This fall, through the FLPP partnership program, students in Stephen Pinzari and Heather Perry’s Children’s Literature class tried their hand at creating an original children’s book. Each student studied the elements of literature and design then selected a genre in which to create their own children’s book. The works of these debut authors will be on display at the library and may perhaps inspire others to try their hand at authorship.
The students covered many diverse topics, from sibling jealousy to the plight of the Piping Plover. One student wrote an ABC book profiling amazing women of the world. They employed a variety of techniques from original poetry to sequential story telling. The creativity and wide range to topics explored was truly impressive.
Throughout the course of the semester the students had the opportunity to work with professional artist, Greg Marathas, to learn the elements of design. The authors applied these elements to their illustrations to most effectively communicate their messages. The students used a variety of artistic techniques to create the illustrations for their books. One students used photography to bring a fire station to life, another skillfully manipulated photos to create just the right mood to celebrate the joy of a new family member. Another student painted the backdrop for two friends on an exciting adventure. Students effectively used their artistic skills to bring their stories to life.
The students used a program called Blurb, which guides you smoothly through the creation process.
Two new authors reflected on their experiences:
- Kelsey Friedman who wrote on the adventures of two caterpillars said:
The most important part to me in making my children’s book was the illustrations. Growing up I always found art as a way of expressing myself so creating a book where I could represent that for other people to see was a great experience.
- Kristina Colon said:
I have a passion for diversity and inclusion. I believe children at a young age should learn and be exposed to situations that they might encounter in the future. The book I created, Color Me Diverse, explains in a short, yet simple way what it means to be diverse.
I was very impressed with the creativity and originality of these student creations, and I am sure you will as well. The books will be on display at the library in front of the circulation desk; the books do not circulate, but you are encouraged to come and take a look at the students’ hard work!
Students taking Children’s literature this semester, or planning to take it in the future, can take inspiration from the work of this cohort of students.
By Heather Perry