A celebration of SMART's (Start Making a Reader Today) 25th anniversary, this new anthology features 25 read-aloud stories by Oregon authors and illustrators, about Oregon places, people and events. Like Sasquatch, and swifts, and rodeos and evergreens and volcanoes. And my contribution Go, Bikes Go! Did you know that Portland is considered the bike capital of the country? During the three years I commuted solely by bike, I happened across all of the strange and useful bicycles featured in my story. Can you find some of these in the drawing below?
Extra tall bikes
Bikes with three wheels
Bikes with four
Doesn't that bike need one more?
What age does drawing start? I have always admired the art of young children, and consider age 5 the creative peak of life. This is when kids start drawing people with big alien eyes and stick arms coming out of their cheeks. But while watching my daughter grow up, I've found that creativity starts even earlier than I imagined. Since she tried painting at 18 months or started scribbling around age two, I have watched quietly as she learns and invents --without censor or fear. Her "loose" style of drawing gets harder to create the older and more experienced I get -- though Picasso and Seuss retained the ability. For myself, I am stealing lines from my daughter and turning her scribbles into large full-color paintings, which remind me of a child's reality-- abstracted, joyful, unbounded.
"HOORAY!" says Ramona. Beverly Cleary was born and raised in Oregon, and we are especially excited to celebrate her 100th birthday with lots of book-loving fun at the library. My art classes (listed at right) are inspired by Ramona, one of my favorite literary characters and a true creative. Since Ramona always made art and adventures from things she found around her house, we will make tin-can stilts, tambourines and shakers, ring-toss toys and more from completely recycled materials.There are many more free events at all the Multnomah County Libraries this spring, including a big party at Central Library on April 9th. Don't miss it!
Portland Book Festival