Educators:Are you considering holding a Young Author Day or an Art and Literacy Celebration Day at your school? Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Choose a Theme Select a theme for your Art and Literacy Day!
At this school, my poem "Deep Sea Squeeze" set the stage for an "Under the Sea" day. When the students entered the building and were greeted with this PTSA-created display (including an octopus hugging their principal and staff members peeking out from a ships portholes!), they knew they were in for something special!
Art and Literacy Stations
Western cartoonist Bonnie Shields demonstrates how to draw a cartoon mule.
These students are hard at work during Bonnie's session
At the Cinquain Station
Students decorated prince and princess crowns with glitter and beads and all sorts of sparkly things after listening to Carmela LaVigna Coyle's wonderful book "Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?"
Ms. Lagow of Dallas created this project. "My students first made crayon rubbings on texture boards, then we painted them with watercolors. When they were dry we folded them accordion style and wove the yarn through holes punched in the sides. Then I gave them photocopies of two poems to glue onto their wall-hanging." These examples use my poem "Weave Me a Poem".
A sheet of paper, a pile of shaving cream, some drops of food coloring... Presto!
Shaving cream art!
Braiding! At this station, the students first learned how to braid. They then created a yarn rope which was worked into their collage project.
Coloring sessions are always a favorite!
Other session ideas... * a drama/theater station * a music station * a dance station * craft stations
Button Competition At Washington Elementary in Sandpoint, ID, the students take part in a design contest. They set out to create that year's Author Visit button. The winning image is printed on the student's name tag stickers and on buttons that the volunteers wear throughout the day.
Winners receive a free book by that year's visiting author.
This year, Bear was the intermediate grade winner at Washington Elementary. His design was inspired by the poem "The Great Chili Cook-Off" from my book of cowboy poems for kids.
Lunch with the Author Many schools work a "Lunch with the Author" event into their author visit day. Check with your visiting author first to make sure he/she is interested in taking part. These students decorated their own placemats and had a placemat ready me as well.