Join Simmons University professor and author, Megan Dowd Lambert, to learn how to shake up storytime in ways that that will affirm and empower children.
Megan will begin with an introduction to the Whole Book Approach, a co-constructive (interactive) storytime model focused on the art and design of the picture book, which she developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Drawing on her book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015), Megan will provide attendees with tips and tools to create dynamic, engaging shared reading experiences that put children and their responses to art, text, and design at the heart of storytime.
The next part of the session will address how the Whole Book Approach can support kids’ critical engagement with picture book representations of race, class, gender, and other aspects of identity. Participants will gain insight into how to guide children to picture books with positive representations of diverse characters, while also supporting them in resisting or reading against problematic, biased content.