While books can be a wonderful way for readers to escape reality for a few hundred pages, books can also help foster learning and provide readers with safe ways to cope with issues they might be facing.
Reading is important in the school Can Ran founded for children. She believes a book acts as a boat, sailing to the inner world of a child, and that reading can help children become sensitive to this world and use their own language to describe their feelings.
Picture books have evolved over time to serve different agendas, from educational, such as teaching the alphabet, to more “edgy” topics in recent years, such as tackling what it’s like to be a child of divorce. With every change, however, one thing remains consistent: the design of a children’s book must keep a child interested and entice them to turn the page.
I know you’ve seen it; the #MeToo tag is everywhere. It’s in news headlines, articles, journals, and new books; searchable from NPR to Goodreads. 2017 was a powerful year. Originally started by social activist Tarana Burke in 2006, the #MeToo movement has brought the systemic oppression of women and workplace sexual assault and harassment to the forefront of conversation.
According to Reading Picture Books to Children by Megan Dowd Lambert, this is an opportunity for both parties to engage in “extended, cognitively challenging conversation during the reading of a book.” It’s a free-flowing narrative experience that makes space for children to develop ideas about the structure and reasoning behind the narrative and art of books.
Like many (if not all) of my peers at Ooligan Press, I want to be a published author. The program provides us with a comprehensive understanding of the publishing industry, but most of us who want to write professionally need to supplement our Ooligan education with critique groups, professional development training, and conferences. My interest […]