Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle - June 25

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle - June 25

Last Friday night, I sat down with our stack of Eric Carle picture books. My wife came into the room after getting our youngest daughter to fall asleep and do you know what she did?

She laughed out loud!

I said, "Are you making fun of the way I like to spend my Friday nights?" She insisted that she wasn't laughing at me, but was just surprised to see me surrounded by books while sitting in a pink bean bag chair. Either way, it's all good. I am perfectly comfortable saying, reading a pile of picture books is great way to spend an evening.

Reading a stack of books by Eric Carle

I wanted to celebrate Eric Carle's birthday with my children again this year and I thought the only way to come up with an idea was to start with the first book in the stack and read as many as I could until I had an activity idea. As I read I separated the books into piles as I read; books with a potential birthday celebration activity idea (Mister SeahorsePapa, Please Get the Moon For Me, and My Apron), books I wanted to read to my kids this week (Draw Me a StarPancakes, Pancakes, and  "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth), and then a pile of all the rest of the books.

Mister Seahorse and Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me caught my attention because Father's Day was just two days away. Both of these books feature fathers;  Mister Seahorse carries eggs in his pouch and meets many other father-fish who also have important responsibilities in raising their young and Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me is a story about a father who goes to great lengths to fulfill his daughter's wish. In fact, Eric Carle wrote Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me for his own daughter, Cirsten. (Jacketflap Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me). 

In Mister Seahorse there are four "peek-a-boo" pages; clear pages with illustrations that hide part of the illustration on the next page. I thought it would be fun to incorporate "peek-a-boo" pages into Father's Day cards, not for me, but for my dad who we would be seeing on Father's Day.
This "peek-a-boo" page has an illustration of a patch of reeds which hides a group of trumpet fish on the next page.
We read Mister Seahorse and talked how about how the "peek-a-boo" pages allowed Eric Carle to hide things on the next page.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
We folded a piece of white card stock paper in half.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Then, we folded a piece of clear transparency film in half.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
We used permanent Sharpie Markers to draw on the clear transparency film. My daughter started by drawing pink leaves.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Then, she drew a seahorse on the white paper.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest son drew trees and a house that hid a dinosaur.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My son drew Lebron James playing basketball against the Chicago Bulls on his card. Then, he wrote "Happy Father's Day" in his best handwriting on the inside.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest daughter drew a baseball bat, ball, and glove on the "peek-a-boo" page which laid on top of a baseball field. She worked really hard on this cool card!
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My dad loves the Cleveland Browns. I drew two Pittsburgh Steelers defenders on the "peek-a-boo" page.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
On the white paper it is revealed that the Cleveland Browns receiver caught the football for a Touchdown! 

Note: We taped the back of the white paper to the clear transparency film to hold the two pieces together.
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
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Our first birthday celebration for Eric Carle, five years ago, featured Pancakes, Pancakes (and a smaller stack of books). This year, my youngest daughter woke up asking for pancakes just like Jack in the book. We read the book and made pancakes together for breakfast.

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
This year's Pancakes, Pancakes breakfast had four children!
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Five years ago, we only had two kiddos eating pancakes!!
Father's Day Cards inspired by Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.comPancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Memories!!
Do you have a stack of books by Eric Carle? What favorite books would you place on the top of your pile? I hope everyone enjoys this fun day of reading with their little ones! Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!

