Thursday, February 14, 2008

African-American author & illustrator projects

For the next few weeks, the third graders will be working on their African-American author & illustrator reports. Ms. Lono suggested that students and families might be interested in learning more about the lives of the authors and illustrators. Here are some biography resources that you can use from home: click on the underlined link to go to the web page.

Scholastic Book has a wonderful list of author and illustrator biographies.

The Brown Bookshelf is a blog that focuses on African-American writers, illustrators, and books. In February, they are doing 28 Days Later, a series of interviews with notable authors and illustrators, including Patricia McKissack, Mildred Taylor, and Christopher Paul Curtis.

  • One of my favorite places to find information about authors is TeachingBooks. It is a collection of interviews and other articles about authors and illustrators. You will need a password to explore the site from home: see Ms. Claire to get the password.
  • Finally, remember that the Berkeley Public Library has some great resources that you can access from the library or from home, with a library card. One of these is the Biography Resource Center. Scroll down the page or click on "Biographies" to find the link .