Emma’s Rug: Allen Say

 

Emma’s Rug

Author/Illustrator: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1996
Brief Summary: A young girl finds inspiration for her art in a rug someone has given her when she was a baby, but when her mom accidentally washes it, Emma has to find creatively another way.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Parents’ Choice Award, 1996 Gold Picture Books United States
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1996 ; Bank Street College of Education
Capitol Choices, 1996 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Literature Choice List, 1997 ; Children’s Literature
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, September 1996 ; Cahners
Sharing Cultures: Asian American Children’s Authors, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why was Emma so upset when she found out her mom has washed her rug?   Why was the rug so special to her?
  • Artists, writers, musicians, etc., often talk about people or things that inspire them to create the things they create.  What inspires you?
  • Read excerpts from books such as Allen Say’s Drawing From Memory or Eric Carle’s The Art of Eric Carle to see what inspired these illustrators.  Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art by Eric Carle might also be a great resource.  Find interviews with different artists online.

Accessed at: Personal Library

Museum Trip: Barbara Lehman

Museum Trip

Author/Illustrator: Barbara Lehman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: In this wordless book, a boy explores the museum on his own and interacts with the exhibits.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007 ; Bank Street College of Education
Booklist Book Review Stars , Apr. 15, 2006 ; American Library Association
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Choices, 2007 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Kirkus Book Review Stars, April 15, 2006
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, June 26, 2006 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Take a fieldtrip to the museum (virtual or real).  Pair with other books about famous museums, such as You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum.
  • Print out mazes for the kids to do.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Extra Yarn: Mac Barnett

 

Extra Yarn

Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Year: 2011
Brief Summary: When Annabelle finds a box filled with yarn of every color, she starts knitting for herself, her dog, and everyone and everything in town.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children”s Literature, 2012′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2013′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ”
Amazon Editors’ Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2012
Booklist Book Review Stars , Dec. 15, 2011 ; American Library Association
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Top of the List, 2012 ; American Library Association
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2012 ; American Library Association
Booklist Top 10 Craft and Gardening Books for Youth, 2012 ; American Library Association
Choices, 2013 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
First and Best, 2012 ; Toronto Public Library
Horn Book Fanfare, 2012 ; Horn Book
Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2012
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, October 31, 2011 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Best Books, 2012
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, December 2011 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why did Annabelle’s friends tease her when she showed them her work?  Talk about bullying and how this might have made her feel.
  • Art: find easy yarn projects for students to make/what other beautiful things can we make with yarn?  e.g. yarn “paintings” (draw design with white glue, then paste the yarn on it), etc.
  • Annabelle uses her creations to help others feel good and beautify her neighborhood.  What are some ways we can do the same?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Emma: Wendy Kesselman

 

Emma

Author/Illustrator: Wendy Kesselman
Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Year: 1980
Brief Summary: A lonely grandmother takes up painting and finds companionship in the art she creates.

Awards, Honors and Prizes: N/A

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why did Emma start painting?
  • Do you ever feel lonely?  When Emma feels lonely, she paints.  What do you do to feel better?
  • Art: Read informational books about famous artists.  Discuss different types of art and which students prefer.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library