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

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why wordplay matters
  • How to evaluate a picture book like a pro
  • Criteria for thoughtful picture book design for children
  • Language needed for the literature of diversity
  • What to look for in a good school presentation
  • How to build a classroom of critical thinkers through visual thinking strategies and analysis
  • How to take an interactive read-aloud to the next level


  • Enjoy an opportunity to interact with picture book authors and illustrators striving to create great books for kids
  • Receive a crafted collection of picture books to take back to your classroom
  • Demonstrations from illustrator Floyd Cooper on making books with children
  • Special guests Nikki Grimes and Floyd Cooper will speak to the group and offer a book signing

Blog Posts
A Special Workshop for Educators
Laura Beltchenko: Celebrate Picture Books
Floyd Cooper Has Something to Say

Earn Graduate Credits!
Writers, illustrators and educators have the opportunity to earn graduate level professional development credit through Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System. Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

Our program coordinator Alison Green Myers will assist you with course completion requirements. Please contact her at (877) 288-3410 or via email.

Faculty & Special Guests