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Literacy Through Art

Did you know that scribbling is a very important part of literacy development in toddlers? When young children are given crayons, paints, play-dough and the freedom to explore their creativity, they are learning about artistic expression and working on their fine motor skills. More importantly, however, they are learning how to tell a story, and taking the first steps to learning to read. Those scribbles will eventually turn into letters, words, and will contribute to the early reading skills required for a child to develop a healthy appetite for learning.


Ashley W. Says: From handbags to wall art, you’ll enjoy getting inspired to turn your trash into treasure!
Amazon Says: Recycle, Reuse, Recraft!Craftcycle is the creative crafter's way to recycling and reusing everyday items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Discover ways to recycle page more...
Amazon Says: Recycle, Reuse, Recraft!Craftcycle is the creative crafter's way to recycling and reusing everyday items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Discover ways to recycle pages of your favorite magazines into a decorative bowl or trash bucket, to reuse scrap wood to build a beautiful birdhouse, or recraft broken china and glass into a mosaic flower pot, and more!Transform throw-away materials into treasures with over 40 step-by-step craft projectsConstruct larger eco-friendly projects for a greener homeThink green all year round with tips and ideas for every seasonRelax, unwind and unplug with numerous activities powered only by youTempt your taste buds with delicious recipes using seasonal ingredientsCraftcycle explores ways to get the most out of every season while impacting the environment the least. With all these great ideas there is no better time to Craftcycle your way into a greener life! less...
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My Art Book by DK Publishing
Ashley W. Says: Need some inspiring new project ideas? With instructions for everything from painting to sculpture, this well-illustrated book shows you how to do it all.
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Ashley W. Says: This book finds ways to be creative using the beauty of nature! Using berries, branches and leaves, this is great for the growing naturalist!
Amazon Says: In this unique craft book, outdoor enthusiast and former teacher Ellen B. Senisi encourages children to create art with colored objects found in nature. In alternating spreads more...
Amazon Says: In this unique craft book, outdoor enthusiast and former teacher Ellen B. Senisi encourages children to create art with colored objects found in nature. In alternating spreads, she shows the beauty of each color, its special significance to the plant and animal world, and related crafts. Kids can put away their store-bought supplies-here are more than a dozen projects, all made with plants, fruits, and other natural objects that they can find in yards, parks, gardens, or the grocery store. Children will discover that green leaves make printed patterns, spinach can be simmered into ink, certain flowers and berries work like paint, and more. Nature inspires so much of art. In this book it provides the materials, too. For young artists, this is a new, intimate way to think about color and its essential role in nature and art. less...
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Ashley W. Says: For your up and coming little graphic artists, this book will give tips on how to create a great comic book.
Amazon Says: Ready to build a graphic novel? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started more...
Amazon Says: Ready to build a graphic novel? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you’ll be filling panels, boxes, and bubbles like a pro! less...
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Ashley W. Says: Have fun practicing numbers with your preschooler with this brilliant craft book full of educational projects.