Pre-order a lap-sized board book edition of PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME. (Available August 4, 2015):



Links:
4. Previous Birthday Celebrations from Happy Birthday Author - 20102011, 2014
5. Author Study - Scholastic
6. House for Hermit Crab - Lesson Plan (Scholastic)
7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear Teacher's Guide - Brown Bear and Friends
8. Eric Carle Video Interview - Reading Rockets
9. The Education of a Good Picture Writer - Eric Carle - YouTube (a 1 hour long speech)
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 45 - CBS NEWS video
11. Eric Carle describes his illustration technique with tissue paper - via MacMillanKids on YouTube
12. Eric Carle reads THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR - YouTube
13. Eric Carle activities on Pinterest - Great board with tons of ideas!
14. 45th Anniversary of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR website - Penguin
15. Eric Carle Biography - Eric-Carle.com
16. The World of Eric Carle on Facebook

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Birthday, Chris Van Allsburg - June 18

Happy Birthday, Chris Van Allsburg - June 18

It has been five years since we officially celebrated Chris Van Allsburg's birthday. I am a little embarrassed by the blog post I wrote back in 2010. I have often thought, I should delete my poorly written old blog posts. Thankfully, each time I have thought this I have decided to keep them, all of them. Those old blog posts remind me of how far I have come as a writer, a father, and an author-birthday-celebrator.

Back in 2010, the blog post for Chris Van Allsburg's birthday was the best I could do. This blog post is the best I can do in 2015. With each blog post, I learn a little bit more about writing, a little bit more about myself as a person, a little more about children's literature. But, most importantly, I continue to see evidence of the value of reading to my children. And therefore, if my dreams come true, there will be another Chris Van Allsburg birthday celebration in my future.

Chris Van Allsburg is the author-illustrator of over fifteen picture books including The Polar Express, Two Bad Ants, and The Wretched Stone. Surprisingly, he didn't take art classes in high school, but decided to study art at the University of Michigan where he later graduated with a degree in sculpture. He continued his studies at Rhode Island School of Design and was exhibiting his work at art galleries within two years after his graduation. Then, he made some casual drawings that caught the attention of his wife, an elementary teacher, who showed them to her friend, David Macaulay. They both thought that Chris' drawings could be children's book illustrations. Van Allsburg was introduced to Macaulay's editor who encouraged him to write a story in addition to his illustrations. All of this led to his first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi which was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1980. (HMHbooks). He followed up this successful book with another, Jumanji, the Caldecott Medal Winner in 1982.

For Van Allsburg, it has been one great book after another throughout his entire career. Many of his books have been made into successful movies including The Polar Express (1986 Caldecott Medal Winner), Zathura, and Jumanji. More recently, Van Allsburg's artwork was used for the Grand Rapids Ballet production of The Nutcracker in 2014. Check out Chris' latest picture book, The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie which was released in November 2014.

I found two quotes by Chris Van Allsburg from an interview with Cooperative Classroom that I feel sum up why my family loves his books so much. The first quote, "I am attracted to the idea of seeding the imagination by leaving something untold." My family had great conversations trying to figure out exactly what happened in books like Probuditi, The Widow's Broom, and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. There really is nothing like seeing your seven-year-old truly perplexed by a picture book.

And the second quote, "My approach to fantasy has always been that there's only going to be one fantastic notion, or one supernatural feature in the story [and] everything else has to follow the rules that we're familiar with." This makes Van Allsburg's stories so believable! This week, I saw this first hand when my youngest children truly believed we were going to the market to buy magical figs to make their dreams come true!

The Sweetest Fig is a story about Monsieur Bibot, a grouchy dentist living in Paris, France. Monsieur Bibot is not very kind to his dog and often "teaches him lessons"!  One day, a woman with a painful toothache shows up at his office without an appointment. Monsieur Bibot decides to examine her; not to help her but to make some extra money. He decides to pull her tooth, but after the procedure the woman shares with him that she has no money to pay him. Instead, she offers two figs that she claims are magical and could make his dreams come true. Monsieur Bibot unhappily takes the figs home, but decides to eat one as a bedtime snack. The next day, Monseiur Bibot's dreams come true; he walks his dog, Marcel, in his underwear and The Eiffel Tour turns to rubber. (A pretty weird dream!) Monseiur Bibot is astonished to find out that the fig was magical. He promptly learns hypnotism and teaches himself to have dreams about being the richest man in the world. Once he accomplishes many nights in succession of having dreams of a life of luxury he prepares to eat the last fig. However, Marcel has other ideas....

