Back To School Book Sale!
August 26, 2011, 9:17 am
Filed under: coloring pages, SALE

coloring page here

book sale here


hometown reading
August 15, 2011, 10:39 am
Filed under: reading

Thanks to those who came out for the storytime/book signing at the Pataskala Public Library last week! I had a great time reading, visiting, and making finger puppets!

Reunited with my childhood librarian, Cathy Lantz.  : )

August 12, 2011, 12:21 pm
Filed under: kids, making!


Last month I spent a week teaching stop motion animation to three wonderfully creative girls.  We had so, so, so much fun writing our story, creating a set, making clay characters, recording voice overs, and watching our ideas unfold into an animated short.  At the end of our week together we had an evening screening of our video, Captured  (along with a couple side-projects) for parents and friends.  The girls stamped tickets at the door, served popcorn, candy, and drinks, and directed viewers to their seats. The screening was followed by a Q&A, where the young animators described their process and told stories about the week we spent together.  Once again, I was impressed and inspired by the imagination, humor, cleverness, and artistry of kids!

…and now we proudly present Captured!

What is your favorite stop motion animation?

bookmaking for kids
August 3, 2011, 12:07 pm
Filed under: bookmaking, kids, making!

Some of the coolest books I’ve seen were made by kids.

After teaching bookmaking to a 9-year-old friend last week, I’ve been thinking about how easy and fun it is to make books at home. Here are a few ideas for kids who want to publish:

* There are LOTS of different ways to bind books. Some of them require materials that most people don’t have at home. One simple binding that I like to use is called a pamphlet stitch. The materials you’ll need for this paperback book are a few sheets of white paper (or whatever else you’d like to use for the pages), 1 sheet of card stock or construction paper for the cover, scissors, and thick thread (waxed dental floss works well). This video explains how to make a pamphlet book. You can follow these directions exactly, but you can also get away with cutting some corners. I usually use 6 folded sheets of paper in a pamphlet book, and I just stab the needle straight through (without poking the holes first). You can also use scissors to trim your pages if you’d like. I like to trim them unevenly, in a fun, wavy shape. Experiment and see what works for you.

Have fun designing a cover for your book!

Want to check out some other kid-friendly bindings? Here’s a good place to start.

You might consider using recycled paper or even paper bags for your pages!
*Blank books make great journals or sketchbooks, and are wonderful gifts for friends and family members. If you choose to write/illustrate a story, consider these questions:
How can I tell my story through words?
How can I tell my story through pictures?
Do I want to use just words, just pictures, or both? (I love stories that are told through pictures alone!)

Maybe every page will have one big picture and a few words. Maybe some pages will have one big picture and a few words, and other pages will have lots of little pictures. Maybe some pictures will be from the point of view of a character. Maybe the words will tell us what a character is thinking, and the pictures will tell us what that character is doing. Maybe some pictures are abstract, and give us a feeling that cannot be described with words. Maybe the words don’t tell a story at all. Maybe there is one word in the whole book. Maybe some pages are blank. Maybe you will draw pictures on each page to create your own coloring book. Maybe there will be pop-ups!

…There are lots of ways to make books.

*Making accessories to go along with your book is super-fun. If you know how to sew (or have someone who can help you) you can make plush character dolls or a pillow!

Other things that make a great addition to a homemade book include:
-finger puppets
-magnets (I love making shrinky dinks and gluing magnets on the back!)
-coloring sheets
-necklaces or key chains, made by drawing a shrinky dink and making a hole with a hole punch before baking
-paper dolls
-stickers (when I was a kid I made stickers by drawing on blank, white labels from the store)
-a sequel!

Please feel free to send in photos of your creations, and to share any additional ideas you have!
All the best,
Nathalie VB


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