Wilbur and the year of the rooster…

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Wilbur tries out Bob Crown…

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Bob crown made by 4th grader

It’s fun to visit schools and see children wearing their Buggy Bob Crowns! This one was made by a 4th grader. Kindergarteners…teachers…librarians….one size fits all! Make the bugs wiggle and shake your sillies out! Happy Year of the Rooster from Bob and tcp…enjoy!

Here are the instructions for the Buggy Bob Crown:

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Instructions for Bob Crown

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Bob Crown Pattern

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It’s the year of the rooster…she says she has more activities on her website…

Visit www.traceycampbellpearson.com to learn more about my books and to download more activities…

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BOB by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux   ISBN 978-0-374-40871-8

 

 

 

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Valentine Bob…

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Valentine Bob

Have fun making a Bob Valentine! Here’s a link to a downloadable image on my website.

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/pdf/Bob-valentine.pdf

 

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Valentine Bob Coloring Page

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Written and Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2004
Softcover available Square Fish an imprint of Macmillan ISBN 978-0-374-40871-8

Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardNCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal Award*School Library Journal, starred review
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardArkansas Diamond Primary Book
Award Master List- Grades K-3
Parents’ Choice Silver Medal AwardOppenheim Gold Award

Visit my website to learn more about Bob. Get the inside story. Download more activities based on the book….enjoy!…Happy Valentine’s Day…tcp

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/bob.htm

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Valentine Bob Winter

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Valentine Bob Collage

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School Visits & Elephants in PA…

These wonderful elephant drawings were created by young artists at Corl Street Elementary in State College, PA….

Elephant and Gracie are thrilled that everyone is having fun with their book.

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Thank you to Mrs. McGann’s second graders for the lovely letters and fantastic elephants!….including a drawing from Mrs. McGann!…I love to see teachers draw along side their students!….This is one cool school!….tcp

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Another Fun School Visit in State College, PA…and all that jazz…

Wow…My mailbox is full of kids letters and art…and yesterday a little bit of jazz! …after another visit to another great elementary school in State College, PA.

They were busy at Easterly Parkway Elementary long before I arrived.

Easterly Parkway Elementary has lots of ideas about where Joe goes!

Easterly Parkway Elementary has lots of ideas about where Joe goes!

The kids were prepped and ready for an author visit.

Students prepping before an author visit..very cool!

Students prepping before an author visit..very cool!

These students and their librarian, Laura Alterio, were talking about me while I was still home in Vermont! I think I answered their questions in my presentation…but let’s go over these to be sure!…

My favorite art medium?…watercolor…pen and ink…pencil…

My favorite color?…..purple….

Where I live?….Vermont

My hidden talent?…I wonder what that is?….Along with writing and illustrating picture books there are lots of things I like to do…I like to swim..bike…cross country ski…hike….garden…eat…bake…listen to music…travel…draw while I travel…

I love to draw while I’m on subways…I draw fast…I can draw a person if they are on the subway for just one stop….could that be a hidden talent?… …maybe.

Riding the J train…NYC Subway

Riding the J train…NYC Subway

My first book?….I wrote a book about a blue bird in 2nd grade and gave it a red construction paper cover…self published… The first book that was published by a grown up publisher…We Wish You A Merry A Merry Christmas….1983 we-wish-you

Somehow this librarian managed to get pictures during my presentation…not an easy task…I do not stand still…Thank you, Laura!

…and what about the jazz?
I talk to students about working to music in my studio…the last two books Stan Getz and Miles Davis. A Dave McKenna CD just arrived in the mail from Nichol. She has connections to Dave and his family and thought I might enjoy listening to his music.  I love it. I’m listening to Dave as I write this…and enjoying every minute…Thank you, Nichol!

Thanks to Laura and to everyone at Easterly Parkway Elementary…I enjoyed spending the day with fellow readers…writers and artists!…tcp

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Giant Bob…Regular Size Librarian…another school visit in PA

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When a giant Bob greeted me outside the library…I knew it was going to be a fun school visit. All those spots glued on by kids at Gray’s Woods Elementary…amazing!

PATTERNED ELEPHANT LETTERS on a welcome sign!…what fun.

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They noticed I love to put patterns in my books…students even made colorful little Bobs.

Thank you, Anne…for all of the time and thought put into preparing  Gray’s Woods  Elementary for my author visit. It’s so much fun to walk into a school and see the students excited…before I even begin a presentation…

A Great school!

Great day!

Thank you all!…State College, PA knows how to take care of visiting authors!…tcp

PS..Here’s a link to the Elephant Alphabet coloring page on my website. Just click on Elephant’s Activity Kit and there are letters to color, finger puppets and more. You can download the and make patterns on Elephant’s letters …spell your name…make a word…enjoy…have fun! 

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant.html

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

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A School Visit in PA…A Children’s Book Editor Works in a Slice of Cheese in NYC…?

I spent a great week visiting schools in State College, PA.

Radio Park Elementary is full of students and teachers that are excited about reading, writing and drawing. A great school. A fun school visit.

One of the best parts of visiting schools is getting artwork and letters from kids!…
I was barely home in Vermont…when letters started arriving…I spent this morning answering them.

One of my favorite comments came from a child that likes that “my editor works in a building that looks like a slice of cheese.” I showed students a picture of the Flatiron Building so they could see where I go when I say “I’m go to see my publisher”.

