Session Outline


Series Title: Lifelong Reading, sponsored by the BYU Humanities Center

Session Title: By Small & Simple Things: The Transformative Power of Children’s Literature for Adults

Presenter: Cherice Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Spanish Pedagogy, BYU

Session Description: Storytelling is a uniquely human activity with the capacity to touch the spirit and transform the soul. In this interactive session, participants will examine why stories captivate us, how they connect us, and the ways in which they challenge us to change. We will then explore concrete examples of how illustrated children’s literature can help address concerns common to adult life (including death, depression, forgiveness, personal and professional identity, relationships, and self-esteem). The session will conclude with a discussion of criteria for evaluating the quality and transformative potential of children’s books by international authors (annotated list provided).

1) Why are stories so captivating?

  • Every human has a story
  • Stories connect us to others and to the world, and invite our participation in “the human conversation”
  • Our participation in “the human conversation” changes how we see ourselves, our circumstances, and what we believe is possible

2) How can high quality children’s books help adults to address concerns common to adult life?

". . . the selection of a material or activity is also the selection of an array of forces that will influence how [we] will be challenged to think…" (Elliot Eisner, 2002, p. 13).

  • Many children’s books are written for a dual audience (children & adults)
  • Like the parables the Savior used for teaching, high quality children’s literature has rich layers of meaning embedded within it (i.e., cultural heritage, political ideologies, social norms and behaviors, and spiritual truths) (Matthew 13:34)
  • Many illustrated children’s books offer profound insights into the challenges of adult life such as death, depression, forgiveness, personal and professional identity, relationships, and self-esteem

3) What criteria can we use to discern/select “the best books?”

“Nothing touches the soul but leaves its impress, and thus, little by little, we are fashioned into the image of all we have seen and heard, known and meditated; and if we learn to live with all that is fairest and purest and best, the love of it all will, in the end, become our very life.” Granville Klesier as quoted by Elder David B. Haight

  • We become what we consume. (D&C 88:118; Philippians 4:8; Articles of Faith 1:13)
  • The most powerful stories are aesthetically, culturally, conceptually, and linguistically rich. They are also cognitively challenging; emotionally engaging; socially satisfying; and spiritually strengthening (Cherice Montgomery).
  • High quality children’s books develop our understanding of profound truths in accessible ways (Alma 37:6) that expand our perspective, reframe our current concerns, challenge us to change, and provide us with the energy and resources we need for personal transformation.

Agenda for the Presentation



More PowerPoints coming soon!


Children's Book Lists



BatchelderAwardWinners1968-Present.JPG - A yearly award given for the "children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States"


ChildrensBookAwards.JPG - A list of English-language children's book awards from countries like Australia, England, and New Zealand, as well as the U.S.

DatabaseOfAwardWinningChildrensLiterature.jpg - Searchable database

InternationalLiteracyAssociation.JPG - Publishes yearly reading lists based on children's choices, teachers' choices, and young people's choices

OutsideInWorldLogo.JPG - An organization devoted to "exploring world literature and children's literature in translation"

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TheWorldThroughPictureBooks.JPG - A list of picture books in a variety of languages from countries around the world, selected by librarians


USBBY_Logo_1.jpg- Publishes a list of outstanding international books each year



Children's Literature Online



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Local Authors & Illustrators



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Music

Songs About Stories

Alice's Theme - Danny Elfman
Almost There - Michael W. Smith (Featuring Amy Grant)
Depende - Jarabe de Palo
Return to Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Fairy Tale Song - DeDe
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
We're All Mad - Natasha Bedingfield
What Are Words - Chris Medina
Words - Hawk Nelson
Write Your Story - Francesca Battistelli

Songs About Change, Faith, Hope, & Perseverance

Change the World - Eric Clapton
Firework - Katy Perry
Give Me Your Eyes - Brandon Heath
I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Let the Music Play - Chris August
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong United
Overcomer - Mandisa
Stand - Rascal Flatts
The Face of Christ - Chris Rice
Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer
Walk on the Water - Britt Nicole
What Faith Can Do - Kutless
You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) - Josh Groban



Quotes


"If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape“ Ray Bradbury

". . . the selection of a material or activity is also the selection of an array of forces that will influence how [we] will be challenged to think…" (Elliot Eisner, 2002, p. 13).

