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Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities
by Colleen Aagesen, Margie Blumbe
Kids can experience William Shakespeare's England and get their first taste of the Bard's sublime craft with this biography and activity book. Staging swordplay, learning to juggle, and creating authentic costumes like a flamboyant shirt with slashed sleeves or a lady's lace-trimmed glove bring the theater arts to life. Making a quill pen and using it to write a story, binding a simple book by hand, and creating a fragrant pomander ball and a dish of stewed apples show what daily life was like in Elizabethan times. Inspired by scenes from Shakespeare's plays, kids can invent new words, write songs, and devise scathing or comical insults just as he did. Part of the For Kids series.


The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel
by Charles D. Cohen
Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children's characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children's literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel's lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century's most original thinkers.


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African American Writers Who Inspired Change
by Allison Mangrum
Explore the inspiring world of African American literature as you read about these amazing writers -- Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright. History and writing are made fun and easy to understand using captivating stories and colorful images, comprehension and critical thinking questions, definitions for higher-level vocabulary, hands-on writing activities, and resources that take you beyond the book. Part of the Explore the Ages series.

Meet My Grandmother: She's a Children's Book Author
by Lisa Tucker McElroy, Abigail Jane Cobb, Joel Benjamin
Prolific children's book author Vicki Cobb is highlighted in this biography, as told by her nine-year-old granddaughter, Abigail. Lots of colorful photos take up almost half of the space on each page. Readers find out about the process of creating, writing, and publishing children's books, and Cobb comes across as fun, interesting, and accessible. The last page, "If You Want to Be a Children's Book Author," gives good suggestions for beginning writers. (School Library Journal) Part of the Grandmothers at Work series.


If You Give an Author a Pencil
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
What happens when you give an author a pencil? She will write about writing! Author Laura Numeroff, whose first book, "Amy for Short," grew out of a college assignment, recounts her life and describes how her daily activities and creative process are interwoven. This book provides the kind of insight that might usually only be gleaned through a personal chat with an author as it inspires children to become writers themselves. Part of the Meet the Author series.




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06/02/2008