Art and reading go hand in hand! Be an Art-RAGEOUS Reader this summer!
This summer as the Chicago Public Library celebrates art in every child’s life, here are ways to ‘draw’ art and reading into your family’s summer fun:
- Create a special ‘art report’ about the book art in your summer reads this year.
- Take paper and pencils outside with you or take along on your next family outing and stop and have an ‘art break’.
- Look at the art in children’s books and discuss it. Can you imagine it hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago?
- Next time you visit the Art Institute be sure to stop in the Ryan Education Center to cuddle up with a picture book or see an exhibit of original children’s book illustration. What a great way to discuss the art in children’s books.
- Draw a picture of a favorite character in a book. What do you know about this character just from the picture your child draws?
- Seek out art in your community—many of our Chicago Public Libraries have special collections of public art—can you find art in your neighborhood library.
- And, of course, be sure to have a Chicago Public Library card so you can check out more great books about art, drawing and creating.
- Recycle and create! Take a brown grocery bag, cut it open and lay it flat and then cover a book out of it. Your kids can then artistically decorate the cover…remember doing that when you were a kid?
Creating a City of Readers is everyone’s responsibility. Here’s how to begin:
- Get a library card and use it.
- Read aloud with a child for twenty minutes a day.
- Have books in your home.
- Get caught in the act of reading.