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Monday, September 11, 2017


Of course, I have a song to help children identify the author and illustrator of a book.

Hi Ho Libario (Tune:  “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The author writes the book.
The author writes the book.
Hi ho librario
The author writes the book.

The illustrator draws the pictures…

The publisher makes the book…

The parts of a book...
Hi ho librario, we know the parts of a book.

Class Books 
Make class books and include a page for the children to sign their names as authors, illustrators, or authors and illustrators. Include a copyright date and the school as the publisher. Don’t forget a title page and “The End.” You might also want to add a page for “comments” and let children take the book home to share with their families. You could even add a dedication or an ISBN number!

Blank Books 
When children make individual books encourage them to include the author, illustrator, date, publisher, etc.

Author/Illustrator Party 
Invite children to write and illustrate original stories. You could integrate computer skills and editing in the process. Plan a party where each child can share her book and read a page to the audience. You could invite families or another class to your party. Let children make invitations, plan refreshments, etc.

Author Study 
Keep a basket in your classroom library for a variety of books by a specific author. Compare the different books that she writes. How are they alike? How are they different? Do an internet search to find out more about children’s favorite authors.

Skype an Author 
Go to or to discover how to connect with an author.