Lois Ehlert is one of our all time favorite author/illustrators. Maybe you know Eating the Alphabet or Planting a Rainbow? I love her direct writing, bold compositions, and clever concepts. I love too that she writes about the seasons and often includes natural materials in her collage art. So when I discovered she has a new book out about her creative life I couldn’t wait to check it out!
The Scraps Book Review
The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert is an easy read that is so inspiring you won’t know whether to read it slow and savor all its rich detail or fast because you are so inspired and want to get right to work on your own ideas! The solution for us was to buy the book so we could read it any way we want over and over again. She starts with her childhood and if you read Hands you might be familiar with how she credits her generous parents for nurturing her creativity. She goes on to explain her inspiration for and process of creating picture books with notes, sketches, sample illustrations, and photos. She even includes the picture book dummy for Feathers for Lunch.
This book is definitely for Lois Ehlert fans and fans of the art of picture books in general. I would even recommend it if you are looking for a great arts and crafts book. It is not exactly instructional but it is full of fun ideas, interesting techniques, and like I might have mentioned before inspiration!
Leaf Turkey Craft and Printable
“Mother Nature gives me free art supplies!” She writes about her process of creating Leaf Man. We used this nugget of inspiration to make leaf turkeys for Thanksgiving. If you want to make one too print the following PDF: Turkey Template, collect small leaves and attach them with a glue stick. I used burning bush leaves and dried hydrangea petals but locust leaves would be a little less tedious than those tiny petals.
Picture Book Picks for Pets
November is Picture Book Month so I am also recommending a short list of Lois Ehlert books to read to your pets who make great listeners (especially for new readers) to tie into today’s “cats and dogs” theme.
Rrralph is a clever story about a real talking dog. Really!
Wag a Tail is a festive tale about a bunch of mostly well behaved canine market goers.
Enjoy identifying plants and birds in Feathers for Lunch about a sneaky cat.
Top Cat is not happy about the new kitten but soon comes around to the idea of a playmate.
The Scraps Book is my Picture Book of the Day pick. Like Doodles and Jots on FB to follow along and get daily picture book recommendations from a fantastic list of book and educational bloggers.
Do you have a favorite Lois Ehlert book? Please share!