Last week, school librarian Karen Bentall shared a wonderful photo of a BookSpeak display in the Oak Ridge Elementary School library in Arlington, VA. Wow! It’s beautiful! I asked if I could share this cool artwork here and if she could tell me a little more about it.
Here’s what Karen said:
Smart boards and white boards are common in schools today but when a ‘vintage’ chalk board came our way, we were inspired to use it to highlight seasonal poems that celebrate stories. Gareth’s illustrated interpretation of “Through the blizzard stories roam. They tiptoe bravely out, then home.” (Written in Snow) reminds us of library books venturing out in the hands of our students, returning hopefully having been read and loved.Thank you, Laura, for your poetry which sparked a chain of creativity that is reaching out to every one of our 802 students as they check out their library books. Thanks also to Gareth Bentall who donated his time to illustrate the chalk board. It catches the eye of every student, teacher and visitor to our busy library. Check out his illustrations at Garethtoons.tumblr.com.
Regular readers know I’m quite envious of visual artists. I wish I could create something like this. But it feels almost as good to have my words inspire an artist:>) [If you want to read the complete text of this short poem, click here.] Thanks, Karen Bentall, for tagging me on Twitter (I’m @LauraPSalas) and sharing your very cool library, and thank you to Gareth Bentall, for your beautiful art. I would love to see what other books have been featured. If I were a kid, I would be so excited to go to the library constantly and check for new art and fabulous books!