Children's Literature in the Classroom

Engaging Lifelong Readers

Children's Literature in the Classroom

Many reading programs today overlook an essential component of literacy instruction—helping children develop an enduring love of reading. This authoritative and accessible guide provides a wealth of ideas for incorporating high-quality children's books of all kinds into K–6 classrooms. Numerous practical strategies are presented for engaging students with picturebooks, fiction, nonfiction, and nontraditional texts. Lively descriptions of recommended books and activities are interspersed with invaluable tips for fitting authentic reading experiences into the busy school day. Every chapter concludes with reflection questions and suggestions for further reading. The volume also features reproducible worksheets and forms.

Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer

A Guide to Careers in Design

Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer

Begin your graphic design career now, with the guidance ofindustry experts Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer is a singlesource guide to the myriad of options available to those pursuing agraphic design career. With an emphasis on portfolio requirementsand job opportunities, this guide helps both students andindividuals interested in entering the design field prepare forsuccessful careers. Coverage includes design inspiration, designgenres, and design education, with discussion of the specificcareer options available in print, interactive, and motion design.Interviews with leading designers like Michael Bierut, StefanSagmeister, and Mirko Ilic give readers an insider's perspective oncareer trajectory and a glimpse into everyday operations andinspirations at a variety of companies and firms. Design has become a multi-platform activity that involvesaesthetic, creative, and technical expertise. Becoming a Graphicand Digital Designer shows readers that the field once known as"graphic design" is now richer and more inviting than everbefore. Learn how to think like a designer and approach projectssystematically Discover the varied career options available within graphicdesign Gain insight from some of the leading designers in theirfields Compile a portfolio optimized to your speciality of choice Graphic designers' work appears in magazines, advertisements,video games, movies, exhibits, computer programs, packaging,corporate materials, and more. Aspiring designers are sure to findtheir place in the industry, regardless of specific interests.Becoming a Graphic and Digital Designer provides a roadmapand compass for the journey, which begins today.

The Missing Alphabet

A Parents' Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids

The Missing Alphabet

The future will belong to children with innovative minds. Which is why this team of education experts have drawn on their decades of applied research in creativity, individuality, play, and media to craft an engaging guide for parents who understand that creative thinking skills are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for success in the new, grown-up world of work. The book introduces the Sensory Alphabet, basic building blocks that are as powerful for building twenty-first-century literacies as the ABCs are for reading—and that are lacking in schools today. The Missing Alphabet also offers foundational knowledge, current research and a pragmatic path for parents to understand the individual strengths and creative potential that will help their own children learn productively in the future. To turn these ideas into action, there is a Field Guide full of resources and activities for parents and kids to explore together at home, in museums, and around the neighborhood. This tried-and-true approach engages children with the creative thinking process, the capacity to invent with many media, the ability to think across disciplines, and the reliance on (and joy in) the imagination. Over the past forty years, the authors have developed highly successful programs for both in and out-of-school settings based on these concepts. Now, they offer parents a comprehensive guide for building the confidence and creative thinking skills for their own children—and now urgently needed for our collective future.

Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers

Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers

Since children develop the critical language and early reading skills necessary to enter kindergarten between birth and age five, reading aloud is one of the most influential steps librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers can take to foster preschoolers’ literacy skills. Early exposure to books heavily influences vocabulary knowledge, which in turn improves later reading skills and helps foster lifelong literacy. Highlighting more than 300 birth-kindergarten titles, Bailey offers A hand-picked selection of quality books adeptly chosen to help develop crucial literacy skills such as expressive and receptive language, expanded vocabularies, narrative skills, print awareness, the ability to understand written language, awareness of story structure, alphabetic knowledge, and phonological sensitivity Thorough annotation of each title, including a full bibliographic record, a short summary, and journal reviews Chapters organized by type of book, from primary skills books, wordless picture books, and rhyming books to toy and movable books A list of additional resources helpful for building a core collection Valuable for regular use by caregivers as well as for collection development, this book spotlights hundreds of titles that are engaging and fun for reader and preschooler alike.

Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

Read, Rhyme, and Romp: Early Literacy Skills and Activities for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

Designed to promote literacy in young children and to empower parents, educators, and librarians, this guide is filled with simple strategies, creative activities, and detailed instructions that help make reading fun. • Recommended book lists for promoting reading • An overview of basic strategies and components of an early literacy program • Helpful outline of pre-literacy skills required for reading success • Detailed instructions for early literacy activities

Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types

Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types

A follow-up to Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types features creative dinosaur characters engineered out of letters depicted in a range of typefaces, in a volume complemented by factual dinosaur information.