Storybook Art contains over 100 hands-on companion art ideas for kids to enhance the enjoyment of their favorite children's books. Enjoy and explore such unique art projects as: make paper pulp paintings like award-winning illustrator Denise Fleming in Barnyard Banter; paint with tea bags to imitate Make Way for Duckling brown-tone illustrations by Robert McCloskey; create fabric border art like Faith Ringgold in her book Tar Beach; construct a snowy watercolor collage like Ezra Jack Keats in Snowy Day; or build a festive balloon sculpture to go with Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. Many Caldecott winners are featured as well as favorite classics. Books were selected from a survey of favorites recommended by teachers, parents, and reading children. The fun and easy art projects in Storybook Art will not only encourage children to read and re-read their favorite books, but will enable them to look at illustrations in all books with more awareness and enjoyment. Reading and art - perfect companions! Ask any kid and they'll tell you!
"Projects listed in the book are fun and easy, and require basic supplies that most parents have around anyhow, such as information on great art recipes (such as finger paint, play dough, goop, and bubbles), the process of art, and cleaning up. It also offers older toddlers variations, as well as ideas for the youngest toddlers too."
Jean Potter has been a kindergarten teacher and the director of early childhood education for the West Virginia State Department of Education. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as deputy assistant and assistant secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, she was responsible for the overall management of the elementary and secondary education programs at several colleges and universities. Jean is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the field of education. She continues to write and consult in the early childhood education field.
Jean Potter lives in Charleston, West Virginia, Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Seabrook Island, South Carolina.