Posts Tagged 'art'

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a classroom book?!

Last weekend I attended my sister’s college graduation at Virginia Tech. Since the drive to Tech is a bit long, my family had lots of time to catch up. While talking about FreeReading with my father, he mentioned that I should spend time on the website blurb.

Blurb is a website and service that allows you to turn your photos, text and artwork into beautiful and professionally bound books. For examples of the types of books you can make using this site, click here. My father’s good friend Andy Ilachinski uses blurb to create books of his photographs. Andy highly recommends the site, which in my mind is the equivalent of giving blurb a Michelin star!

Just imagine how much fun it would be for your students to create a professionally bound class book filled with student poetry, illustrations and more!

Have fun!


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Endless String and Other Illustrated Children’s Texts

I never cease to be amazed by the talent and enthusiasm displayed by members of the FreeReading Community! Thanks to Cheryl Johnson for contributing 15 illustrations to the previously unillustrated texts on FreeReading! Below is her cover to the short story Endless String. To see the other story illustrations she’s created to-date (including Fran’s Magic Blanket, Festival Fun and Rat’s Candy Plan), click here. Feel free to print these stories for your students. They are great for practicing decoding, fluency and comprehension. Thanks Cheryl! -Anna

Seeking Imaginative Artists to Illustrate Open Source Children’s Stories

Promote your artwork and help children around the world learn how to read! The development team is currently seeking artists to create illustrations for the short children’s texts on

FreeReading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program for grades K-1. Developed by a team of instructional designers at Wireless Generation and teachers across the country, the FreeReading site has a community of over 100,000 educators in all 50 states and 167 countries. In addition, FreeReading is the first open-source instructional program to be approved through an official state adoption. The state of Florida recently approved FreeReading as a supplemental reading program that state schools may use during the 2008-2009 school year.


If you are artistically inclined or know people that are, feel free to pass along this opportunity. More information can be found here:


Seeking Imaginative Artists to Illustrate Open Source Children’s Stories




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Do your students like to Doodle?

My friend Millie just emailed me information on the Doodle for Google Competition:

Welcome to Doodle 4 Google, a competition where we invite K-12 students to play around with our homepage logo and see what they come up with. This year we’re inviting U.S. kids to join in the doodling fun, around the intriguing theme “What if…?”

For lessons plans and ideas on how to incorporate this competition into your art, technology literacy, language arts and social studies classes click here.

Happy Doodling!


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