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This is an exciting book for parents and teachers who read books to children. It talks about a new, interactive approach to storytime called ‘The Whole Book Approach”. This concept was developed in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and expert author Megan Dowd Lambert’s graduate work in children’s literature at Simmons College. The approach offers a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.
When you think of traditional storytime, it is often a passive experience to kids. The stories are being read at them and to then, but not WITH them. The Whole Book approach asks the youngest of readers to ponder all aspects of a picture book and to use their critical thinking skills. Using classic examples, Megan asks kids to think about things like, ‘why the trim size of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline is so generous?’, or ‘why the typeset in David Wiesner’s Caldecott winner,The Three Pigs, appears to twist around the page?’ The dynamic discussions that result from this shared reading style range from the profound to the hilarious and will inspire adults to make children’s responses to text, art, and design an essential part of storytime. What a wonderful book to share with your children together!
About Charlesbridge Publishing: ‘Books for Young Readers’. Charlesbridge Publishing is a Watertown, Massachusetts independent publisher of children’s books for ages 0-14. Charlesbridge first started publishing in 1989 and their very first books were alphabet books on nature. Check out more of their alphabet books, as well as their entire catalog, here on their website.
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