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The Picture Book Academy 2015 | October 9 – October 11, 2015

Picture Books are more than just a song-and-dance between words and pictures. They are true treasures for our children, unlocking deep understanding of our world and igniting an appreciation of fine art.

Join award-winning faculty members Junko Yokota, Laura Beltchenko and Alison Green Myers as they guide you through the creation and educational execution of the very best picture books in the world today. This unique experience unites teachers, authors, and illustrators who will work together to discover the best strategies to present picture books to our youngest readers.

Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators will discover:

  • What educators need from picture books today
  • What award and review committees need from picture books today
  • An interactive approach to presenting Picture Books to children while meeting today’s strict standards-based requirements
  • Hands-on demonstrations from all-star illustrator Floyd Cooper in making books with children and picture book layout

Classroom teachers, Reading Specialists, ESL Instructors, Visual Arts Teachers, and Librarians will discover:

  • How to navigate our standards based curriculums with visual art and picture book layout
  • How to build a classroom of critical thinkers through visual thinking strategies and analysis
  • How to ignite a love of reading by building on our first language-visual and growing into the printed word
  • How to evaluate a picture book like a pro
  • How to take your interactive read aloud to the next level

Bring your love of picture books and we will provide the pedagogy–along with a collection of today’s best picture books for you to take home!

Option to Earn 3 Graduate Credits
To increase the impact on your professional career, we offer an extended track for educators who wish to earn graduate credits for developing standards-based lessons for their classrooms. The coursework will be facilitated over an additional day at the retreat center with a lead teacher. Course requirements and tuition are $290. Participants can earn three graduate credits for attending this workshop; graduate credits for educators are provided in collaboration with Brandman University. Read more

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