It is hard for me to pick a favorite book by Chris Van Allsburg, but The Sweetest Fig is near the top. When I reread this book this week, I thought it would be fun to eat figs with my children. I, too, wanted a reason to eat a fig since I had never eaten one myself. Luckily, I learned that figs are available in two seasons during the year; one in early summer starting in June and another in late summer that starts in August that lasts until fall. (Source).

Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I found Black Mission Figs at our local market. I wonder if these are magical figs that make your dreams come true?
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My three youngest children each picked out two figs that they hoped would make their dreams come true. They also picked out two for their older sister.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I think this was his "Magical Fig" dance. 

When we checked out I asked the cashier if these were magical figs like the ones in our book. The cashier caught on and said, "Yes, we only sell magical figs here!" My children's eyes widen and smiles immediately appeared on their faces!
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
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Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
"These figs are very special," said the woman.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I asked my children, "What dream of yours do you hope comes true when you eat the figs?"
My son had a very Bibot-like response, "My dream is that everything will be made of money." 
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
"My dream is that I will be the richest man in the world."
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
"My dream is that I will be a princess."
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I said, "My dream is that some day I will have a best-selling children's picture book." However, it is clear, after writing this post, that a more important dream would be for these reading experiences with my children to continue for many years to come.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Now, for our dreams to come true we had to eat the figs. I prepared to cut them just like Monsieur Bibot.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest daughter was not liking the idea of trying the figs.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I even tried peeling off the skin. She would only lick it. I bought vanilla ice cream, which I read was delicious with figs, but she wouldn't try the fig with ice cream either.
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I decided to be brave and I popped the piece of fig right in my mouth. I love my daughter's face!!
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest son licked it too. My kids are licking the figs because we have often enforced the rule "Lick it, Bite it, Taste it, or Eat it" with new foods. (My children learned this idea in their preschool.)
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My youngest son, ATE IT! I was so proud of him for being brave. His dreams are going to come true!
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Was my youngest daughter going to eat it? I don't think so. But, she didn't need to eat it. She is already a princess!
Activity Idea for THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Yum! These were the sweetest figs we have ever had.  The vanilla ice cream was delicious with the figs too! I must say, The Sweetest Fig, is now one of our TOP 5 favorite books by Chris Van Allsburg!
In closing, I decided I shouldn't be so hard on myself about the blog post back in 2010. In that post, I shared a worksheet I called "Where's Fritz?" This worksheet helps you keep track of your efforts to find Fritz, the dog, who is in each of Van Allsburg's picture books. This year, my five-year-old son loved the worksheet and it motivated us to read more books just to find Fritz! Watch Van Allsburg talk more about Fritz below and click here to download an updated version of the "Where's Fritz?" worksheet!




Check out Chris Van Allsburg's latest book:



Links:

2. Video Interview - Reading Rockets, BookLust, + more from Chris' website
4. Discussion Guides for Chris Van Allsburg Books - Houghton Mifflin (look for PDF or HTML Version) - Just about every book has a guide!
5. A Conversation with Chris Van Allsburg - Martha Stewart
6. The Wreck of Zephyr - YouTube - Part 1Part 2
7. Chris Van Allsburg Video - Rhode Island School of Design
8. Zathura Trailer - YouTube
9. Jumanji Trailer - YouTube
10. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Website
11. Chris Van Allsburg Ted Talk 2011 - YouTube
12. Chris Van Allsburg Talks about Chronicles of Harrison Burdick with Fanny Kiefer - YouTube

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Laura Vaccaro Seeger - June 11

Happy Birthday, Laura Vaccaro Seeger - June 11

Many of the activity ideas I use to celebrate birthdays with my family come during presentations given by the author or illustrator. I frantically take notes in my journal about their path to becoming published, the process used to create their picture books, and any other interesting tidbits that might be shared, all with the hopes that something will spark an idea. If it happens, I circle it to make sure I see it when it comes time to celebrate the birthday. The photo below shows the notes I took in my journal the day I heard Laura Vaccaro Seeger speak at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio.


