We are beginning to think about a new genre of writing, narrative fiction. The children were rightly proud of all the forms of writing and book making they have created: poetry, illustrations and personal narrative.
Each month we take inspiration from other authors. This month we have chosen Leo Lionni. We have guided the children through a series of mini-lessons about what authors do to make their books interesting.
The children noted that Leo Lionni:
- Uses illustrations such as think bubbles,repeating images, white space and cutting off an image.
- Some pages have few words and some have lots of words.
- The print is organized differently on each page.
- Each book has a good idea and a great story.
About Leo Lionni Why Leo writes animal books, Leo’s inspiration
“From time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge.”—Leo Lionni
Lionni started to write children’s books in 1959. He was on a train journey where he wanted to entertain his grandchildren. This turned into a new career. He said it wasn’t always easy to get ideas but these are some of his ideas:
- Picking a strong hero to begin with.
- Starting with the end and making a suprise beginning
- Pick a conflict or a big problem.
- Doing a drawing which turns into a story
- Sometimes words come into your mind and make a title.