Megan is a reviewer and contributor to the Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews and a Senior Lecturer in Children's Literature at Simmons University. Her books for children and adults include A Crow of His Own, (a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book), Real Sisters Pretend, and Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, which introduces her inquiry-based, dialogic Whole Book Approach to storytime. All of Megan's work in children's literature is informed by her experience as a mother of seven children, ages 1 to 21, in a multiracial, queer, adoptive, blended family.
This program introduced participants to tools from the Whole Book Approach, a co-constructive (interactive) method of sharing picture books with children, which educator and children’s literature expert Megan Dowd Lambert developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She talked about how using the Whole Book Approach can support kids’ critical engagement with picture book representations of race, gender, class, and other elements of identity. Participants gained insight into how to guide children to picture books with positive representations and counterstories, while also supporting them in resisting or reading against problematic content.
Refreshments were be provided by Webster's Bookstore Cafe.
For a re-cap of the online discussion, visit #WholeBookApproach and the Twitter Moment we created for your convenience.
Learn more about Megan Lambert on her personal website.
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