003.Shutta received a Young Hooiser Book Award for Bravest of the Brave. The Young Hooiser Book Award is given by the Indiana library federation. Students throughout the state are allowed to vote for their favorite book, and in 2008 Shutta’s book was chosen as the winner!
Images:http://blog.shutta.com/for-teachers/Shutta has brought the gift of literature to many children throughout Michigan. She was a librarian, a storyteller, a teacher, and a writer of children’s books. She has contributed a lot to the state of Michigan and has helped touch the lives of many children with her stories, books, and teaching.This concludes our presentation, we hope you enjoyed it!
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Introducing Michigan Author… …Shutta Crum! Presentation by: Amanda Piersall and Jaclyn Jewell TE 301- Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature- Dr. Storey December 14th, 2012
Early Life• Born in Kentucky.• Her family members were avid storytellers.• Moved to Michigan.• In Michigan she learned to read.
Shutta’s Life in Michigan• Taught highschool English.• She taught creative writing at a community college.• Spent 24 years as a librarian.
Shutta the Writer• Has written picture & chapter books.• Wrote her first poems in elementary school.• Began her work in 1997.• Being a librarian inspired her to write.
Fox and Fluff• Illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello.
Fox and Fluff • Story about a Fox who raises a chick.• Won “Best Children’s Books of the Year.”
Bravest of the Brave• Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Bravest of the Brave• About a brave skunk in the woods.• Illustrated by Tim Bowers.• Won “Children’s Choice” Award.• Was read at the White House.
Shutta’s Awards• Starred review from School Library Journal. • Starred review from Horn Book Magazine. • “Best Books of the Year”
Shutta’s Awards• “Great Lakes, Great Books” Award winner.• The House in the Meadow• Illustrated by Paige Billin Frye• “Young Hooiser Book Award winner”• Bravest of the Brave
Shutta Crum• Shutta contributes a lot to Michigan.• She was a librarian and storyteller.• She was a teacher.• Most importantly, Shutta is a writer.