Spring means we’re heading into the homestretch of another school year! Sometimes we all need a shot of inspiration to make it from Spring Break to that long-awaited Last Day of School. Finding a new lesson plan on a favorite blog or Pinterest page is always inspiring, but don’t forget that you can create wonderful art lessons of your own, as well. Children’s books, with their colorful artwork and time-honored messages, can give you just the inspiration you need to design a lesson that appeals to your own students’ interests and needs, and complements your curriculum.
Let these lists from the Children’s Books Guide be your inspiration! Here you can search their Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time, 100 Most Inspiring Children’s Books, Caldecott Medal Award Winners, Great Children’s Books on Nature and the Environment, and more. You can also search by Author, Title, Social Issues and Behavior, and by some Subjects. Although I found their search feature to be somewhat limited, the lists alone are worth scrolling through. I was delighted to find most of my favorites here, along with a short synopsis and cover photo for each one.
My next post will show you how I take a beloved children’s book and turn it into a successful art lesson.… and YOU can, too!!