Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!
I've always loved color. As a kid, I loved finding colors that naturally go together. A favorite has always been red purple orange. I've always loved coloring - going from coloring books to drawing bubble letters and coloring designs to making stamped creations. Colors can mean so many things. For me it's the positive memories. It's a relaxing activity. But what do they mean to you? What does it make you think about?
What's Your Favorite Color?
written and illustrated by Eric Carle and Friends
published by Henry Holt and Company
Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Others prefer sunshine yellow, Maine morning gray, or Mexican pink.
In this book, fifteen beloved children's book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them. This personal collection will undoubtedly inspire readers to create favorite color drawings and stories of their own!
Contributors include: Eric Carle, Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael Lopez, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Morales, Frann Preston-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip C. Stead, Melissa Sweet
My quick thoughts
I think this book is a great one to explore with young readers. It's a book that begs discussion and to be read multiple times! Talk about color:
- is there a color they identify with?
- Why do they like it?
- What are there memories?
- What does color mean to them?
- Can color surprise you?
Since this book is a collaboration of many artists, take the time and look at their work:
- how do they view color?
- did the color invoke a memory? a feeling? shades of color?
- how did they depict it in their illustration?
- did any of the artist's works surprise you? (Lauren Castillo's surprised me - this spread was so different than what I've seen her do... her talent always amazes me!)
- notice the style of writing, how did that go along with the illustration or color depiction?
If you live anywhere near the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, be sure to check out this exhibit. It can be seen until August 27th. My dear friend, Lesley Burnap, visited the exhibit and shared some pictures with me. I would love to spend time there. Maybe your summer travels will take you out East!