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!
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?
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!
The cover of Something Extraordinary contains a wish. A boy blowing on a dandelion, as you do. The first page tells us what the wish is: to fly. In fact, everything the boy wishes for is extraordinary like that. But as the book goes on, the boy learns that extraordinary stuff is in the every day too. Wish granted!
Leo: A Ghost Story is a book that reflects a child’s imagination with its pretend-play, the way a ghost feels commonplace, and the fact that Christian Robinson’s illustrations are created out of imperfect cut-paper. Also, knights of the round table and sidewalk chalk drawings!
YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Goro Fujita, will make you want your own alien. In fact, because the book is written in second person, it says you will see an alien out your window and you will want to keep him. Of course you will!
Loren Long’s LITTLE TREE is a sweet, sweet book. It’s about a tree who hangs on to its leaves, who can’t let go. I think of this craft as a merit badge. It would be a really neat way to recognize a recent or future achievement for a kid. Letting go of something in order to take a step toward growth? Embracing a new challenge? Being brave? We’ve got a patch for that.
The beauty of a diorama is that you get to experience the story in 3D. Plus, a peephole makes it feel like the whole thing is a hidden secret, so that’s a bonus too!
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