"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel

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Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.



Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

17 June 2010

Literacy Tip #8 - Help Your Child Find a Favorite Author and Illustrator :: AND A GIVEAWAY!!!



I began a weekly feature on this blog a few weeks ago that showcases a different childrens' author or illustrator each Friday. 

Have you noticed it?

I call it "Mystery Friend Friday," and I give clues throughout the week to pique your (and, hopefully, your children's) interest in who the special author or illustrator will be.  I began this feature for a specific reason...and that leads me to today's literacy tip!

We all have our favorite authors, book and movie genres, actors and actresses (the list goes on and on)...and our children are no different! I, personally, have a repertoire of certain children's authors and illustrators whose writing and artwork, respectively, I enjoy to such degree that I will read anything and everything they write and/or illustrate.  How about you

For example, I will read anything written by Margaret Wise Brown, Cynthia Rylant, Lemony Snicket, Cornelia Funke, Andrew Clements, E.L. Konigsburg, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Avi...just to name a few! Children's illustrators whose work I adore include:  Lois Ehlert, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, Melissa Sweet, Maurice Sendak, Carin Berger, Arnold Lobel, and Eric Carle (again, I have to stop myself here!).

The sheer thrill I experience from picking up new or undiscovered books from the aforementioned authors and illustrators is incredibly exciting and fulfilling, and seeing my own children experience this type of enjoyment is amazing.  

If your child has not found a favorite author or illustrator yet, introduce him or her to some of your favorites in the world of children's literature! Point out the similiarities in the prose, writing style, patterns, and illustrations of a certain author or illustrator, and he or she will eventually find a favorite! Consequently, this expands your child's thirst and excitement of reading.  What a positive way to build your child's love of literature!

Now, how about this week's final clue for Mystery Friend Friday? It is...Seth.

  

It's time for another giveaway here at A Novel Idea!!!

One lucky reader will win a Boy's Book Pack in honor of Father's Day...since all fathers were once boys! The pack includes the following four brand-new, paperback books from Scholastic:


Jacob Ladder
Ghosthunters And The Totally Moldy Baroness!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
and Superfudge by Judy Blume (same edition as above).


You must be a follower of this blog to enter this giveaway.  Additional entries may be obtained by doing the following:
  • Become a follower of my other blog, Ten Thousand Hugs.
  • Leave a comment that shares your favorite children's author and/or illustrator.
  • Grab my button and place it on your blog!

Please leave a comment on this post for each entry, including your e-mail address with each one!
This giveaway is open until Friday, June 25th at 11:59 pm CST.  Open only to U.S. residents.

Best of luck!

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22 comments:

Kay said...

Hi, I'm stopping by on the Hop. I like your aim with your blog and will take a look around. Hope you have a good weekend!

bibliophiliac said...

Hello, I stopped by on the Blog Hop and became a follower. I loved your interview with your husband;)

Loren said...

What a wonderful blog you have here! I came by via the hop and am looking forward to knowing you since I am following now :)

Hope you can come by and say hi and follow me

http://www.heartofabookworm.blogspot.com

M. A. Noeth said...

Hello. I found you through the Blogger Hop. I LOVE your blog! I’m a big children’s picture book reader. I just discovered here “Masterpiece” by Elise Broach. Thanks for posting! I added it to my must-read list. (I had been commenting on that exact post, but I lost the page.) Have you listed your blog on the Kidlitosphere page? If not, I highly recommend. There are a lot of children’s book writers and readers who will love your site.

Great to meet you,
M. A. Noeth
http://mnoeth.typepad.com

M. A. Noeth said...

Hello. I found you through the Blogger Hop. I LOVE your blog! I’m a big children’s picture book reader. I just discovered here “Masterpiece” by Elise Broach. Thanks for posting! I added it to my must-read list. (I had been commenting on that exact post, but I lost the page.) Have you listed your blog on the Kidlitosphere page? If not, I highly recommend. There are a lot of children’s book writers and readers who will love your site.

Great to meet you,
M. A. Noeth
http://mnoeth.typepad.com

Kinsey said...

Your blog is adorable! I'm so glad I found it through the Hop.
Looking forward to more posts!

Annette said...

Hello, thank you for stopping by my blog as well @ A Garden of Books. I'm now a follower of you.

Kelly McDermott-Bay said...

Hi, I found you one the hop. I am doing a beach bag giveaway package on my book blog site too. I hope you hop by and check it out and enter.
Kelly Bookend Diaries
http://bookenddiaries.blogspot.com

Jen said...

I found your blog today just from mingling with other newbies! What a wonderful blog!

I love your idea of Mystery Friday and the giveaway, what fun you must have over here in your neck of the woods!

Kathleen said...

Also arrived via the hop... great blog!

Julie said...

I'm so glad you're going to join my Summer Reading Challenge! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm going to start following yours since I'm always looking for new books for my kids!

Mystee said...

I'm stopping by from New Friend Friday & am your newest follower.

If you have a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog, follow back and take a moment to enter any of the current 4 giveaways {low entries}.

Have a great weekend

http://amomentwithmystee.blogspot.com/2010/06/friday-friends.html

Hawk said...

Hopping along minding my business. Ok, maybe not. Checking out your site.

Sweet Background!

Happy Reading!

Janet Johnson said...

Found you at the hop! How fun.

We've recently started sharing C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia with our boys. Great fun!

furygirl3132 said...

I am stopping by to enter your giveaway from Welcome Wednesday and am a follower (furygirl3132). I would love to win these books for my oldest daughter (I know she's not a boy) but she really loves books like this especially Judy Blume books. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Eloise
furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

Lu said...

I am soo a follower! What great "boy" books you've chosen.

Lu said...

So many great authors and illustrators out there. Eric Carle is classic, but I also love Mark Teague (Pigsty) and Mark Beuhner (Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night).

Reading My Life Away said...

Love the blog, fav, kid author --Maurice Sendak and also Lois lowry

Reading My Life Away said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail readingmylifeaway@hotmail.com also my blog is http://lostinsidewrittenword.blogspot.com/ fav. kid author Maurice Sendak and also Lois Lowry

wmmahaney said...

I have a love of all books by Mo Willems.

wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

wmmahaney said...

I am a follower of your blog.

wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

MelissaAggie98 said...

Happy Friday! You have a really great blog here!

I'm your newest follower...if you get a chance could you please follow me too at http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

Have a great weekend!

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