Picture Books Plus: 100 Extension Activities in Art, Drama, Music, Math, and Science

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In this innovative guide, a children's librarian and a teacher team up to identify the best picture books for addressing specific areas of the curriculum. Filled with extension activities that provide countless teachable moments in the areas of math, science, music, drama, and art, this book also promotes a love of books in young readers.

A few of the many activities are:

  • Expressive drama activities such as improvisation, reader's theater, charades, and magic
  • Engaging art activities that focus on creativity, not just following instructions
  • Toe-tapping music activities such as learning rhythm, playing instruments, creating new songs, and moving to music
  • Fun math activities such as making no-bake cookies, racing floating turtles, and creating tangrams
  • Fascinating science activities such as observing nature, writing with invisible ink, and growing plants from seedlings

With illustrations and tips on effectively sharing picture books with kids, Picture Books Plus gives you the tools to channel natural curiosity and enthusiasm for literature into educational and cross-curriculum activities!

Chapter One: Why Use Picture Books with Children?
Chapter Two: Extending Picture Books through Art
Chapter Three: Extending Picture Books through Drama
Chapter Four: Extending Picture Books through Music
Chapter Five: Extending Picture Books through Math
Chapter Six: Extending Picture Books through Science

Sue McCleaf Nespeca

Sue McCleaf Nespeca heads Kid Lit Plus Consulting, providing speeches, training, and consulting to librarians, teachers, and early childhood educators in the areas of children's literature, early literacy, family literacy, and library services to youth. She provides ongoing youth services consulting for the Northwest Library District in Bowling Green, Ohio, and NOLA Regional Library System in Warren, Ohio. She is an adjunct instructor at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science and Syracus University's School of Information Studies. Nespeca, a speaker at more than 200 U.S. workshops and conferences, has written several journal articles and publications, including the book Library Programming for Families with Young Children (Neal-Shuman, 1994). Active in the Association for Library Service to children, she was the first recipient of the Bechtel Fellowship. Nespeca has a master's degree in education in early childhood (Kent State) and a master's decree in library science (University of Pittsburgh).

Joan B. Reeve

Joan B. Reeve is a kindergarten teacher in the Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Area School District and an adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College, Gettysburg Campus, teaching early childhood educators. She has promoted differentiated supervision throughout Pennsylvania and has presented workshops on peer coaching, differentiated instruction, and Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences. Reeve is a former coeditor of Gettysburg's Primary Education Research Committee's quarterly newsletter. She has a master's degree in elementary education (Millersville University) and is a reading specialist.

"This is a gem for professionals who use picture books in their work with young children...This book is recommended for practitioners whose tools of trade include picture books."

"...useful to librarians for their own programs and for collaboration with teachers, as well as to teachers and other adults who work with children in school, daycare public library, and after-school programs."
-Library Media Connection

"Teachers, librarians, and others who work with preschool children through early primary grades will discover a wealth of ideas in this book."
-Children and Libraries