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Raising Readers Literacy Collaboration

A few of the picture books I illustrated for Candlewick Press (One Frog Sang & The Big Meow) are included in anthologies given to children during their doctor visits. Over 1.7 million books have been given away to more than 190,000 Maine children! I'm honored to be part of this collaboration.


RAISING READERS: Raising Readers is a literacy initiative conceived by the LIBRA FOUNDATION to nurture a love for reading & promote literacy for children in Maine. The initiative provides Family & Pediatric Practices beautiful books to give to kids during their well child visits from 2 months to 5 years. Raising Readers also gives totes to newborns in Maine hospitals, birth centers, midwives & adoption agencies. 

RAISING READERS: A Treasury of Tales From Maine
Candlewick Press (ISBN: 9780763652203) 

An anthology of five picture books by authors and illustrators who create books in Maine.
'Dance with Me' by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones; 'One Frog Sang' by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar; 'The Bugliest Bug' by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash; 'In the Wild' by David Elliott and illustrated by Holly Meade; 'The Circus Ship' written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

RAISING READERS: A Collection Of Stories From Maine
Candlewick Press (ISBN: 9780763664893)
This book is an anthology of six picture books, each created by an author or illustrator from Maine. It contains the wonderful picture books The Big Meow, illustrated by the artist Cynthia Jabar who was raised in Maine; The Bugliest Bug, illustrated by Peaks Island artist Scott Nash; Farmer Will, written and illustrated by the picture book creator Jane Cowen-Fletcher; That's Are What Friends Are For, illustrated by Maine artist Holly Meade; Weslandia, illustrated by Gorham artist Kevin Hawkes; and Zachary's Ball, written and illustrated by Maine picture book creator Matt Tavares!

Why I collaborate: The power of LITERACY + MAKING

Picture books are my friends and have been since I was a kid. You can meet My Top 10 Picture Book Friends here. I bet some of them are your friends too!

I made my first collaborative picture book in Miss Kenniston's 4th grade class. We wrote & illustrated a giant poster sized book of poems. The experience truly changed my life because it gave me a vehicle (books) for expressing myself & telling my own story.
Bookmaking is cool like that. Books create openings for discussion & growth. They allow us to find our voices & tell our own stories. We need books - no matter what form they take.
Our digital kids need to know how to make digital books too. Creating and not just consuming content is an essential 21st digital literacy century skill.
Many teachers are doing amazing work, but they can't do everything, our kids & schools need help.
That's why I collaborate. I want to give back what Miss Kenniston gave me. All Kids need to be able to find their voices and tell their stories - not just a few lucky ones.
As storytellers, if we share what we know - no matter how small (think HORTON HEARS A WHO) we will enable our kids to tell their own stories, collaborate & create a more meaningful world. A world we can't even imagine.

I SKYPE (cynthiajabaroffice) with teachers & kids from my NYC studio. I share my design thinking around creating visual narrative & digital storytelling. Get in touch if you want to make something together.

We've started making a collaborative digital book of animal poems here.

You can read about my digital literacy collaboration here. 

If you want to learn more about digital literacy, read this post or take a look at Doug Belshaw's THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DIGITAL LITERACIES below.

For more information & inspiration, follow these hashtags on twitter: #digitalliteracy, #digitlit,  #digitalmaker, #edchat, #edtech.

Enjoy & thanks for visiting.

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