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Sherri Duskey Rinker, Nicola Killen & Betsy Cordes – Picturebooking, Episode 92

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I love story time during the holidays and today we have three books to add to your holiday collection.

First Nicola Killen takes us on a child’s magic journey that starts when she wakes to hear the jingling of bells in THE LITTLE REINDEER.

Then we learn about MR. DOG’S CHRISTMAS AT THE HOLLOW TREE INN. This book was originally written in 1898 by Albert Bigelow Paine. Betsy Cordes come on the pod to talk about bringing this story to life for a new generation. Illustrated by Adam McCauley.

And finally Santa’s elves re-imagine how the big guy should travel in THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Jake Parker.

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A Different Pond: Sky/Pond Reflection Paintings

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The illustrations of A Different Pond show the beauty and magic of a starlit sky reflected in a body of water. No matter how simple the activities taking place – gathering sticks, laughing at jokes, catching fish – they all seem more special and significant against the gorgeous backdrop. With a few simple art supplies, your little readers can create their own Sky/Pond reflection paintings.

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Things To Do Poetry Mobile Craft

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The picture book Things To Do inspires us to do something crafty. This Poetry Mobile craft plays with the fluidity, motion and magic of poems in a concreted way and makes a beautiful decoration. It’s a perfect way to bring language and art together with children of any age.

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Inspiration Collages

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Ezra Jack Keats was inspired by a photo of a little boy when he created The Snowy Day. Today we will be making our own collages based on the people, places, and things in our lives that inspire us the most.

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Making Something Beautiful

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In Maybe Something Beautiful, one child sets out to spread joy and light in her community by using the transformative powers of art. Contributor Katie Penry shows us how we can do the same in our own neighborhoods with a fun, inspired craft.

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Transform Your Neighborhood

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Bloggers and book-loving-moms Lauren Davis and Katey Howes have teamed up to offer parents, teachers and caregivers this list of simple, actionable ways you and your children can transform your community into “something beautiful.”

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The Color Tamer Game

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Share this Post This week we feature all the wonders of author/illustrator Julia Denos’ new book, Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. You may have read books about color before, …

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Make Your Own Little Card

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National Library Week 2016 is April 10-16, and we want to help promote this great opportunity to sign up for a library card, see what’s going on at your local library branch, and tell those hard-working library employees how much you appreciate their dedication to reading and access to great literature for all. That’s why we invited A Big Surprise for Little Card illustrator Anna Raff to help us create a Little Card of our own!

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Swap! Pirate Ship Snacks

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One of the super things about SWAP! (that I’m pretty sure author/illustrator Steve Light never suspected as he wrote it) is that it is packed with snacking potential. After all, what does any average group of kids do when they sit down in the cafeteria and open their lunch boxes?
They SWAP!

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HOME by Carson Ellis: Mini Houses Craft

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Home is a beautiful book. It’s a meditation on where we live. City and country. Splendid and simple. Real and imagined. This craft is less instructional and more inspirational. Do you want to make a mini home like one from the cover of the book? Or would you rather dream up your own? Please do!

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Sherri Duskey Rinker, Nicola Killen & Betsy Cordes – Picturebooking, Episode 92

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick PattonLeave a Comment

I love story time during the holidays and today we have three books to add to your holiday collection.

First Nicola Killen takes us on a child’s magic journey that starts when she wakes to hear the jingling of bells in THE LITTLE REINDEER.

Then we learn about MR. DOG’S CHRISTMAS AT THE HOLLOW TREE INN. This book was originally written in 1898 by Albert Bigelow Paine. Betsy Cordes come on the pod to talk about bringing this story to life for a new generation. Illustrated by Adam McCauley.

And finally Santa’s elves re-imagine how the big guy should travel in THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Jake Parker.

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Home Book Trailer

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Artist Carson Ellis has shared a beautiful story through her art and words in HOME. Each dwelling tells a tale and this book trailer Carson created with Central Office is a look into the studio and the life of the artist.