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little cloud

This was another story book-based art experience that Avery had when she was a toddler.  We read Eric Carle's Little Cloud together, which is a charming and of course beautifully illustrated and collaged story about Little Cloud and his shape-changing adventures.  Avery glued cotton balls onto paper to resemble clouds.  Other creative ideas for pairing art with Little Cloud can be found here.



Green is a unique children's book that is also a remarkable work of literary art.  In it, Laura Vaccaro Seeger presents various shades of green, each with its own charming story and within its own gorgeous painterly environment, and then weaves the greens together in an intriguing way, using die-cut pages.  Avery enjoyed seeing the die-cut shapes change and transform, from leaves in a forest to fish under water on the next page.  Inspired by the book, we collected different green materials for Avery to collage and explore (paper in different shades of green and varied textures, tissue paper, paper leaves, ribbon, washi tape and crayons).  Avery and her dad collaborated to build a race car (one of Avery's interests at the moment).  More information about Laura Vaccaro Seeger and her creative process can be found on her website.  We eagerly look forward to this Caldecott author and illustrator's next book!


harold and the purple crayon


One afternoon, we read Harold and the Purple Crayon together, which Avery liked a lot.  Inspired by Mary Ann Kohl's blog post on enhancing literacy through process art, I glued yarn onto paper to create loops and swirls that resembled Harold's drawings.  Avery was excited to see Harold's scribbles come to life on paper and she colored in some of the loops.


little blue and little yellow

A friend of ours gave Avery a copy of Leo Lionni's Little Blue and Little Yellow.  One day, I pulled out some Arches paper that I had stashed away from a bookbinding class I took in college and Avery got to do some watercolor based on Little Blue and Little Yellow.  We read the book and then Avery got to paint with the colors blue and yellow, mixing them and overlapping them on the paper.  We used Glob paints (our first time using them).  Glob's natural paints are made from fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers and spices, such as blueberry and lemon verbena.  The paints come in powder form and I like that you can make different consistencies based on how much water you add.  Avery loves painting and I can't wait for our next storybook-based art experience!


my little yellow taxi

This is one of Avery's favorite books, My Little Yellow Taxi by Stephen T. Johnson.  It's highly interactive and there are pieces to pull out, examine and explore.  It is the perfect little book that teaches children about the different aspects of a car.

Avery puts gas in the taxi.

Time to check the tire pressure!

Avery tucks away some snacks in the glove compartment.

Avery loves driving!

Avery checks herself out in the rearview mirror.

There is a removable taxi at the end of the book that Avery loves to drive around!