Read Aloud and Respond with Art!

Some of My Favorite Art Books for Reading Aloud

Some of My Favorite Art Books for Read­ing Aloud

March 5th, 2014 is World Read Aloud Day! Every year, on the first Wednes­day in March, Lit­world (a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing lit­er­acy around the globe) mobi­lizes chil­dren and adults every­where to advo­cate for lit­er­acy as a basic human right belong­ing to all peo­ple. Read­ing aloud is a nat­ural way to cel­e­brate the writ­ten word and to share it with others!

Why not com­bine lit­er­acy with art by read­ing an inspir­ing story and giv­ing your stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to respond through their artwork?

Art-IshSo many children’s books are ideal for a “read aloud and respond with art” activ­ity. A few of my favorites are “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, “Beau­ti­ful Oops” by Bar­ney Saltzberg, and “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. But my all-time favorite read aloud art story for kids is “Ish” by Peter Reynolds.

I seri­ously never tire of this story! You can read more about “think­ing Ish-ly” and find one of my lessons based on “Ish” here. This clas­sic story belongs in everyone’s book col­lec­tion. And if you want to go all out for World Read Aloud Day, author Peter Reynolds offers an inter­ac­tive ver­sion of “Ish” here, per­fect for shar­ing aloud in the class­room on your com­puter or inter­ac­tive white­board. It even includes a Vir­tual Author Visit from Peter Reynolds himself!

Join the global lit­er­acy move­ment with World Read Aloud Day and reg­is­ter your par­tic­i­pa­tion here!

4 Responses to Read Aloud and Respond with Art!

  1. Brittany April 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I am cur­rently try­ing to imple­ment more art into my class­room, and am not famil­iar with a lot of children’s books per­tain­ing to art. These look like great books to read and share with my stu­dents to help them find an inter­est in art, and also to help them con­nect with their cre­ative side. Thank you for these resources, and if you have any more I would love to hear about them.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge May 2, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Brit­tany, check out my “Books I LOVE” wid­get on the side­bar to the right to see more books I rec­om­mend for teach­ing art to kids. I’m always adding more as I dis­cover new ones, too!


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