This activity was my baby, I thought about it for months. Planned every little detail. Talked about it non stop, and then enjoyed every minute of it. Unfortunately it was very difficult to photograph. It was also difficult to name. I hope I can do this book activity justice because it truly was a good one… I promise!
You be the Illustrator Book Activity
What you need: A book, brown paper bag, paper, crayons and pencils
I spent quite a bit of time searching for the perfect book. It was important that I found one that none of the kids had read. This book activity was for Little M’s kindergarten class so I wanted to stay away from anything too popular.
The book I found was Night Letters by Palmyra LoMonaco was perfect! (Even if you are not doing this activity you should check it out).
Tips for finding the right book
1. The story should be fairly short.
2. Make sure the story stands on it’s own without the pictures.
3. Stay away from characters that are too obvious or really difficult to draw. (Unless of course your little one likes a challenge. )
4. The more details the better, that way your illustrator will have a lot to choose from!
I wrapped the book with a brown paper bag ahead of time.
On the white board I wrote the title, author and left the illustrator blank.
Before opening the book we talked about the roles of an author and an illustrator We discussed how some books are written and illustrated by the same person, while some books have a separate author and illustrator. We talked about different ways two people could work on the same book.
I read through the story once, keeping the pictures hidden. I asked the kids to illustrate the cover of this book using the story they had just heard.
Once everyone was finished with their drawings we reread the book. This time I showed the pictures. We talked about whether or not their vision was the same as the illustrators.
Do you have a book in mind that would be good for this activity?
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