Yesterday I attended the California Literature Council’s Spring Workshop: “I Can Read It By Myself… But Do I Want To? Inspiring Emergent Readers” presented by Megan Lambert of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
This interactive strategy suggests that the adult reader act as facilitator rather than merely story teller, using the picture book form as a means of encouraging children to talk about art and design in addition to – and as a means of augmenting – the text.
As a picture book writer, I know that learning how to make “space” for illustration is essential. I’m convinced that developing visual thinking and literacy skills is an important tool towards that end.
As a teacher, I often find myself talking with kids about the marriage of picture book art and text. But I’ve never quite thought to include students in that discussion to the degree that Lambert suggests.
I’m excited to try the Whole Book Approach when I return to my classroom after the Spring break.