I circled the words I wrote while listening to Laura Vaccaro Seeger talk about Bully, "Painted all the pictures with a stick from the backyard."  Underneath the circle were the words "made paper for backgrounds, too!" (The exclamation point was my excitement for the idea, not necessarily Seeger's excitement for her handmade paper backgrounds.)

Fast forward almost 11 months from the day I heard Seeger speak; I was researching for this birthday celebration when I found the quote from Laura Vaccaro Seeger in an interview with Teaching Books, "I've been making picture books since I was five. I have always had tons of ideas for books, and it is fun to look back on my journals and see 'Picture Book Idea' on top of an entry. I used to even draw a big, black box around it so that if I ever needed to find the idea, I could."

I had the idea, and I couldn't wait to see how the activity would unfold with my children. You will have to read on to find out all about it. But, first a little about Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the author and illustrator of over fifteen picture books including The Hidden Alphabet, What if?, and the Dog and Bear series. The Horn Book declared, in 2008, that Laura is the "New Queen of the Concept Book" and said, "[she is] never one to shy away from a difficult setup." Her books often include lift-the-flaps and unique die-cuts. "I feel that each of my books is conceptual. Even the Dog and Bear books, which are about friendship, feel conceptual to me." (Publishers Weekly).

Her love of making picture books as a child led to her attending The School of Art and Design at SUNY (New York), after a brief time studying to be an elementary teacher. After college, she spent ten years as an animator for NBC and created animated openings for numerous television shows including The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. Then, her son was born which prompted her to become a freelance animator to allow her to fulfill her duties as a mom and still work, but it became too much. The eighty-hour work week got her thinking about other ways to be creative. She decided to stop working as an animator to try to finish some of her picture book ideas.


She was introduced to people at DK publishing, met with them, and presented 14 "one-of-a-kind books." (Publishers Weekly). She was offered her first publishing contract for I Had a Rooster (2001) which included a CD with songs by Pete Seeger (her husband's uncle). Laura went on to be awarded two Caldecott Honor awards with First the Egg (2008) and Green (2013).  She also won two Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor awards for First the Egg (2008) and One Boy (2009). Her upcoming book is I Used To Be Afraid which is scheduled to be released in September 2015.

The book that would be the inspiration for our birthday celebration for Laura Vaccaro Seeger was Bully. At the beginning this post, I mentioned that Laura talked about the book at the Mazza Museum Summer Conference. She told the audience that Bully was actually inspired by her brother Billy. Her siblings were planning a birthday party for her mom and Billy was being big bully. He wanted everything about the party to be his way. So, Laura changed his name from Billy to Bully!

Bully is a picture book of only 22 words (I think I counted right?!?). Amazingly, Laura Vaccaro Seeger effectively addresses the topic of bullying with so few words. Her illustration however, get readers saying a whole lot more. Bully is a bull who just experienced another bull being mean to him. He proceeds to take it out on smaller animals who just want to play with him. Each time Bully is mean to an animal he grows bigger and bigger until a goat brings him back down to size. Bully realizes he was wrong and the other animals give a second chance.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger said in a YouTube video that she struggled with the illustrations until she tried something completely out-of-box or should I say out-of-the-backyard, "I wanted a spontaneous art style. Something with a little edge to it. I was having trouble achieving this with my paints and brushes and pens. I discovered that a twig when dipped in india ink gave me that sort of rough edginess that I was looking for."

