Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Letters About Literature


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Have you ever felt the power and lift of literature? Has one book - or perhaps one author - inspired you to change your view of yourself or your world? If so, the Center for the Book encourages you to enter this year's Letters About Literature writing competition! All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work affected you. Consider one or more of these questions when writing your letter:
  • Did the characters, conflict or setting mirror your life in some way?
  • What strengths or flaws do you share with a character or characters in the book?
  • What did the book show you about your world that you never noticed before?
  • What surprised you about yourself while you were reading this book?
  • Why was this work meaningful to you?
  • As you were reading, what did you remember about yourself or something you experienced in the past?
  • How did the book's characters or theme help you to understand that past experience?
Click on the title of this post to find out more about this exciting contest!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ish


by Peter Reynolds

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes.

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The Dot


by Peter Reynolds

One little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.

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Helping Out is Cool


by Ellen Feinman Moss

Wondering how you can make a difference? Helping Out is Cool illustrates different ways that you and your family can volunteer and 'help out' in your community.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!


by Karen Beaumont

When Mama catches her son "paintin' pictures on the floor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/and the door," she sticks him in the tub and declares, "Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!" Fresh from his bath, the child rescues his hidden supplies...

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush


by Tomie de Paola

This vivid retelling of an old Texas legend reveals how the Indian paintbrush, the state flower of Wyoming, first bloomed, and how a young brave dreams of creating a painting that will capture the beauty of a sunset.

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The Art Lesson


by Tomie de Paola

A boy named Tommy loves to draw with his Binney & Smith Crayola crayons, and these pictures hang on his side of the room, in his mother's kitchen, at the barber shop where his father works, in the store of his Irish grandparents and in the home of his Italian grandmother Nana.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Ralph S. Mouse

by Beverly Cleary



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Ida B.

by Katherine Hannigan



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Edward's Eyes

by Patricia MacLachlan



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