Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Caroline Arnold Books at TeachingBooks.Net

I recently met (via email) Nick Glass, the founder and Executive Director of Teaching Books.net, through a mutual friend who noticed that both of us are graduates of Grinnell College in Iowa (not in the same year so we did not overlap). I hadn’t looked at the TeachingBooks site for a while and when I checked out my page I was pleased to discover that it lists seventeen of my books with a total of 75 resources, including five book guides and lesson plans. I learned that more than 33,000 schools use TeachingBooks to access materials about what they are reading. What a great resource for teachers and librarians! It is a subscription service, but you can get a taste of what it offers with a trial two week membership.
I look forward to stopping by the TeachingBooks booth at the American Library Association conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! ALA Chicago: Signing in the Charlesbridge Booth, Sunday, June 25 at 10:00

SAVE THE DATE!
If you are going to be at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2017, I will be signing my new book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 in Room 6 at the Charlesbridge booth #3522 on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by! I'd love to see you!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 at the Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell, Iowa

On my recent trip to Grinnell, Iowa, for a college reunion, I stopped in at the college bookstore, the Pioneer Bookshop, now located in historic downtown Grinnell, to show them my new book, Hatching Chicks in Room 6. I was delighted to discover that they had already ordered it and put it on the shelf. I then went down the street to the town library, in a beautiful large building, new since my last visit to Grinnell, and found out that they had also already ordered it for their collection. (The old library building is now used as an art gallery.) I had a nice chat with the children's librarian who told me that she loves using my books in her story hour. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that a book about eggs and hatching chicks is popular in a community surrounded by farms and which owes its history to a tradition of farming. It seems like the perfect place for my book.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GREAT SCIENCE BOOKS FOR KIDS

 

I was pleased to be included in a wonderful list of great science books for kids put together at the blogsite GeekWrapped. On the list of 100 titles is my book Too Hot? Too Cold? Keeping Body Temperature Just Right (Charlesbridge, 2013).  In it readers will discover the remarkable--and similar--ways in which humans and animals adapt to heat and cold. The book is illustrated with lovely watercolor paintings by Annie Patterson.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ABFE/CBC Silent Auction of Children’s Book Art at BookExpo in New York

Illustration of A Day and Night on the Prairie, 6:00 a.m.
The ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) are partnering to bring back the popular Silent Art Auction and the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Announcement in a joint program to take place on May 31, 2017, from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Javits Center South Concourse in New York City, as part of BookExpo. The event will benefit American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader.

I am pleased to donate a giclee print of one of my cut paper art illustrations from A Day and Night on the Prairie (PictureWindow Books, 2015.)

This year’s Silent Art Auction program will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of Random House’s Little Golden Books imprint, which began in 1942. The auction will feature a special selection of works celebrating the Little Golden Books legacy as part of a year-long marketing and publicity campaign kicking off in February 2017.

If you are going to be at BookExpo, please stop by the exhibit and take a look at the art!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

David Wiesner Picture Book Illustrations at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Illustration from Mr. Wuffles by David Weisner at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
David Wiesner, the recipient of three Caldecott Medals for his books, Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002) and Flotsam (2007), is one of the premier children’s book illustrators of our time.
Looking into the second room of the exhibit
A week ago I went with two friends to see the exhibit, David Wiesner, the Art of Picture Book Storytelling at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. It was a wonderful opportunity to see his original paintings up close and to learn about the various influences on his work, ranging from silent movies from the 1930's, surrealist painters, his childhood memories, comic books, his pet cat, and more. 
Illustration from Flotsam
David Wiesner's mastery of detail and imaginative use of images make you want to examine his art again and again–each time finding something new to look at.
Art from The Three Pigs
A collection of his books are also part of the exhibit, allowing visitors to read the stories along with viewing the art. Here are just a few of the paintings in this stunning exhibit. The exhibit, which opened January 29, 2017 will close May 14, 2017.
Reproduction of David Weisner's Book Week poster

