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The power of the picture book
‘A picture book is text, illustrations, total design; an item of manufacture and a commercial product; a social, cultural, historical document; and, foremost, an experience for a child. As an art form it hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages, and on the drama of the turning of the page.
On its own terms its possibilities are limitless.’
American Picture Books, from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within
A stimulating and interactive session exploring picture books from every angle – the range of books in this genre, how they’re made, what they can represent, and the many opportunities they bring to a classroom, be it with 5 year olds or 15 year olds. Drawing on her experience as both a publisher and a writer, and using examples from picture books from around the world, Jane explores the power of this art form to enlighten, entertain, inspire and educate.
Other workshops Jane can run:
Narrative writing for secondary students
A session for students studying the novel Falling from Grace
Or she can tailor a program to your needs!
You Can Make a Picture Book! A fun and hands-on workshop where each child creates their own small picture book. Jane starts by sharing some of her picture books and demonstrating the importance and power of narrative. Jane also shows children the process of making a picture book from first idea to finished product. Then […]
5 Steps to a Great Story (more advanced for the older students) An interactive talk that includes writing activities and brainstorming of story ideas. Initial discussion with the group about ideas and how we develop them dovetails into a series of quick and fun writing activities that even the most reluctant writer will get involved […]
5 Steps to a Great Story An interactive talk that also includes some simple, quick and fun writing activities. Jane talks about different ways we can develop an idea, demonstrating this using the students’ contributions and also examples from her own books. This is used as a springboard for some three-minute writing activities that the […]
A fun and interactive session where Jane shares several of her many picture books with the children. Jane shares the stories then talks about how each story came about, encouraging the students to share their own ideas and explore similar techniques when they write stories. Jane also takes the children through the process of making […]