AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT ON . . . Oliver Jeffers!
Meet Oliver Jeffers! He is the author/illustrator of some of my favorite picture books. Learn more about him and his books and even find some book trailers and apps by clicking here and here. Also, for some interactive fun, you can visit Oliver Jeffers' World. (You will need firefox internet browser to access these links.)
Oliver Jeffers (pictured above)
Olivers picture books have been translated into over 30 languages, including Lost & Found, Stuck, The Hueys, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper and most recently the New York Times bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me.
Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Picture Book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, The Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal.Oliver won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo.
Oliver was born in Australia, brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Redwoods by Jason Chin
It was surprising to learn how small a redwood seed is and compare their cone (on the left) to that of a typical pinecone (on the right).
The seed that grows a gigantic Redwood is similar to the size of a tomato seed!
How wide can some Redwoods be?
Redwoods can be as long as 7 TK students from Mrs. Potts'class or 29 feet. Wow!!!
Redwoods by Jason Chin
We also learned about some of the creatures that live in Redwood forests, such as the yellow banana slug (see picture above).
They can lower themselves down by a rope they make from slime in the event they reach the end of a branch and need to get down.
They are the mascot for University of California Santa Cruz.
Celebrate International Dot Day!
Camp Read S'more celebrated Dot Day September 9-13th. Students and teachers made their mark and their creativity is on display. Be sure to check out our dots when you stop in the library and our heartprints hanging on the stairs by the office. How will you make your mark? How will you choose to matter? "We can make every day better for each other." -Kid President
Watch this: I think we all need a pep talk!
Then watch this! Pep talk for students and teachers
Happy Dot Day!
With some wonderful student helpers, students and staff were greeted this morning with a dot sticker to wear and a piece of dot candy to celebrate Dot Day and be reminded that we can make every day better for each other. We have influence. We matter. We are going to take the path that leads to awesome! (Thank you Kid President for such awesome words!)
Students and staff were also given the dot challenge. They were given a dot and told to simply turn it into something. Below is a sampling of their creative genius! Enjoy!