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

TEACHING IDEAS for Hatching Chicks in Room 6 at the SLJ Classroom Bookshelf

A wonderful article with teaching ideas for my book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 was published yesterday on The Classroom Bookshelf blog of School Library Journal. It is written by Erika Thulin Dawes, a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. Here is the link: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2017/05/hatching-chicks-in-room-6/ There is a treasure trove of ideas for classroom teachers here. I love that the author, Erika Thulin Dawes,understands how, in a photo essay, the pictures and text work together to tell the story. And I love that she shows how the book can be a springboard for further reading and exploration. In addition to the long list of teaching areas the article also lists book and website resources, has a book review and a section on critical literacy. I am thrilled!

Erika Thulin Dawes is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor, she now teaches courses in children’s literature, early literacy, and literacy methods.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sharing Butterflies with the WPC Preschool

Recently, I raised painted lady butterflies to learn how they grow from egg to caterpillar to adult. After the butterflies emerged from their chrysalises I released them outdoors so they could continue their lives in nature. I took some of them to the WPC preschool to share with the children in Room 1. After looking at them in the classroom we took the butterflies to a grassy lawn next door that was bordered by a flowering garden. The children watched as their teacher let the butterflies out of their netted habitat. One by one, the butterflies fluttered their wings and flew away. A week later I received a charming thank you note decorated with a rainbow of colors--even more colorful than the butterflies. I love it! I thank my friends in Room 1 for their beautiful artwork and for helping me to release my butterflies.

Monday, April 24, 2017

MARCH for SCIENCE, Washington, D.C., There is No Plan-et B!

March for Science, Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C.
“TODAY’S KIDS: TOMORROW’S SCIENTISTS, Children’s Book Authors March for Science” and “SUPPORT SCIENCE EDUCATION, K-12 and Beyond”. Those were my signs for the march. Saturday, April 22, was celebrated as Earth Day, March for Science around the world in 600 locations, raising awareness of the importance of science, science education, and scientific research for the future of our world. In Washington, D.C., I joined a reported 75,000 marchers, along with my husband Art, a neuroscientist, and three friends, for a walk from the Washington Monument at one end of the Mall, down Constitution Avenue to the Capitol.
Art, wearing his UCLA Neuroscience t-shirt, and Caroline with her sign

A sea of signs
The crowd included young people, old people, students, researchers, educators, activists, a drummer, two dinosaurs, someone dressed as Galileo carrying a long cardboard telescope, some wearing lab coats, some sporting knitted brain hats,  parents pushing strollers, many wearing hats and t-shirts with logos, and all kinds of signs. Despite a steady rain, nobody’s spirits were dampened. It was a day to be counted and for voices to be heard. There is no plan-et B!
Here are a few of the many marchers and signs.
Dinosaur carrying sign: "The comet was a Chinese hoax."
We saw  knitted brain hats in pink and gray
Signs: Earth to Trump and Science Brings Us Together
Three great men march for science

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Visit to the Bethesda Library, Bethesda, Maryland

Last week I was in Washington, D.C., staying nearby in Bethesda, Maryland. As I often do when I travel, I stopped in at the Bethesda Library, which was just a few blocks from my hotel, and visited the Children’s Room. I was pleased to meet Cassandra Malik, the children’s librarian and share with her  my new book Hatching Chicks in Room 6. Afterward, as I browsed the nonfiction shelves, I was happy to discover a number of my books and when I looked at the catalogue I found that the Montgomery County Public  Library system has 35 of my titles. It is always heartening to know that my books are available in libraries across the country.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Egg-Citing Activites for Kids Part 3: Coloring Page, How Many Days to Hatch a Chick?

