How kids can read Stephen King together
I’m going to have to break some heartbreak news to you. There is no stopping Stephen King and “The Baskervilles” – in many versions and formats – so there’s no guarantee that kids will be able to read his masterwork in one, two or five years, which means that often the time for spontaneous reading is before an arranged group.
With this in mind, I have gathered five clever, creative, and fun ways for little minds to discover unassisted reading.
I think I love him because he dares to be different, even if that means veering from other movies about detectives. This colorful cast of characters from a pilot that seems to disappear for the duration of the film does just that. Plus, his complex characters, twist endings, and slightly offensive dialogue (not to mention it’s based on a beloved book from my youth) makes it a classic. He’s so tenacious!
Screenwriting in Garage Script-ing
The kids at the creative lab at the Arthur Miller Center at New York University taught me a step-by-step code. If you’re contemplating writing your first script, this is the book you should read, then follow it with another book called Screenwriting in Garage Script-ing. This way, you can practice developing your ideas in this way until you have something concrete and concrete enough to write.
Paper Cuts, Straight From the Book (in my case),
From my years of collecting handmade paper cutouts from store displays to my obsession with making miniature illustrations, this book is the perfect way to organize and display your beautiful, handmade paper creations. This neat little book will inspire you to indulge your art creation, and the touch and look of the book is still adorable when framed.
Vintage Books Making
If you’re looking for a simpler, more child-friendly way to play with textiles, this book by Helen Paskin titled Vintage Books Making is a winner. She doesn’t just simply label the books with random titles, but she even integrates illustrations and an illustrated range of materials you might be able to pick up at a bookstore. I love the fact that all of these vintage books are of a quality known as “pedigree”, which means that the book has been worked on and altered by the original author. I find myself thinking that my son would enjoy learning how to make these treasures from some of his cherished vintage books (think Dr. Seuss) – and he would be able to fill them with everything from your favorite seasonal plants and fruits to workbooks and journals for school projects and daily habits.
Trays of Books
Remember when we’d play with our trays full of toys at the end of the week to see how many we could accomplish before the week was over? That turned into an exciting game at my children’s home, and you could fill their trays with books they’ve been given before they opened them. Is it any wonder that interest in books in particular is at a new high? Set yourself up with a tray where you can place the books your children have in their backpack and grab one per day for an entire week.
On the Rooftop
Imagine a new way to distribute children’s books that doesn’t require lugging around massive tomes. This is exactly what artist and author Erin Callahan is creating with her collection of books with pages sprouting off the roof. Callahan explains that since the roofs of residential buildings (including several that are historic) often lack bookshelves, she has combined the possibilities for storage and creativity by combining the hangers for office supply storage boxes with book bindings, that makes a tidy, functional and sexy project that has come in handy and garnered her a loyal audience.
By comparing her own personal experience as a stay-at-home mom to the plight of other moms today, Callahan offers an interesting perspective on the current challenges that mothers face. In the book titled Like Mother Like Daughter, she challenges people to think about the ways mothers are uniquely affected by motherhood, and ways that they, by extension, may impact other parents’ daily lives.
It’s a beautiful little project, but its impact could extend much further than a single book will ever contain.