Book Reviews – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Most Important Book of 2017 http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-important-book-of-2017/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-important-book-of-2017/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:30:59 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5277

When you read as many books as I do, to say that one book stands out as “most important” of the year is saying a lot. The term “most important” reflects impact of a global nature, going beyond what affects me personally to the issues that affect us all as human beings. It’s more than just […] ]]>
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Most Life-Changing Book of 2017 http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-life-changing-book-of-2017/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-life-changing-book-of-2017/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:55:24 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5259

There are lots of great books out there, but if you’re honest, how often do you read a book that you can truly say changed your life?? When that happens, it’s magical…. and it happened to me last April with The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I discovered this book while listening to the […] ]]>
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Most Inspiring Book of 2017 http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-inspiring-book-of-2017/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/most-inspiring-book-of-2017/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:50:21 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5239

My favorite books this year have not been books about teaching art to kids, or even books about ART at all. But they are relevant to teachers and parents…. and everyone, really. The three books I’ll be sharing with you are inspiring, life-changing, and important. The most inspiring book I read this year was A Little […] ]]>
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Book Review: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter by Christopher Hart http://www.teachkidsart.net/book-review-drawing-cartoons-letter-by-letter-by-christopher-hart/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:09:35 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5146

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter is the latest in a series of learn-to-draw books by Christopher Hart. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is! The concept of using a letter or number as the framework for beginning a drawing is not new. In fact, I already had […] ]]>
Make a Leaf Collage http://www.teachkidsart.net/make-a-leaf-collage/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/make-a-leaf-collage/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:08:08 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4308

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learning, creating, and spending more time outdoors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspiring little book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would […] ]]>
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Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments http://www.teachkidsart.net/christmas-in-july-origami-crane-ornaments/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/christmas-in-july-origami-crane-ornaments/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:02:24 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2081

Students love to bring home these exquisite origami cranes to hang on their Christmas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a beginner level project, every year I have at least one student with a passion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are challenging, they’re […] ]]>
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“Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom” by Jim Fay and David Funk http://www.teachkidsart.net/teaching-with-love-and-logic-taking-control-of-the-classroom-by-jim-fay-and-david-funk/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/teaching-with-love-and-logic-taking-control-of-the-classroom-by-jim-fay-and-david-funk/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:22:10 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1890

If you’ve ever felt stressed by classroom management, you need this book… Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay and David Funk. It may sound corny to say that this book could change your life, but it very well might! When I first started out as a new teacher, I felt […] ]]>
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How Full Is Your Bucket? http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-full-is-your-bucket/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-full-is-your-bucket/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:11 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1810

The books that inspired this lesson have nothing to do with art, and the illustrations were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their message. And what better way to drive home a great message than with a fun art lesson??! Inspired by a bullying episode at my school, I saw […] ]]>
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6th Grade Portfolio Project – Follow Your Star! http://www.teachkidsart.net/6th-grade-portfolio-project-follow-your/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/6th-grade-portfolio-project-follow-your/#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:55:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/09/6th-grade-portfolio-project-follow-your-star.html

I’m especially excited about my 6th grade portfolio project! This project is inspired by an amazing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who created the classic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish“. This potentially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so special, it even has it’s own website! (Check out this site for fun activities for […] ]]>
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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words-2/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words-2/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 02:30:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/09/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words.html

 I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just discovered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a specific art theme, it inspired me to create a portfolio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to collect things. I learned this from personal experience, with a daughter who […] ]]>
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