As the Creative Librarian, I am always looking for interesting ways to get my students’ creative juices flowing. Today, my kindergarten and first grade students explored their creative side after reading the book Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg, an ode to those who make mistakes – and how they can be turned into something beautiful.
Tying in the importance of recycling and reusing our resources, we discussed risk-taking and challenging oneself to make the world a better place. One of the many wonderful things about teaching elementary age students is that they generally are willing to explore an idea and embrace it fully with abandon. My students were given scraps of ripped, wrinkled, and worn construction paper, scissors, glue, markers,and crayons, and began creating their own Beautiful Oops– inspired artwork. They selected just the right pieces of paper, and began crunching, coloring, cutting, and ripping. Within a few minutes their scraps transformed into art. I was thrilled with their excitement, and impressed by my students’ masterpieces!
Beautiful Oops book trailer
Beautiful Oops – A Program to Foster Creativity
I hope you and your students will be inspired to make your mistakes beautiful, too!
As an enthusiastic member of the Gaithersburg Book Festival Committee, I was thrilled to see our lineup of featured children’s authors and illustrators, which included: Dianna Hutts Aston, Cece Bell, Gennifer Choldenko, Paul Czajak, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Laura Gehl, John Green, Steve Light, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Dave Roman, Aaron Reynolds, Syl Sobel, Maris Wicks, Timothy Young among others.
Paul Czajak reads Monster Needs Your Vote.
A family oriented event, the GBF also offers outstanding (if I do say so myself!) series of children’s and teens workshops and other entertainment in the Children’s Village and Young Adult Pavilion.
2016 Children’s Workshops included:
Despite the rainy (and cold) weather, our dedicated guests arrived in full rain gear. And stayed. And listened. And participated in the many author talks and workshops. It was a wonderfully creative and enthusiastically attended community event, led by a group of totally awesome lovers of literature…
Cannot wait for next year’s event!
Gaithersburg Book Festival
The 2016 GBF Children’s Village: About 100 Reasons to Bring the Kids on 5/21
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