It takes 21 days for an incubated egg to hatch into a chick. Each day the chick inside the egg grows a little bit bigger. On Day 20 the chick makes a tiny hole in the shell. Then on Day 21 it slowly makes a crack all round the shell. Then, the shell pops open and the CHICK IS HATCHED!
Click HERE for a downloadable coloring page.
Learn about the eggs and chicks and see photos of the hatching process in my book HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 (Charlesbridge, 2017.)

Monday, April 17, 2017

An Egg is Beautiful

“I don’t know of anything in the world more wonderful to look at then a nest with eggs in it. An egg, because it contains life, is the most perfect thing there is. It is beautiful and mysterious.”
---E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and a life long admirer of chickens and eggs. To him, "the egg is all."
As we celebrate spring, let us appreciate the egg, the perfect symbol for the renewal of life.

Read more about the life and work of E.B. White in Melissa Sweet's excellent biography, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Egg-Citing Activities for Kids, Part 2: Ukrainian Eggs for Easter

You don't have to be Ukrainian to make Ukrainian eggs, called pysanky. Every year since I was growing up, I have made Ukrainian eggs at Easter, getting my first lessons at a Ukrainian gift shop in Northeast Minneapolis. Until a year ago I always used the traditional wooden stylus to make my eggs, heating the metal funnel tip in a candle flame, then inserting it into a lump of beeswax to capture the wax and melt it before drawing on the surface of the egg. Last year I was given an electric tool, which greatly simplifies the process of melting the wax. When my family was visiting, my daughter and grandchildren had a chance to try my new tool. Here are the eggs they made! (Click HERE to see my post from April 2014 to see some of my other eggs from previous years.)
Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Signing at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA

With Maureen Palacios at Once Upon a Time Family Bookstore in Montrose, CA
I just got back from my book signing of Hatching Books in Room 6 at Once Upon a Time family bookstore in Montrose, California. Thank you Maureen Palacios for organizing the event at your wonderful store! And thanks to my friends and fellow nonfiction book writers Sara Kras and Joseph Taylor for coming and giving me such great support. It was an intimate gathering but I think the kids and parents who were there enjoyed it.
With Joe Taylor and Sara Kras

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Author Visit at WPC Preschool, Los Angeles, CA

Last week I had a fun morning at the WPC Preschool in Los Angeles, California, with two sessions, first with the three-year-old group and then with the four-year-olds.  This is an annual visit and I always enjoy seeing how the kids grow from year to year. With the younger children I always share my folding book, Who Has More? and the children count the eggs and baby birds on each page, going from one to seven and back again. I also read the first two stories of Wiggle and Waggle while one of the teachers acts out the story with my worm sock puppets. With the four-year-old group we talked about birds and feathers, measured their wingspans, and I showed them my new book Hatching Chicks in Room 6. And, it has become a tradition that I end by reading my tall tale, The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers. As always, I had a good time and look forward to going back again next year.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Save the Date! STORYTIME and BOOK SIGNING, Sat, April 8, at Once Upon a Time bookstore, Montrose, CA

Celebrate spring with me at Once Upon a Time family bookstore in Montrose, CA, on Saturday April 8th at 11:00 am where I will be doing a book signing and presentation of HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 and some of my other books. There will be a simple craft for kids.
I hope you will be able to come! (Note: this is a correction to my earlier post. The bookstore is in Montrose, CA not Montclair, CA.)
 
Once Upon a Time 
2207 Honolulu Ave. Montrose Shopping Park, Montrose, CA 91020
Phone: (818) 248-9668 | Email: Maureen@onceupona.com
Sunday & Monday 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Egg-Citing Activities for Kids, Part 1: Eggshell planter

In celebration of spring and my new book Hatching Chicks in Room 6, I will be posting a series of egg and chicken related projects and activities for kids. I'm starting with a repost of my Eggshell Planter project from June 1914:

One of my first illustration assignments was for a book about gardening activities with children.  At that time, most books for children were illustrated with black and white art so I made pencil drawings.  Here is one of the activities meant for younger children.  It would work well with pre-school or kindergarten children.

