Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Celebrate Picture Book Month

Did you guys know that November has officially been declared picture book month? With the digital age upon us and with many declaring the death of the picture book, some ingenious authors came up with the idea to give the picture book some well deserved love and rightfully so. As a result, every day in November, there will be a new post at their official website from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. Be sure to check out the site as they have tons of activities, curriculum guides and more!

As you know, picture books are close to my heart and I think they play a huge role in a child's development. But most of all, picture books are just plain fun! In fact, I'm always amazed at where picture book authors get their ideas from. Most writers write about what their passionate about or things they know and I don't know about you, but recalling memories from 1st grade just does not come easy for me. So where do children's authors get their ideas from exactly?

One author has a fabulous story and in honor of picture book month, I had to share it here. That story is of Laura Murray, author of THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL. According to her website, Murray is not only a children's author, but also a teacher and mom of three mischief makers! As a teacher, one of her favorite curriculum units was 'The Gingerbread Man' unit. As part of her lesson at the beginning of each school year, a freshly baked gingerbread man managed to escape from her class. It was up to the kids to hang missing posters, search the halls, discover crumbs and candies, and do whatever they could to hunt down this smart cookie. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Well as a result, Murray came up with the idea for her book, THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL. It's a twist on the classic tale, told by the Gingerbread Man himself and the book has quickly become a staple for teachers across the country.

That's just one story of how one author got a fabulous idea and turned it into a success. There are so many more and so many reasons to love picture books. To learn more about Laura Murray, please visit her official website and don't forget to give some love to picture books.Visit the Picture Book Month website and learn more about why picture books are important.

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