“Nothing touches the soul but leaves its impress, and thus, little by little, we are fashioned into the image of all we have seen and heard, known and meditated; and if we learn to live with all that is fairest and purest and best, the love of it all will, in the end, become our very life.” Granville Klesier as quoted by Elder David B. Haight

“Good children’s literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


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BK & Stussi, Erich. (2013, October 24). At any given moment, you have the power to say, “This is not how my story will end.” Flickr. Retrieved August 20, 2015, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/10448651626/ Used under a Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike License.

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BK & Goehring, David. (2014, August 15). Susan statham your life is your story. Write well. Edit often. Flickr. Retrieved August 20, 2015, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/14737883097/ Used under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial License.

Readings

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Scriptures


2 Nephi 9:28-29 - "When they are learned, they think they are wise"
Matthew 13:34 - Parables
D&C 88:118 - "Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom...seek learning, even by study and also by faith"
Philippians 4:8 - "Whatsoever things are true...think on these things"
Articles of Faith 1:13 - "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things"
Alma 37:6 - "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise"


Story Creation Tech Tools

LittleBirdTalesLogo.jpg - Very simple, easy-to-use interface allows you to upload or draw images, add text, record your voice, then play and even embed your story



Myths&LegendsHeader.gif - Read myths and legends, or create your own in multiple languages using these cool tools. Does require registration.

Storify.JPG - Electronic template for creating stories--allows linking to social media

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Storybird
- Select illustrations from real children's picture book illustrators, then use them to illustrate your own, original stories. Diacritical marks must be cut and pasted in (via Word, for example)


Storyjumper.JPG - Create and illustrate stories, save them, embed them, and share them. Student-created stories can be viewed in other languages such as French, Polish, and Spanish by clicking on the library link.


Videos from the Presentation


Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg - Set to music while child hands show how the pop-up flaps operate


Celia Commercial Book Trailer


Frederick by Leo Lionni


Giraffes Can't Dance (Animated by Scholastic)

Giraffes Can't Dance - With turn the page signals



I Hate Picture Books Book Trailer by Timothy Young


If You Love to Read (Rolling in the Deep Parody) - Watch on Viewpure


Little Zen Monkey Climbing (19 months old) via Rachel Lee Farmer - Used to introduce books about perseverance


Matt & Lily Auclair, Dallas Dance Exhibition 2013 - Used with the book Giraffes Can't Dance


Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer - A snippet


Only One You by Linda Kranz


Reading (Happy Song) - Watch on ViewPure


Robert Royston & Melissa Rutz West Coast Swing Grand Nationals 2009 - Used with the book Giraffes Can't Dance


Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Also, see this brief 37-second clip in which the author herself reads the final punch line from the book)


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Version with music, but illustrations and sound are not as clear as in the previous one)


Starry Night (Interactive Animation) - Used with In the Garden with Van Gogh


Stop & Hear the Music: Stradivarius Violinist Joshua Bell - DC Metro - Used with the book The Man with the Violin



Stories Convey Culture
- Less than 3% of all children's books produced in the world are translated into English. That makes it difficult for us as Americans to step outside of our own "boxes."

Stereotypes Flatten Experience - Tell about a time when someone "flattened your experience" by viewing or interpreting you through the lens of a stereotype.


Tell Me About Your Day Today - Not the best reading--the language is much more beautiful, but this does let you hear the whole book


The Dot by Peter Reynolds


The Empty Pot by Demi - An audio version of the book


The Fall of Freddie the Leaf - A beautiful, abstract reinterpretation of the picture book


The Matchbox Diary Book Trailer - Beautiful example of a well-designed book trailer


The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Stop Motion Video made by students from illustrations in the book)


The Noisy Paintbox Book Trailer - Don't be fooled by the fact that it begins in black and white!


The Three Questions based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, Written & Illustrated by Jon J. Muth



We Must Engage with Multiple Stories to Obtain a Complete Picture


Weeds Find a Way Book Trailer


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge


The Danger: When a Single Story Becomes the Only Story

The Danger of a Single Story: Chimamandie Achidie (Full TED Talk)



Dare to Wonder


You Are Special - Intro.


You Are Special - Punchinello Meets Eli, the Woodcarver