Friday, September 14, 2012

Tomie dePaola Day

My kids and I love books.  We love to find an author who we all enjoy, and then we like to do an author's study.  We read about the author's life and career.  And, of course, we read several of the author's books.  Tomorrow is Tomie dePaola's birthday.  He is by far one of our favorite authors.  If you have kiddos (and even if you don't) I encourage you to check out some of his books from your local library.  Tomie uses his life experiences and turns them into whimsical stories that we all can relate with.  He also has a talent for taking old stories and giving them a timeless touch. 

Today, the kids and I read 14 Tomie dePaola books.  We watched a few YouTube videos of interview with him.  The kids have worked on comic strips, book reviews and some of their own dePaola-esque art.  We also had some Strega Nona Noodles for lunch...she's one of our favorite dePaola characters!  We hope you go out and find an author you and your kids enjoy and learn a little bit more about that person!

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