13 Jan 2013

Sunday Watching and Reading

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I came across the inspiring story of children’s author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka this week.

He shares the story of how he became a children’s author/illustrator, starting from his childhood. What I really appreciated about his story are all the individuals who had such a profound impact on him, because it went beyond families to many supportive teachers and even to a simple comment from a visiting author.

I came across this video via the TEDBlog, and so accompanying it was an equally interesting read in Krosoczka’s 10 picks for children’s books that will become classics. You can read it here. Some I recognize, and some I will definitely be checking out in the future.

Tomorrow on the blog I will list some of my favorite children’s books, so be sure to check that out as well.

06 Jan 2013

Sunday Watching

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Sunday is typically a day of rest for me. So, instead of me sharing something with you, I thought I would let some others do the talking.

One of my favorite Early Childhood researchers is Alison Gopnik. I read both The Scientist In The Crib and The Philosophical Baby and really enjoyed them. Not only is the information presented interesting and relevant to my work, but they are easy to read and understand, which makes both books appropriate for parents and caregivers as well as early childhood professionals. I was further delighted to discover she’s also a very engaging speaker, so I wanted to share this TED talk with you.

While browsing the TED site, I also came across this fascinating video of Annie Murphy Paul, who takes learning back even further by talking about what babies already know at birth. Learning starts in the womb, something I hadn’t really given a lot of thought to before, but I certainly am now.

Who are some of your favorite speakers/researchers? I’d love to know.