This month's theme of Artists provided the perfect topic for our latest library perusal, motivating us to check out books that were not only about art and artists, but also books whose illustrations spanned multiple art mediums! Here are some of the Pips' favorite July books thus far:
This absolutely AWESOME book uses actual works of art from the San Antonio Museum of Art as its illustrations, and asks the reader simple questions related to the piece in both Spanish and English. One of the ways the Pips have been exploring black and white is through the use of light-colored chalk on black construction paper.
We chose Jack and Holman Wang's clever board books like Jane Eyre and Moby Dick for their textile-rich illustrations and infant-friendly spin on literary classics. The characters are entirely felt-crafted, which lends itself well to our exploration of different art mediums. Some of the ways we have been discovering art textures in class are through the use of soft puppets and simply engaging our sense of touch (like laying on a picnic blanket!).
Another WONDERFUL board book for very young children, Global Babies combines actual photographs of babies from around the world with simple text communicating the message that children everywhere love and are loved the same. You really can't go wrong with this book! We selected it as part of our Photography week, in addition to some of our photography-themed materials like homemade cardboard cameras and body part photo blocks of our friends.
We were fortunate enough to find this book in a bilingual Spanish-English version for our class library...and it's a hit! This gem tells the tale of three little mice who hide themselves in jars of paint, only to discover that they can create other colors by mixing the ones they've dyed themselves with. They make quite a mess in the process! One painting activity that has proven to be popular with our Pips is using paintbrushes and water to paint on our natural blackboards - slabs of slate!
The best thing about these books is that they are all available at the Ann Arbor District Library, downtown branch. Check out their entire catalogue here, and do some summer family reading of your own! Happy Browsing!!!