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Re: children's book illustrations & design

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Brenda Bain (brenda_b)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 20:58:41 -0400

>Has anyone out there used well illustrated and designed children's books as
>part of their art curriculum? Have you ever seen, created, or used an
>exhibition of such work as a resource for your teaching?
>There is a book by Barbara Kiefer on the topic and I wonder if anyone has
>tried her ideas in the classroom.
>Thanks in advance for anything you can share....

Yes, I use them a lot. My students' favorites: "Monster Momma", "Where
the Wild Things Are", "Lon Po Po", "The Black Snowman", "Why Mosquitos
Buzz in People's Ears", "My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, And Me".

The book is part of a unit that has a theme and reinforces the elements and
principles of design. The students critique the visuals within the book
and discuss how they support the written story. Books are a great way to
incoporate aesthetics and criticism. They are also very assessable to
children and reinforces communication skills.

I am not familiar with Kiefer's book, but am interested in finding out more
about it.


Brenda Bain
Art Teacher
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU