Video Clip: In the Studio w/ Eric Carle
Before we get to the video, I’ve got one thing to check off my list:
Over the course of writing 100 Scope Notes, Iâ€™ve alluded to the specifics of my job a number of times, but Iâ€™ve never provided a full explanation of my duties. So you wonâ€™t have to hear me repeat myself again, hereâ€™s the full story.
Iâ€™m the elementary library/media specialist of a school district with 4 elementary schools. I split time between each building, and they all have different age ranges. The schools are broken down like this:
K-2nd grade building
K-4th grade building
3rd and 4th grade building
5th and 6th grade building
Now that thatâ€™s out of the way, we can get back to business.
Every school I work at does an annual book fair fundraiser. One of my favorite parts about the Scholastic book fair is the â€œAuthor Videoâ€ that arrives beforehand. The idea is to hype up some of the books that will be available for purchase. While Iâ€™m dubious about the motives, Iâ€™ve gotta admit that the author/illustrator profiles they do are often great. My favorites are when they visit an illustratorâ€™s studio and show him/her at work. With the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar upon us, Scholastic interviewed childrenâ€™s lit legend Eric Carle. Well worth watching, especially to see how his distinctive artwork comes together. The gentle Muzak in the background will also likely put you in a mood to think happy thoughts. Click the image below or above to watch.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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