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Thank you to Mary Robert and her second graders for all your thoughtful letters…Here is a small sample…I’m off to the post office to mail all of the replies!

Elephant and Gracie helped me sign books in my hotel the night before my visit…

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The day of my visit..I was greeted by this poster of MYRTLE in the library. It was drawn by a parent (and artist)…I love how she picked up on the patterns!

Myrtle Poster by parent

Myrtle Poster by parent

I had fun presenting and drawing with the students…I left drawings for the school…they were stuck all over the walls!

More drawings from presentation

More drawings from presentation

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Mrs. Grim’s Kindergarteners gave me an Elephant before I even left the school!
I brought him back to my hotel…tucked him in…and Gracie read a story to 2 Elephants that night…Thank you Mrs. Grim and Kindergarteners!

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Thank you all! A special thank you to a swell librarian…Emily Herring…for all of your hard work. I enjoyed meeting everyone. It was a great day.

To the kids in Radio Park..keep reading, writing and drawing!…tcp

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Purple Hats & Joe at Corl Street Elementary School…

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There were purple hats all over the walls at Corl Street Elementary…

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…and students had there own ideas about where Joe goes!

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I had a great week visiting elementary schools in State College, PA.

I returned with piles of wonderful artwork from the kids….car treats from the librarians…it was a great visit!!!

Ooops…I ate the car treats…so I can’t share those…

…but here is some fun art from students at Corl Street Elementary..

Thank you, Corl Street Elementary! Thank you State College, PA!…Great schools!….Great town!…tcp

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Elephant has a great school visit at Chamberlin School…

….I wasn’t the only author in the room!

Here’s ELEPHANT’S STORY made by the young authors and illustrators in Mrs. Meehan’s First Grade. It’s wonderful.


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Here is a story quilt by Mrs. Charbonneau’s Kindergarteners….very cool.

 

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Drawing Elephant Letters for the classrooms!

 

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…There was even Elephant Cake…yum!

 

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Mrs. Flickinger shares her library with a GIANT Bob…made a few years back…and still hanging out in the library…..a rooster that’s bigger than an Elephant!

 

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I thought I was cool because I found an Elephant scarf…But Cally Flickinger was wearing of the t-shirts I designed for Shelburne Farms….very cool.

Thanks to Cally, Traci and everyone at Champlain School for making author visits fun!…I had a wonderful day with the kindergarten and first grade classes at Chamberlin School in Vermont….tcp

 

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School visit with Allen Brook Elementary…

Letters from Ms. Herbert's 1st and 2nd graders

Letters from Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng's class.

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng’s class.

Yesterday…I had a great day visiting with 1st and 2nd grade students and teachers at Allen Brook School in Williston, VT….What a great school! Thank you Synergy and Harmony!

It was fun spending the day with you and having a conversation about books with such a great group of young authors and artists.

It was fun for me to be able to watch you create your own dummies! Your pigs were clearly having a blast flying over Vermont and beyond….into outer space….over castles…around New York City….and on and on.

Thank you to Mrs. Thing’s class for the signed picture with the wonderful drawings you made of the characters in my books!

Thank you to Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders for the lovely letters telling me what you learned from our time together.

Here is what I learned from what Ms. Herbert’s students learned:

FROM AVA:  “…you can get ideas from your family and friends”– Ava’s favorite book is THE HOWLING DOG

FROM LINDSEY: “…How it felt to be an author and illustrator….you can create stories from anything or anywhere…you create the cover last”–Lindsey’s favorite books–BOB & THE HOWLING DOG

FROM OWEN: “…thank you for teaching all that you know…your are the best writer and illustrator in the world. I know it takes a lot of work to do.”

FROM JAYDEN: “…you can draw anywhere.”–Owen’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM PARKER: “…the more you draw the better you get. You are a great author.”–Parker’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?–I also learned from Parker how to find Ms. Beeken, the art teacher..(who taught at my children’s school when they were young.) Thank you. I am sure I would have gotten lost–I have no sense of direction! 

FROM ANNA. A.: “…I like art too…” Anna’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM KARINA: “…learned a lot” Including, “… You create stories anytime, anywhere about anything….you practiced drawing on buses, on subways and anywhere!..” Karina’s favorite book–BOB–Favorite page–when the owl says “Whooo? Whooo? Whooo?”

FROM TARIK: “…loved reading BOB it was amusing and funny…that you use watercolor..” Tarik’s favorite book BOB

FROM PEYTON: “…to fill whole pages with details. I always create the cover last.”

FROM JULIA: “…that presentation out in the cafeteria was so wonderful…learned so much…like you can get stories from anywhere.” Julia is “writing a book about lady bugs and the little boy’s name is joe.”  Julia’s favorite book–BOB (which she has at her house)

FROM MONTANA: “…that you create stories for your books from anything or anywhere and you create your cover after you finished your book…” Montana’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM SLOANE: “…that you create stories from anywhere…that you fill the whole page with details…” Sloane’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM KEEGAN: “…create your cover last…” Keegan’s favorite book –BOB

FROM JADEN: “…you draw fast…liked learning a bout you…”

Thank you, again! It was a great day.

Keep reading, writing and drawing.

Mud season in Vermont is a perfect time to….

Grab some paper.

Fold it.

Staple it.

Pick up a pencil.

Make a book.

Read a book.

Have Fun!….tcp

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