Helping kids connect with their books

This was a really fun find. The author has lots of web resources to share along with stories, tips, and practical advice to make readers more connected to their books.

Want Dav Pilkey to show you how to draw dumb bunnies?
Using the Internet to acquaint children with authors and illustrators of children’s literature

by Jonda C. McNair, Ohio State University
The Dragon Lode, Vol. 19 • No. 1 • Fall, 2000
©2000 IRA Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group

It's very much how I like to approach books too -- I love the human interest aspect. I guess it comes with the territory of being a psychologist.

That's why we got turned on to Nikki Grimes books. I always read the author/illustrator info on the back flaps to the kids and we discovered Ms. Grimes lives in the same city as their grandparents!

It's why we obsess over finding the names of people and places in Marc Brown's books (as this author mentions).

It's why we buy all the Grace Lin books, because we've read about her family history, follow her blog, and met her when she came to our town library (at our suggestion to the librarian!)

It's why I can tell you about the mother and daughter of the author of my favorite childhood book, and to find that she grew up in the same area that I did!

It's just another reminder that it's all about people and our connections to each other and our world.


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