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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 recyc 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.
Amazon Says: Featuring redesigned jackets, interiors, and up-to-date vocabulary throughout, DK Readers now have a fresh new look! Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and more...
Amazon Says: Featuring redesigned jackets, interiors, and up-to-date vocabulary throughout, DK Readers now have a fresh new look! Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age appropriate stories in DK Readers, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children's interests while developing their reading skills and general knowledge. With DK Readers, children will learn to read-and read to learn! Ring! Ring! Ring! It's the fire alarm! A house is on fire! The fire fighters are on their way! less...
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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: Discusses the colors found in nature and provides instructions for more than a dozen projects to make dyes, ink, and works of art using plants and fruits commonly found in par more...
Amazon Says: Discusses the colors found in nature and provides instructions for more than a dozen projects to make dyes, ink, and works of art using plants and fruits commonly found in parks, gardens, or the grocery store. 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, youll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writers Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon more...
Amazon Says: Ready to build a graphic novel? First, youll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writers Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon youll 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.
Amazon Says: A group of twenty adorable crafts that use ordinary household materials emphasizes the learning of basic numbers, where ten projects use the numbers one through ten as the bas more...
Amazon Says: A group of twenty adorable crafts that use ordinary household materials emphasizes the learning of basic numbers, where ten projects use the numbers one through ten as the basis of the craft, and ten other projects that show how numbers are used in everyday life. Simultaneous. less...
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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: Suggests a variety of crafty ways to reuse everyday items. more...
Amazon Says: Suggests a variety of crafty ways to reuse everyday items. less...
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Having Fun With Paint by Sarah Medina
Ashley W. Says: Simple and fun crafts for your preschooler!
Amazon Says: Presents eight project ideas involving paint, including a funky flowerpot, a still life with fruit, and a camouflaged toy box. more...
Amazon Says: Presents eight project ideas involving paint, including a funky flowerpot, a still life with fruit, and a camouflaged toy box. 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: 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: From beloved children’s book creator Crockett Johnson comes the timeless classic Harold and the Purple Crayon!One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. A more...
Amazon Says: From beloved children’s book creator Crockett Johnson comes the timeless classic Harold and the Purple Crayon!One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.Harold and his trusty crayon travel through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you. “A satisfying artistic triumph.” —Chris Van Allsburg, author-illustrator of The Polar Express 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: A beautiful and engaging classic that inspires creativity and imaginationThe white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page. Is it a rabbit, a bird, a more...
Amazon Says: A beautiful and engaging classic that inspires creativity and imaginationThe white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page. Is it a rabbit, a bird, an ice-cream cone, 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 classic was one of the first books to introduce nonrepresentational art to children. "Inimitable. Represents one of the finest picture-book examples of abstract art and participatory text. It is a renowned American classic that continues to engage young readers with its absolute graphic strength and verbal dialogue between craftsman and child" (Children's Book and Their Creators).Charles Shaw was discovered and nurtured by Margaret Wise Brown, his first editor. It Looked Like Spilt Milk was introduced at the same time as Brown's own Goodnight Moon and The Growing Tree from Ruth Krauss—three books that helped form the foundation of picture-book literature and continue to stand the test of time. less...
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