EGG HEAD PLANTER
Break away 1/4 of the pointed end of an egg shell, and empty the contents.  Have the children draw a face on the shell using felt pens, then fill the shell with moist soil and plant chives or wheat seed.  Make a stand from a cardboard egg carton. Place the egg head in the stand.  Water lightly each day.

Materials needed: Cardboard egg carton, eggs, felt pens, soil, chives or wheat seed.

From Children’s Gardens: A Field Guide for Teachers, Parents and Volunteers by Elizabeth Bremner and John Pusey, Illustrations by Caroline Arnold

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MIXED UP ANIMALS and MORE: Four Fun Writing Activities

Yellow cards were provided for each writing activity at the Santa Barbara Author-Go-Round
At the Santa Barbara Author-Go-Round in January, students spent the morning with four authors-- Kristen Kittscher, Lee Wardlaw, Eugene Yeltsin, and me. Before the program began the students could do four short writing activities, each based on one of the author’s books. Then at the end of the morning, students who wrote the most creative piece in each category received a prize of an autographed book by the author. We were impressed with their creative imaginations. Here are the four activities they did.

Create a Mixed-Up Animal (Based on The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers by Caroline Arnold).















Describe a place you might go to Solve a Mystery (inspired by Kristen Kittscher’s book Tiara on the Terrace),















Invent a Wacky Disease (inspired by Lee Wardlaw’s “101 Ways to Bug...” series.)















Create a setting for a story in Another Country (inspired by Eugene Yeltsin’s book The Haunting of Falcon House.)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 is a Junior Library Guild Selection

I am pleased to learn that HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM 6 is a Junior Library Guild selection for March 1917.
"The JLG editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. We’ve developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews. And, according to statistics provided by Collection HQ, from 2013 to 2014 JLG Selections circulated 81% more than other books published for children and teens."

Find out more about the Junior Library Guild HERE.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS! Celebrate Read Across America Day

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Today would be his 113th birthday! And in honor of him, people are celebrating Read Across America Day all across the nation! Hurrah for books and reading!
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I have fond memories of reading The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins when I was growing up. It was originally published in 1938 and is illustrated with black and white drawings. Only the hats are red. I still have a copy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I SEE A STORY: The Art of Eric Carle at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Picture Book Art Exhibit at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Colorful caterpillars greeted me as I entered the High Museum of Art through the revolving doors and made my way downstairs to view I See a Story: the Art of Eric Carle, a fascinating exhibit of author/illustrator Eric Carle’s work. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children’s classic, was published in 1969. The exhibit shows various factors in the creation of a lifetime of work since then. It is a delight for both adults and children.
The Very Long Train (a wordless picture book)
The art is hung low enough to be at eye level for most children and in the corner of the room there was a bin of Eric Carle’s books available for reading. Children could also play a “seek and see scavenger hunt” following a guide they could take home. For adults, and artists like me, it was fascinating to get a glimpse into Eric Carle’s working method. 
Sampling of art supplies
One display showed a sampling of papers, brushes and tubes of paint and another display had a photograph of him applying the paint to the paper with a broom to create unique patterns. 
Dummy page from Friends
I was particularly intrigued by samples of his artist’s dummies–the label noted that each book goes through many dummy stages.
Illustration from Have You Seen My Cat?
To date, Eric Carle has published 70 books for children, all illustrated with his signature style of art–cut paper collage created from pieces of colorful painted tissue paper. They are amazing. The exhibit at the High Museum of Art ended February 12th. You can see more art by Eric Carle at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hatching Chicks and Living Fossils at Kite Tales Blog

See my books this week at Kite Tales, the blog published for the SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California. The publication of Hatching Chicks in Room 6 is in the Toot Your Horn! section and Living Fossils, Clues to the Past is in the Great News section.
Thanks SCBWI!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Visit to Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA

