Saturday, September 1, 2012

Picture Book Saturday: Let's Get Creative

School has started in most of the country and it's time for kids and teachers to get creative. Let the fun begin! I've received a few books over the summer that will help encourage your kids, whether they're in your classroom, your library, or your homeschool setting...I want to help inspire them to seek their creative sides!

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont and illustrator David Catrow

First published in 2005, this one is getting a new look...lap book form! Perfect for my almost-toddler! The story is fairly simple: mischievous boy with a big imagination decides (with a little help from Mama) that he "ain't gonna paint no more," but first he must finish what he started. The result is a big, bright, beautiful mess of paint and fun. Mama may not be happy, but kids have been delighted by this story since it originally came out. 

I've loved this book for years. David Catrow uses incredibly bold color choices to help show off the fun and creative story that Beaumont has created. Who cares if the child is a tad disobedient? So what if the English used isn't the best? It's a super cute story with great rhymes and a huge dose of imagination. I think we all could use the reminder that sometimes, it's just ok to PAINT! Self-expression is huge here and I love it! 

(After reading this to Elliott we will definitely having the "it's only a story and it is NOT ok to paint your body or our house" talk). 

This story is incredibly spirited and makes for a super silly storytime read. Chant it at the top of your lungs and then pair it with a crazy painting activity. Just make sure you have smocks on hand ;)

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! 
Karen Beaumont
32 pages
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 2012 (lap book edition)
Review copy

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Marisol is in charge of painting the sky for the class mural, but she can't find the color blue! She isn't sure how to create the perfect sky without the perfect blue color and is worried she won't be able to make a beautiful mural. 

When she sees has the opportunity to watch the sky change from day to night -- while riding home on the bus and then sitting on her porch -- Marisol realizes that the sky doesn't HAVE to be blue. It can be whatever she wants it to be, while still becoming something absolutely beautiful. 

Peter Reynolds is one of my absolute favorite authors. Sky Color is going to inspire kids AND adults, which, at least for me, makes an awesome picture book. Just because we've been taught that the sky is blue doesn't mean it has to be blue all the time. Sometimes it's purple, pink, orange, grey...lots of colors. Marisol will help everyone realize that you don't need the color blue to make a creative! 

Sky Color
Peter H. Reynolds
32 pages
August 2012
Review copy

Create with Maisy by Lucy Cousins

Elliott has started to fall in love with all things Maisy. I've seen it happen with kids at the library and bookstore, but didn't realize my own would love this cute little mouse too! This particular title is a bit above his skill level right now, but it will be sticking around on our shelves for awhile until he can use it. 

We start off with a page spread about how Maisy loves to create things and showing off a few of the items she likes to be creative with. The crafts that follow are simple and though they may require a small amount of adult assistance, they'd be excellent for kids 4 and up. It's a great way to let them get creative and express themselves through art, with a small bit of instruction and direction. 

Your kids can make Beady Butterflies, a Blossom Tree, a Pencil Holder, Paper Lanterns, a Button Bowl, and other fun crafts to use as homemade gifts. The holidays are coming up, as much as we'd all like to deny it and our kids are going to have to get busy!

This would make an excellent resource at home, as well as for teachers and librarians. I know you all need crafty books too. 

Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book
Lucy Cousins
48 pages
July 2012
Review copy


Peter H. Reynolds said...

Thank you, Amanda! I appreciate you sharing my newest book, Sky Color with your audience. This is the last book in my Creatrilogy (the 3 book boxed set of The DOt, Ish, Sky Color will be released in October.) I am hoping #kidlit bloggers will make a dot & sign it on Int'l Dot Day to celebrate the freedom to innovate, create, express, share. Check out the details at Thanks again for the kind words about my work. Keep making your mark!

Joannof10 said...

I thought you may enjoy seeing what we did after reading "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More"
Lots of fun!!

Abby said...

I love all these books! Another art themed book I LOVE is Micawber by John Lithgow. :D