The illustrations she created with the twig and ink would be placed on top of handmade papers. She explained, "It quickly became clear to me that it was important that the emphasis remain on the characters, their feelings, and the power of their words. So I needed a subtle, unobtrusive background that was at once inconspicuous and organic. I combined three different hand-made papers to create twenty different backgrounds. In this way, the background of every spread is unique, so there is a subtle sense of movement." (DeepRootsMag).

I wanted my children to make both the handmade paper backgrounds and the twig and ink illustrations. Knowing that it was take time for the handmade paper to dry we started with that part of the project.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I wanted incorporate organic materials from our backyard for the papers. My children went right for the flowers!
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest daughter focused on purple flowers for her paper.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My oldest son was the first to make his paper. He used brown packaging paper that we had sitting in the basement. He tore it into small pieces and placed them in the blender.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Next, we filled the blender with water and let it for a minute or two.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
This is a picture of my oldest daughter's paper pulp in the blender. She used about 9 sheets of light-blue paper. It was well-blended and then she added her flowers. She pulsed the flowers into the mixture until her flowers were chopped the way she wanted.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My son thought his paper pulp looked gross!  Notice the two frames we had over a large bowl. The larger frame had wire mesh stapled to it. The smaller frame did not have wire mesh.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
He poured the paper pulp into the center frame.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Then he used a spatula to spread out the pulp evenly within the frame.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
We found it easier to use our hands.
Once we pushed out all the water we could I carefully flipped the paper onto a thick piece of fabric.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
He pushed more water out of the paper with a towel.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My youngest son chose not to blend his flowers, but to press them into his pulp before we squeezed any of the water out.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My youngest daughter was excited to blend her pink paper pulp.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
The paper dried in the sun on the deck all afternoon and then I brought the paper inside to dry overnight.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
In the morning, the paper was was dry, but had curled a little. We spritzed the paper with water and ironed it flat.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Handmade papers for backgrounds just like BULLY.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
Next, they found the perfect twigs in the backyard.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
We divided our black india drawing ink into medicine cups (which I almost recycled the day before, but my kids stopped me; "We might need those for a project, Dad!").
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
First, they practiced drawing with the ink and twigs on white watercolor paper.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
He created some "edgy" drawings just like Laura Vaccaro Seeger!
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
One was of a dinosaur. He recently figured out he was good at drawing dinosaurs.  I told my children that they did not have to draw with the twigs and ink on their handmade paper, but three out of the four insisted.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My daughter used red drawing ink to draw a mushroom.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
My youngest was pleased with her artwork.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I was worried that one of my children would make a mistake drawing on their handmade paper. I scanned all the papers into the computer before they began -- just in case! Since, I had the digital images of the paper, I decided to create digital artwork with my son's dinosaur drawing.
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
I scanned his dinosaur, added green, and placed it on the scanned image of his paper. It tuned out really cool!
Activity Idea for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger via www.happybirthdayauthor.com
From an idea in a journal to reality! It was so much fun to spend time with my children creating these works of art!
Laura, it was a pleasure meeting you at the Mazza Museum. Thank you for sharing your birthday with us. We hope you have an awesome birthday! We really loved reading your books this week!!

Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Mazza Museum

I am looking forward to Laura Vaccaro Seeger's next book, I USED TO BE AFRAID. It is scheduled to be released September 29, 2015. Pre-order it today:




Links:
1. Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Website
2. Follow Laura Vaccaro Seeger on Twitter
3. Video Interview - Reading Rockets, NBC LEARN
4. Text Interviews - Seven Impossible Things, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, TeachingBooks, SLJ - Odd Couple, Writing Teazurs, Soup's On
5. Why Picture Books Are Important by Laura Vaccaro Seeger - Picture Book Month
6. Laura talks about how she made GREEN - studioLVS
7. Dog and Bear Teacher's Guide - Junior Library Guild
8. GREEN trailer - YouTube
9. BULLY trailer - YouTube
10. THE HIDDEN ALPHABET trailer - YouTube
11. Laura Vaccaro Seeger presentation, Bank Street - YouTube

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