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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 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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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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