Friday, October 29, 2010

DiTerlizzi for Caldecott

If Brian Selznick's distinction as the first illustrator to skew the norm of a 32 page picturebook with his Caldecott Award Winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Word and Pictures in 2008, then surely the distinguishing first attempt at a digital pop-up book exemplified in Tony DiTerlizzi's The Search for Wondla (the first installment in the Wondla trilogy) would be considered in 2011.

Digital Pop-Up Book No. 1 (Video)

Page 123 of Tony DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla in augmented reality. 

I'm in WondLa indeed ...

Stories + Technology = Interactive Games

I'm an official gamer at !

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October Library Programs

82 Resources for October Library Programs:
Includes the topics of:
Bat bats / big / bone bones / dinosaur dinosaurs / Halloween / large / monster monsters / monster trucks / monstrous / scarecrow scarecrows / skeleton skeletons / spider spiders

53 Resources for a Monster Mash Library Program for K-3:
Includes media and fiction and nonfiction books on the topic of monsters as well as other Halloween themes.

Follow the link for the handout for a "Halloween Fun" program for families with children of all ages.  I make Dem Bones into a movement story, encouraging the audience to find and touch their different bones.  I make "Walkin' Home on Halloween" into a creative dramatic by having volunteers dress as a ghost (white sheet), witch (hat and broom), and wolf (use puppet). 

For the teens who happened upon the program (!), I encouraged them to think about what they wanted to pursue after high school.  I stressed the importance of the oral storytelling tradition, and encouraged them to become storytellers or write and illustrate their own stories/graphic novels.  As we were talking about bones, I also asked if they had learned about them already, or if they were interested in entering the medical profession.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeremy Northam on Storytelling

"Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling." - Jeremy Northam

A perfect quote for my musings about story sharing found on Addie Hirschten's blog.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Asperger's Syndrome and StoryCorps

At ALA Annual of this year, I caught the end of Dave Isay's presentation.  Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps.

I've found that I'm still thinking about this particular story in which a twelve year old boy (who has Asperger's syndrome) interviews his mother.  Here is the animated short.

I think about the questions he asks like, "Have you ever lied to me?" and "Was I the child you hoped I would be?"

I think about how his mother calmly responds, never skipping a beat: "You've exceeded my expectations ... You have made me grow so much as a parent. [I've had to learn to think outside the box, and I thank you for that.]"

In my personal life, I think about the people that I'm close to that face such different challenges than myself.

In my professional life, I think about the challenge of sharing stories and information with a group of developmentally diverse children.

I think about how by knowing and interacting with all those who are different from me, I have had such opportunity to grow as an individual.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tattoos, Dialogic Reading, and Unity

Here's a train of thought:

I've noticed that more and more of the people (that I help at the library) have tattoos.  Perhaps my awareness has increased with my interest in them, or perhaps more people are getting them.

Whatever the reason for this observation, I have a positive outlook on body art that is akin to my love of picturebook illustration ... and I recently stumbled on a thought which brings value to body art as a conversation piece.

With any form of artistic expression (remember my brief cell phone/ring tone post?) or striking diversity, there is opportunity for sharing ... or listening to ... a story.  There is potential for learning something new or finding a commonality.

At the very least, dialogic reading shows us that an illustration provides a platform for bonding and conversation.

Conversation and communication (as I explored in my recent article) are keys to fostering unity.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Leadership Motivation Assessment

To take a leadership motivation assessment, go to:

I scored a 57 which just barely puts me in the "strong motivation to lead" category.  I'm definately still learning ...

I've been a quieter on this blog the last month because I'm researching and thinking about several projects (and seeking information from others on the various library related listservs ... feel free to comment on this post as well):
  • special programming for newborn to sixth month olds (apart from 6 - 23 month olds) that also targets expectant parents and is a shorter version of our baby brilliant brain education workshops
  • how to evaluate programs
  • preparing more for children with special needs who may attend a program
I welcome any thoughts, and enjoy connecting with other professionals!