Ashley W. Says: Save money and the planet by getting creative with reused materials! Create bookmarks, pencil holders, designer note cards and so much more.
Amazon Says: What do you do with old toys, clothes, and other stuff? Instead of throwing them away, get creative and see what crafts you can make! This book shows you how to make crafts o more...
Amazon Says: What do you do with old toys, clothes, and other stuff? Instead of throwing them away, get creative and see what crafts you can make! This book shows you how to make crafts out of old playing cards, marker caps, toy cars, neckties, hairbrushes, and more. Color photos of the finished crafts and step-by-step illustrations make these crafts a snap. Along with 21 crafts, you'll find information about recycling and tips for what you can do to help the planet. So find new uses for your old stuff and get crafting! less...
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Having Fun With Paint by Sarah Medina
Ashley W. Says: Simple and fun crafts for your preschooler!
Amazon Says: Let's Do Art: Having Fun with Paintuses a variety of techniques to carry out a range of simple projects. In doing so readers investigate different kinds of art, craft and desi more...
Amazon Says: Let's Do Art: Having Fun with Paintuses a variety of techniques to carry out a range of simple projects. In doing so readers investigate different kinds of art, craft and design enabling them to explore and develop their ideas eg an event in their lives, or a natural object. Projects are easy enough for children to achieve alone, with minimal adult assistance. less...
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Ashley W. Says: This book reads like a picture book and is very informative for children ages 3 and up.
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they share some of their favorite step-by-step art projects. Stinky clay, bumpy paint, collage, and face masks are just a few of the fun thin more...
Amazon Says: Join Loo-Loo and her dog, Boo, as they share some of their favorite step-by-step art projects. Stinky clay, bumpy paint, collage, and face masks are just a few of the fun things to try making. Fancy materials are not required, just lots of imagination. less...
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Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake
Ashley W. Says: Learn about artists and their work with this engaging and interactive book that will encourage young artists to think about and explore art.
Amazon Says: Provides guidance for studying paintings and illustrations from the National Gallery in London to find the story within each. more...
Amazon Says: Provides guidance for studying paintings and illustrations from the National Gallery in London to find the story within each. less...
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Art & Max by David Wiesner
Ashley W. Says: Art is an accomplished artist. Max is a mere novice. But Art learns a little about adventure and risk-taking when his friend gets creative with painting!
Amazon Says: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two fri more...
Amazon Says: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart. less...
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Ashley W. Says: The story of how two friends find each other and make a new color with a simple hug. This is a great book for teaching color mixing basics, and the value of friendship.
Amazon Says: Leo Lionni’s first picture book has at last found its perfect format in this sturdy board book for the very youngest child. Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, more...
Amazon Says: Leo Lionni’s first picture book has at last found its perfect format in this sturdy board book for the very youngest child. Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can’t find each other. When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green! How they find their true colors again concludes a wonderfully satisfying story told with colorful pieces of torn paper and very few words. This classic tale of friendship also offers a playful introduction to color concepts. less...
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Ashley W. Says: A beautiful wordless book that will take you on a New York City adventure, and introduce you to many famous paintings and sculptures along the way.
Amazon Says: New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art provide the setting for a crazy collision of art and city life in this inventively illustrated picture book. It all star more...
Amazon Says: New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art provide the setting for a crazy collision of art and city life in this inventively illustrated picture book. It all starts with a little girl?s trip to view the museum?s treasures and the parallel journey of her runaway yellow balloon. Floating down Fifth Avenue, past Central Park, bumping into a very silly tea party at the Plaza Hotel, and even adding to a tumultuous performance at the Metropolitan Opera, the balloon becomes part of a hilarious panorama of scenes that seem to mirror the paintings and sculpture raptly viewed by the wide-eyed little girl. The result is an illuminating exploration of how life can be captured with both the blink of an eye, and the stroke of a brush. Real-life sisters Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser pooled their skills, ideas, and memories to create this very special collaboration. Ms. Glasser is the illustrator of Judith Viorst?s Alexander, Who?s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move. Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman lives in New York City. Robin Preiss Glasser lives in Newport Beach, California. less...
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Ashley W. Says: Ever wanted to jump into one of your favorite paintings? Katie finds herself lost in the Impressionist world of Claude Monet, and onto a stage of Degas’ dancers. This is a great book for pre-school and early elementary art students!
Amazon Says: On a visit to the museum, Katie climbs into five Impressionist paintings and has wonderful adventures. Includes information about Impressionism, the paintings shown, and their more...
Amazon Says: On a visit to the museum, Katie climbs into five Impressionist paintings and has wonderful adventures. Includes information about Impressionism, the paintings shown, and their artists. less...
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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Ashley W. Says: You can only go as far as your mind will take you! Harold uses his magic crayon to take him to many places, and ends up right back where he feels right at home; safe in his own bed.
Amazon Says: Essential Picture Book Classics—timeless stories for every child to treasure. "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonli more...
Amazon Says: Essential Picture Book Classics—timeless stories for every child to treasure. "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages for over fifty years. less...
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My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
Ashley W. Says: It’s simply a book about loving color and the creativity that crayons tend to inspire.
Amazon Says: Colors, feelings, images, and words jostle and bounce off one another in this lively picture book, creating as much fun as any box of crayons has ever had. more...
Amazon Says: Colors, feelings, images, and words jostle and bounce off one another in this lively picture book, creating as much fun as any box of crayons has ever had. less...
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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Ashley W. Says: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Great horned owl! Sprinkled with few words and loaded with imagination, this book will make the little ones shout out with excitement.
Amazon Says: The white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page. Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just spilt milk? In this childhood classic, kids are kept guessing unti more...
Amazon Says: The white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page. Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just spilt milk? In this childhood classic, kids are kept guessing until the surprise ending and they're encouraged to improvise similar games of their own. This beloved classic picture book teaches that, with a little imagination, something ordinary could become something extraordinary.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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