Book Recommendations for Digital Storytelling

The 22nd Annual Literacy for All Conference is just around the corner and what better way to introduce our speakers than sharing with you some of their favorite children’s books!  We asked our speakers for (1) their favorite children’s book, (2) what stands out about this book for them as an educator, and (3) how they use it in their teaching.

Keep checking in over the next couple months to see what they have to say!

The first recommendation comes from Featured Speaker Lisa Miller.  Lisa directs the Journalism Program at the University of New Hampshire.  She has worked with elementary school students and elementary and middle school teachers on digital storytelling, and is the author of multiple books including Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing through Digital Storytelling (Stenhouse, 2010).

Lisa recommends:

1) One of my favorite children’s books is “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen, for ages 4-8; another is “The Day the Babies Crawled Away” by Peggy Rathman, for kindergarten to grade two.

2) Both books are beautifully written and illustrated. The text and illustrations in both work very well together to tell the stories.

3) I use these books in a digital storytelling class I teach for K-12 teachers, when we discuss how text and images can work together to tell a story, with the images complementing the text and telling parts of the story the text does not.

Lisa will be presenting the following sessions at the conference:

Monday, November 7, 2011
LCB-4 – Featured Session
Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling (Grades 1–5)

LCD-3 – Featured Session (Repeat)
Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling (Grades 1–5)

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