Welcome to our new and exciting school year. Our Library as always will have some wonderful Authors and Illustrators coming to share their many talents with our children.
February 10, 2015/ Tuesday
Kate Klise our first star this year will be flying in from the Missouri Ozarks to talk about her award winning children's books and how writing has influenced her and changed her life around. She has worked as a reporter for over 15 years at People Magazine covering everything from celebrities to music to crime to sports. Between writing for the magazine she continued to work on children's books and finally had one published in 1998 and illustrated by her sister, Sarah, titled: REGARDING THE FOUNTAIN. This is one of the more than 25 books over 35 years that she and her sister Sarah have collaborated on many of which feature a strong female character.
While she visits us she'll share how she got started writing books, the secret recipe for storytelling, her early failures as a writer, and how she discovered what makes a good story.
Check out Kate Klise Story Circle.
KATE KLISE ( LONG i--silent e )-- (RHYMES WITH MICE/LICE..)
TOP TEN TIPS FOR BECOMING A BESTSELLER WRITER....
1. START WRITING A BOOK (OR PLAY,OR MOVIE OR OPERA) NOW.
2. DO NOT QUIT. EVEN IF SOMEONE THROWS YOUR MASTERPIECE IN THE TRASH.
3. BECOME A DETECTIVE. LOOK FOR IDEAS EVERYWHERE.
4. BEGIN WITH A PROBLEM. (REMEMBER YOUR WORST HAIRCUT? THAT'S A STORY.)
5. SEND YOUR CHARACTER ON A JOURNEY. OR, BRING A STRANGER TO TOWN.
6. WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT FAST AND MESSY. CONCENTRATE ON THE STORY ONLY.
KEEP THROWING PROBLEMS AT YOUR MAIN CHARACTER.
7. SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC.
8. FROST THE CAKE. REWRITING IS LIKE DECORATING A CAKE. FOCUS ON THE WORDS.
SOUNDS, SIGHT, SMELL,TASTE, TOUCH.
9. GIVE YOUR WORK AWAY.
10. ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA.
ART IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING ELSE.
Her sister, Sarah a talented illustrator shares her ideas and tips.
Top 7 Drawing and Writing tips.
1. Start NOW!! Don't Quit!
2. Read GOOD books and fall in love!!
3. Be a detective and search for ideas.
4. DRAW/WRITE it. THEN redraw/rewrite it.
5. Sprinkle in patterns and layers and light and shadow.
6. Show your work to someone OR give it to someone.
7. ART is a MUSCLE THAT MUST BE EXERCISE
We're dying to hear about the 43 Old Cemetery Road Series, and THE SHOW MUST GO ON and THE GREATEST STAR on EARTH which is Book 1 and 2 in the THREE- RING Series, and my favorite the THE REGARDING Series : Sink, Bathroom, Trees, Bees, and Fountain.
oh !!! New book coming out April 7,2015
The Lockness Punster.
Kate lives and writes books on her 40-acre farm in a valley just north of Norwood, Missouri.
Visit Kate Klise and her sister, illustrator Sarah Klise's web site.
TeachingBooks.net Audio Name Pronunciation /Kate Klise
Homemade video featuring Kate and Sarah Klise.
March 25, 2015 / Wednesday
"The images in a picture book are the driving forces that tell the story. The words tell only what the pictures can't." Dan Yaccarino
In March, Mr. Dan Yaccarino will be coming to our school from New York City where he lives with his wife and two children. Dan has written and illustrated over three dozen children's books and has created and produced Nickelodeon's animated series, Oswald, as well as Willa's Wild Life and is the character designer behind Nickelodeon's The Backyardians.
Growing up in Montclair, New Jersey, Yaccarino was influenced by comic books, vintage animation, toys and old films. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1987. He started work as an editorial illustrator and has over the years created hundreds of illustrations for magazines, newspapers, and book covers.
Children everywhere know Yaccarino from his children's books such as his UNLOVABLE, ALL THE WAY TO AMERICA, THE FANTASTIC UNDERSEA LIFE OF JACQUES COUSTEAU, and FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS.
Through childhood drawings and photos, illustration and animation, Dan's presentation will connect the dots from his childhood to a 25 year career in children's publishing, television and character design, showing children that if they work hard enough, they can achieve anything!!
Digital technology is part of everyone's lives, especially kids. Dan presents the benefits and different ways kids can UNPLUG from digital technology through his most popular picture book, DOUG UNPLUGGED. A very timely and great message of unplugging!!!!
Aliens, Robots, and Pizza: The Story Behind Zogoochi Intergalactic Pizza: Delivery of Doom! BRAND NEW!!!!!
Through words and pictures, Dan explains how his dream was fulfilled when he wrote and illustrated his first humorous science fiction novel. He'll explain his character and story development along with the inspiration behind the book and what his writer's journey was from notes and scribbles to finished product.
Enjoy the summer with a good book.
Can't wait to see who is coming next year to Newtown Elementary School!!!!!