March is Picture Book Month
For younger children, picture books are a vital tool for developing pre-reading skills. Pictures get their attention and engages them in the story. They assist them to understand the story (comprehension), creating more interaction, leading to greater language development.
This blog will feature several picture books and related crafts, through the month of March. Enjoy.
Snowmen At Night
by Caralyn Buehner, Illustrator: Mark Buehner
Watch as this book is read to you and your youngsters: Snowmen at Night
Have you ever wondered what Snowmen do at night? Wonder no more, because this delightful story, told in rhyme,will enlighten you to their nocturnal adventures. It is my very favorite snowman book!
A bit about the author and illustrator: Caralyn and Mark Buehner according to their children!
Caralyn Buehner grew up in Salt Lake City, the youngest child in a family of bookworms. She remembers being read to as a child by her mother, and has very fond memories of some children named Sally, Dick and Jane, and seems to remember a dog named Spot. By the time she was in 6th grade, she had perfected the art of undetected nocturnal reading, and had written a chapter of a romance novel. She won state and national awards for her writing in her teenage years, but didn’t plan to be an author.
Her marriage to illustrator Mark Buehner brought some changes. When Mark began illustrating children’s books, he encouraged Caralyn to write. In the past decade they have collaborated on several children’s picture books, and eight children.
Awards: two Utah Children’s Choice Awards, a CBC Children’s Choice Award, Parent’s Choice Award, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.
Other Published picture books by Caralyn include: links to Amazon
The majority of this information is from Utah Children’s Writers and Illustrators blog in an author interview.
Snowmen Crafts for Fun
Make a snowman with shaving cream and glue. It stays puffy and on the paper.