Teaching the Untouchable: Rare Books Education in Elementary School Classrooms

We are pleased to share that Dr. Dana Sheridan, Cotsen’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, recently published a paper about her wonderful program: Cotsen in the Classroom. For this program, Dr. Dana brings collections education to New Jersey elementary schools. Over the past 7 years, Dr. Dana has presented collections material in an engaging hands-on environment to over 14,000 children!vellum

Teaching the untouchable: Rare books education in elementary school classrooms, asks the question: can rare books and children mix? And emphatically answers yes!

For the original article, see the November 2014 issue of College and Research Library News (Vol. 75. No. 10): “Teaching the Untouchable.”

For Dr. Dana’s post on her own outreach blog (complete with more links to related material) see: Pop Goes the Page: Teaching the Untouchable.

 

Moby-Dick Board Books

Did you ever think that Moby-Dick was too long and didn’t have enough pictures?

Well, you’re not alone! Below are two board books which adapt the classic American  novel to be more palatable for toddlers and lovers of concision and unique illustrations.

First, Moby-Dick, an Ocean Primer by Jennifer Adams, with art by Alison Oliver (Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, 2013). Though not exactly a linear text, the book serves to introduce toddlers to nautical words and themes (as well as some choice quotes from the novel) through striking orange and blue illustrations.

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Cover, item no. 6975294

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But if you’re looking for even fewer words and even more unique illustrations then Moby Dick, by the twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang, might be for you (Vancouver : Simply Read Books, 2012). This board book economically sums up Moby-Dick in only 12 words. Each word, however, is accompanied by its own needle-felted illustration. This feature makes this book (and the other classic titles in the authors’ series Cozy Classics) really stand out.

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cover, item no. 6975244

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