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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