Welcome to Day #3 of Bloggers Read Across the Globe (BRAG) — Promoting Children’s Reading and Literacy
Children’s Literacy Headline: How do you know if your child can read a book by him/herself? Here’s a great reading tip from Anastasia Suen — The Five Finger Test. 1. Open the book in the middle. 2. Ask your child to start reading at the top of the page. 3. Put up one finger for each word you don’t know or can’t read without help. 4. Read to the end of the page. 5. If you have five fingers up at the end of the page, the book is too hard to read.
Today I have the pleasure of being guest hosted by Jodi Friedman at MCP Actions Blog. Jodi’s MCP Actions website is dedicated to helping professional and hobbyist photographers improve their photography. MCP Actions provides interactive online training classes and free Photoshop video tutorials.
My guest post article describes how I created the illustration for a page in my children’s book, Sunbelievable. It’s a step-by-step look at the digital collage technique I used to build the image and details on Photoshop layers.
What does this have to do with reading and literacy, you may wonder. Fair question. The images are as much a part of the story as the text. Children learn through visual contexts before they can read. Illustrations draw them into a story through color and interesting elements that make them want to explore the images more. Better yet, over and over again!
I love watching young children literally grab the book from my hands to touch the colors and find details on each page. It’s a great opportunity to share the story through images alone!
This is why I’m thrilled by great feedback from the San Francisco and Sacramento Book Review about the illustrations. The review encouraged me at a critical time, since Sunbelievable is my first picture book. I have no formal training as an artist, so imagine my surprise when the review arrived!
Please head on over to MCP Actions to see how the illustrations came alive! That’s https://mcpactions.com/mcp-actions-photography-blog/. Thanks, Jodi!
The quirky illustrations of Sunbelievable not only burst with color, but also offer a “second-read” appeal. Young readers will discover new details in the illustrations each time they page through this book. The illustrations—like the book’s story—are an interesting combination of realism and fantasy. Although the girls, the beach, and their home are portrayed realistically, the illustrators added intriguing detail, such as sprinkles of fairy dust and mice wearing top hats. And the pages that feature the Sun’s life are unforgettable. You can’t take your eyes off of them!