Earlier this year, author Liz Garton Scanlon spoke at a writing conference. She challenged the writers there to read 100 storybooks in the next 6 months. But not just read them, really learn from them. What makes this story shine? How do the text and pictures work together? What elements from this book might become a part of the stories you write?
Though I don’t think I’m going to be writing a storybook anytime soon, I love this idea. I think talking through these sorts of things might be the first step in literary analysis. Really puzzling out how a story works is a great skill at any age.
At our house, kindergarten is a Storybook Year. We have been reading through the ABCs of Authors and Illustrators and the ABCs of Saints. Even though we read a lot of chapter books together, storybooks have not been in short supply. But we’ve gotten such great ideas from some of the other authors who are keeping pinboards of their reading!
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