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On the Bookshelf: Reading with and Writing for Children 2017 | June 16 – June 18, 2017

A hands-on workshop bringing educators, authors, and illustrators together to celebrate picture books.

Deepen your understanding of the world of picture books and cultivate the essential bookshelf for your classroom, library, or home. You’ll work with our faculty to examine books on language, representation, and content as well as the finer details of art design and illustration.

As an author or illustrator, you’ll learn about the techniques that make a complete picture book package. As an educator, you’ll learn the inner workings of a picture book so you can better identify the right books for your students.

Children’s book authors and illustrators will acquire:

  • An interactive approach to school visits
  • Criteria for thoughtful picture book design for children
  • Demonstrations from illustrator Floyd Cooper on making books with children
  • Language needed for the literature of diversity
  • An opportunity to interact with educators who are using picture books in the classroom
  • Why wordplay matters
  • How to build a classroom of critical thinkers through visual thinking strategies and analysis
  • How to evaluate a picture book like a pro
  • How to take an interactive read-aloud to the next level
  • An opportunity to interact with picture book authors and illustrators striving to create great books for kids
  • A crafted collection of picture books to take back to your classroom

Whether your interest is as a writer, illustrator, or classroom teacher, this workshop will offer you the tools you need to promote the best books for children. Special guests Nikki Grimes and Floyd Cooper will speak to the group and offer a book signing.

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