An Author Study Alphabet
Favorite authors are a bit like friends. They write those books that you will read again and again. They are the books the make you laugh the loudest or hug you close when you're sad. And then, when you have favorites, there will come the day when that author has a new book and you will squeal with delight that there is more!
As part of our homeschool preschool, we are combining learning the alphabet with author studies to create an Author Study Alphabet. We are having a lot of fun exploring different authors - most of whom are new to us - and tying them into our literacy activities.
The goals with young children are to:Author studies can take many different forms.
*Discover favorite authors that you can return to again and again.
*To cement the idea that a person wrote a book. We have a chart in our workspace with the alphabet. Each letter that we have done has the author's name and picture next to it. I think printed the pictures (from their websites) has been especially helpful in viewing authors as people.
*The ultimate goal of any literacy project is to instill a lifelong love to books and reading. Reading should be fun, never a chore.
Here are some general ideas for an author study:
*Gather books by a single author and put them in one place. We have a basket in our workspace labeled "Author Study Books"
*Read them and read them some more!
*Chart similarities or differences. Some examples include; characters, silly/serious, settings
*Visit the author's website to learn more about them. Often there is about them section as well as activities to go with their books.
*Write a letter to a favorite author or illustrator.
*Use their style as inspiration for a writing or illustrating project
Even if you have zero desire to do an author study, below is a fantastic list of children's book authors. If nothing else, use it to guide you to some awesome books the next time you are at the library.
Although I haven't shared most of them yet, we are about halfway through our Author Study Alphabet and I wanted to have a space to round up all of these posts to make them more accessible and user friendly. I will continue to link to our Author Studies here as I add them to our site.
C : Donald Crews
D : Alexandra Day
E : Ed Emberley
F : Mem Fox & Brian Floca
G : Bob Graham
I : Rachel Isadora
J : Emily Jenkins
K : Ezra Jack Keats
L : Helen Lester
P : Margie Palatini
R : Catherine Rayner
S : Birgitta Sif
T : Herve Tullet
V : Chris Van Dusen
W : Audrey Wood + Karma Wilson
Y : Dan Yaccarino
Z : Harriet Ziefert
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