Our Fall Storytime programs will be featuring three picture book authors; we began on September 12th and 13th with Lois Ehlert. Ehlert is the author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books and has also illustrated books by other authors, including the iconic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. Coming from a graphic design background, Ehlert creates illustrations from cut paper, cloth, feathers, rocks and much more.
Many of her books are written about plants and animals and are the perfect starting point for discussions or lessons about science. Others of her books use simple shapes and numbers and are wonderful for reinforcing math concepts. Educators love her books because they are so easy to adapt for classroom use, but kids love them for the bright colors and sly sense of humor. Some of the subjects addressed in her books include:
- Counting – Fish Eyes
- Life cycles – Waiting for Wings
Ehlert attributes her success to parents who encouraged her creativity and who kept her supplied with tools and materials. Her parents’ influence is discussed in her autobiography The Scraps Book which is located in our juvenile biography area.
If any teachers would like me to share some Lois Ehlert books with your classroom, just give me a call. I love to share these amazing books with kids!