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Today on one of my favorite blogs, Chicken Spaghetti, Susan Thomsen wrote a post about another blogger’s post she had seen. The post was about using children’s book illustrations as art to decorate a wall. She asked what book illustrations I would frame.

I know exactly what book I would use…Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent. The blue and golden yellow colors would be a nice accent in my family room. Why did I choose that book? Well, when I was a little girl, I would visit my very favorite great aunt who always told me a story about a little Indian boy with a very, very long name who fell into a river. All of the nieces and nephews loved to hear her say the long name, and we all learned to say it, too.

I still remember the name of the main character:
Sticky sticky stembo no so rembo hari bari bruskit ep perri penyon, icky pom pom nish no ne nay no bree cum

It wasn’t until my first job as an elementary librarian when I received a copy of Mosel’s Tikki Tikki Tembo that I realized that it was a Chinese version of my favorite story. My students always asked me to tell this story every year. They learned to say the name, too.

Teaching Resources for Tikki Tikki Tembo
Activity Card
Reader’s Theater

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The March, 2011 issue of Book Links has an article and list of books about books… Classroom Connections: Discovering the Magic of Books—through Books by Angela Leeper from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

These are a few book-related resources for some of the titles in the article.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Audiobook Excerpt)
It’s a Book
by Lane Smith (Classroom Ideas)
Up the Learning Tree by Marcia Vaughan (Teacher’s Guide)
If you can think of any other titles to add to the list in the article, share them on this post.

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I found this online today and thought it was fascinating and beautiful. Illustrator Jillian Tamaki was commissioned to design some embroidered book covers by Penguin Classics. The classic covers include The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, and Emma. Take a look. They are nothing short of remarkable.

There are a few authors/illustrators that use this art medium of embroidery prominently in their books. These are just a few of their books.

Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha (Teaching Guide)
How Loud Is a Lion? by Clare Beaton
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Belinda Downes
The Whispering Cloth by Peggy Deitz Shea

As I was writing this post, I looked through my library of books to see if I had any books by these artists and found one….Every Little Angel’s Handbook by Belinda Downes.

Jill said the books she worked on will be released by Penguin in the fall.
At least one of these books will be added to my collection for sure.

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Over the weekend I discovered a new website to add to our Reading Resources/E-Books page.

Story Time for Me features free online books for children that include highlighted narration and simple animation. The stories feature characters like Fern the Fox, Ben the Mouse, and their friends. Book themes focus on current social topics like bullying, friendship, helping others, and protecting the environment.

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The movie trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey has been released. I’ve been very disappointed in the recent movie adaptations of children’s and teen books. I hope this will be the exception. Watch for the movie on June 17.

Here’s a short guide for the book. As the movie release comes near, I’ll list some additional book-related resources from the 25+ links in our database.

Other Teaching Resources
Penguin Cam from SeaWorld-San Diego
Make a Penguin Shape Book

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Today the logo on the Google homepage features the 137th birthday of Harry Houdini.

Here’s some books with a few book-related teaching resources from our database.
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman (Novel Resource)
Check out today’s entry at Anita Silva’s Children’s Book- A-Day Almanac for more information on this book.
The Great Houdini by Monica Kulling
Harry Houdini: A Magical Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
Harry Houdini: Young Magician by Kathryn Kilby Borland
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick (Reading Strategy Trifold)
Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes (Discussion Guide
A Picture Book of Harry Houdini by David A. Adler
Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini by Tom Lalicki

Use Google’s KidRex search engine to find kid-safe biography links.
Biography (Appleton, WI, Public Library)
Biography (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Biography (Magic Library)

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When I was much younger, I was an avid comic book reader.  At that time, there were no book stores like Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million, no big box stores like Walmart or Target, and no local public library. So in the summer time, I would visit the local 5 & 10 store to look at the newest comic books. I would save my allowance so I could buy the latest adventures of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones or superheroes like Superman and Wonder Women. I wish I had those comic books now because they would be worth a fortune, but they are long gone.

Of course, reading comic books would have been frowned upon by teachers at that time…but there were not many choices for me at that time. Today there are still comic books, but now there is a lot of attention paid to comics in book form or graphic novels. Many receive prestigious recognition in the areas of children’s and young adult literature including the Young Adult Library Service Association’s yearly list of Great Graphic Novels Lists for Teens.

If well written and designed graphic novels had been around when I was a librarian, I would have definitely used them to encourage reading.

If you want to use graphic novels in the classroom, these are some good resources.
50 Great Ways to Use Graphic Novels in the Classroom (Excellent Resource – Online Classes.org) (Second web location)
Graphic Novels (Cooperative Children’s Book Center)
Graphic Novels, Gene Yang and American Born Chinese (Prezi)
No Flying No Tights (Reviews of graphic novels for all ages)
Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2011
2011 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (NCTE)
Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom (Scholastic)

Here’s a few of my favorite graphic novels written for elementary students.
Babymouse series  by Jennifer L. Holm (Educator’s Guide)
Stinky by Eleanor Davis (Lesson Plan)
Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
Owly by Andy Runton

There are many other book-related teaching resources for graphic novels in the Linda’s Links to Literature database.

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