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Uses of Book Readings for Art Educators & Students

Inspire emerging artists with audio and video book excerpts,

for example …

listen now to
The Art Lesson

watch now
The Dot

Hear artists talk about how they created the illustrations for their award-winning books,

for example …

listen now to Beth Krommes discuss scratchboard and watercolor for
The House in the Night

listen now to Jerry Pinkney discuss research and page composition for
Goin' Someplace Special

What is a Book Reading?

  • A Book Reading is an audio recording of a book being read aloud
  • Most Book Readings are 2-3 minute excerpts; others are full-length resources that allow you to hear the entire story.
  • Some Book Readings include animations, videos, and/or captions.
  • Meet-the-Author Book Readings are produced by directly with the author or illustrator, who gives the story-behind-the-story before reading or describing a portion of the book.

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Here are some curricular uses submitted by educators…

  • "I use Book Readings to inspire a student to pick up the book and read it him/herself, hopefully!"
    - Angela from North Carolina

  • "Book Readings with illustrators are great. They give the story-behind-the-story before reading or describing a portion of the book."
    - Jessie from South Carolina
  • "I use the Book Readings as part of a computer reading center for students who are reluctant to read. I know that eventually they will look forward to listening to other stories."
    - Elizabeth from Texas
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