My oldest is a budding artist and while I have failed to support this interest with extra curricular activities to improve her skills, I have finally seen the light and enrolled her in a week of real art camp. Not the arts and crafts variety. She draws daily such that I tend to push activities that are opposite to art to round her out: math, reading, music, languages, and sports.
My mom friends are more on top of things.
One mom friend suggested an excellent art book from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as a birthday present. Hey, I did buy her the book (and it’s excellent). And I took her to the Eric Carle Museum. But now I am trying to be more supportive. We bought a family pass to the Museum of Fine Arts to increase our trips from annual to quarterly. I put her in camps that have more interesting and in depth art offerings. And I keep these books around the house. Most of them at least.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
Art Books for Kids Honorable Mention
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
I got this book for my 16 year old, Grasshopper and Sensei, who is arty and just completed the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program this past summer. She and I are both drooling over this book. Beautifully illustrated on every page, this book brings the artists and major paintings that they created alive! Each story covers the artist’s life but in a way that draws the reader in because it’s a story and not a straight up (boring) biography. You can flip from chapter to chapter to read about particular artists or periods of art as you choose, or read it from start to finish in historical order. The beauty of this book is that it works for a wide range of ages. It also works beautifully as a read aloud for art history, either at home or in an art class. My daughter and I have read a lot of art history books for kids and this one is by far the best one we’ve ever run across. This is worth the investment! [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]
Best Books for Boys
I met Jen Robinson at KidLitCon 2010 which was a great thrill for me because I am a HUGE fan of her excellent blog, Jen Robinson’s Book Page. My work friend, Nat, sent me this link off the PBS Kids site so I am excited to share her words of wisdom on Boys and Summer Reading. Read more…
Best Assigned Reading High School and Middle School Books
Yep, I was forced to read these books as a kid too. Must be a rite of passage. A few I read on my own, but many of these were assigned. Check out this list from Time Magazine online by Gilbert Cruz to see if you had to read them too! And more importantly, will you make your kids read them too?!! Really do check out the article; it has descriptions for all the books. Read more…
Children’s Author Andy Sherrod’s Book Picks for Boys Who Hate to Read
I wanted to spend this week covering books and reading strategies for reluctant boy readers and I had all these great posts that I found during the past year stored up, so here they are! This was a great post by The Hate Mongering Tart about writer Andy Sherrod. Andy not only gives tips about how engage boys as readers but also gives book suggestions coupled with research. Read more…
Classic Children’s Books No Longer Popular
I did a post a few days ago on Top 10: Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books based on the books that I loved as a child and now my kids do too. This is the ugly stepsister version. Read more…
Attack on Young Adult Books Justified?
First, the perfect YA (Young Adult) book:
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell [chapter book, for ages 11-18]
Summer Coming of Age Books for Girls
This is what I was thinking when I came up with this kooky list:
- Summer read, preferably on the beach or on vacation.
- Has to be a good read but not too strenuous or stressful or heavy (no Grapes of Wrath vibe!).
- The book is about the summer and/or beach and/or beachy vacation vibe; like, hey, we are all on vacation. You in the book and me in real life.
- A great lead GIRL character.
- Counts towards summer homework book assignment but was thoroughly enjoyable.
- For incoming grades 4-6.
Can you think of any more coming of age chapter book for girls set during the summer? I’d love to add your pick! Thanks!