This new book The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life reminded me of all of that and all of the reasons I love Lois Ehlert. Of course I love her for her books--her books are amazing and they make me happy. But I also love her for the way she makes art and creativity so exciting for children. She is a mentor for this kind of a life in all that she does.
In The Scraps Book, Lois Ehlert shares her life as an artist. She shares it in a simple, yet profound way. She includes images from her book and photos from her childhood. She shares her process and the ways she gets ideas. She invites readers to live the life of an artist. And she makes it seem possible.
For me, this book seems like a perfect beginning of the year book--one that helps launch an amazing writing workshop. But it is also the perfect book to share anytime of the year. This week, I'll be sharing it with 2 of my students who are working on nonfiction pieces about art and drawing. I am sure it will make its way around the room quickly.
Now, I need to go find the rest of my Lois Ehlert books again!
The Hornbook just featured Five Questions for Lois Ehlert--a great interview!