Entrance to the Children's Room, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Central Branch
Last week, when I was in Georgia on a business trip with my husband, I stopped in at the Atlanta Fulton Public Library Central Branch, just around the corner from our hotel in downtown Atlanta.  I went downstairs to visit the Children’s Department and had a nice chat with Kevin Brown, the new children’s librarian and Michelle Bennett, Manager of Youth Services. I shared my new book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 with them. I was pleased to discover that they have 119 of my books in the library system and to hear about special programs, such as a weekly story hour, that bring children to the library. In the future, they told me, they are planning to increase partnerships with local schools in an effort to expand use of the library.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH AUTHORS FESTIVAL, Visit to Hawes School

Welcome Sign on the Hawes School Marquee
Once again I was pleased to participate in the Huntington Beach Authors Festival, which was held on Tuesday, January 31st in Huntington Beach, California. This was its 29th year and I have been part of the festival almost every year since it began.  In the morning I did an author visit at Hawes Elementary School where I gave four presentations to children in grades two through four. Librarian Jennifer Mulvania did a great job of organizing the day and preparing the students. She had read my book Wiggle and Waggle to every class so I got out my worm puppets and we had fun singing the Wiggle and Waggle song together.

At the Huntington Beach Library for the Afternoon Reception
And, as always, I enjoyed the afternoon reception at the Huntington Beach Library where I had the chance to sell my books and to meet children, parents and teachers from all the schools in Huntington Beach and to chat with the other authors. Many of the children who came were the winners of the writing and illustrating contest. I thank everyone on the Friends of the Library (FOTL) Festival Committee, especially Gail Page, Co-Chair, for all the hard work in preparing for and assisting at the Festival. It is wonderful to see this community event grow and get better over the years! Thank you!

Friday, February 3, 2017

AUTHOR-GO-ROUND, Santa Barbara: A Fun Week with Students, Teachers, Librarians

Reading The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers at my Author-Go-Round Station
A week ago I was one of four authors participating in the annual week long Author-Go-Round in Santa Barbara put on by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO). This was the 47th year! It was more than thirty years since I last participated and it was just as much fun as I remembered.
Authors Lee Wardlaw, Eugene Yelchin, Kristen Kittscher and Me at the SBCEO Author-Go-Round
Each day about 125 students came to the Santa Barbara County Education Office on Cathedral Oaks Road and assembled in a large auditorium. After registering, the students did short writing activities and collected autographs from the authors in the booklets they had received. Each author had a special autograph page in the booklet as well as a page with “cool facts” and a list of recent books.
Writing Activity: One student's Mixed-Up Animal, inspired by my book The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers
There were four authors–Lee Wardlaw, Eugene Yelchin, Kristen Kittscher, and me-- and we each had our own corner to set up our "station". (I was the yellow station, decorated with yellow balloons and a yellow carousel horse.) The students then heard each of us make a short (15 min) presentation. After that they rotated around the room in smaller groups, spending 15 minutes at each station asking questions and interacting with the authors. Almost every group wanted to know what was my favorite animal and my favorite book. (I like them all!) At the end, students received prizes for the best writing activity. One activity was to create a mixed-up animal like the Hodag in my book The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers.
With our cut-out heads made by Fred Borchers
The students who attended were from all over Santa Barbara County. A limited number came from each school and in many cases they had competed to be selected. The kids were in grades 4-8.
Every year the planning committee at SBCEO works really hard to put the Author-Go-Round together and make sure that everything runs smoothly. I thank Matt Zuchowicz, Director of Educational Technology Services, Scott Spector, Coordinator of Innovation and Academic Events, and the Educational Technology Services staff, Fred Borchers, Doris Buchanan, Rose Koller, Homer Morro, and Kristen Walker for doing a fantastic job. For the students and teachers who come, it is a highlight of the year. For authors like me, it is an ideal opportunity to interact with the students, teachers and librarians who are reading my books at home and at school. THANK YOU!
With our souvenir T-Shirts!