Preschool Author Study
Even little children can understand that words make a story. Your Preschool Author Study can be great fun. Young children can even be authors! Learning about authors can be fun even for preschoolers. Head to the library if your school doesn’t have a large collection and bring back as many books by your chosen author. Read them all! Choose one or two of the books to focus on and bring to the other areas of your room with flannel stories, art projects, and science experiences that relate to the book.
The topics of books chosen to highlight for this article is arctic animals. You might choose to do an author study as a secondary theme. Check out our arctic theme here.
The first Author we study is Jan Brett. She has a wonderful website that accompanies her many children’s books. Her illustrations are from a time gone by yet somehow timeless. By the time we’re doing our author study we’ve read several of her book with our preschoolers. We’ve been explaining to the preschoolers all year, every time we read a book, who an author/illustrator is. Now we’re going to show them.
For this post we’ll discuss her book The Three Snow Bears.
The book is a twist on the traditional Goldilocks And The Tree Bears story. It’s beautifully illustrated in Jan’s style. Read both stories and do a little comparison on chart paper.
We have a few different ways the children can tell and retell the story available to the children during our author study. There’s polar bears, an igloo, and a few Eskimo dolls to re-enact the story with. We also have a flannel board story for the children to use. Of course all of Brett’s books that we own are on our book shelf for the children during our study.
The next author’s work has been a staple with parents, teachers and kids for more than 50 years. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was released in 1965! A great way to introduce Eric Carle to your kiddos is to watch the video The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse or 40 Years Of The Hungry Caterpillar
For this post we’ll discuss Carle’s Book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear can be a part a week long author study or a study of article animals. Take a look at how we look at the arctic. We have pleantiful real snow to play in but for those who can only pretend there’s DIY Sparkly Fake Snow. Flannel stories, books on tape (cd) are great ways to introduce literature to young children.
The books children author can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.
Teachers can help children become authors by dictating their story onto paper and binding the story into a book. I just plop down next to my preschoolers with their journal in hand and say “ Tell my your story.” They usually have at least something to say. Sometimes they go on and on! Below are a few examples of story prompts to get you started.
Childrens own books can be elaborate or as simple as a few pages of paper stapled together.
Scholastic has a great page called Story Starters. They have something for every age group and 4 different fun categories like Sifi and Fantasy. The page is very easy to use with young children.
A cute site to visit for writing ideas is Look! We’re Learning This is actually a homeschool blog but this could be applied to preschoolers.
Another great site for this was found on thehandcraftedstory.com. There you’ll find a cute game designed for around the dinner table but could easily be used in small groups at preschool. She has an Etsy.com
I’ve only highlighted two authors here but you get the idea. Introducing authors to young children may just inspire our next Jan Brett, Eric Carle, or Steven King! lol