By now, you should all about our new project, The Art of Read Every Day. (If not, here's a quick recap: The Art of Read Every Day features artwork from 13 of our favorite children's book illustrators, along with free companion resources for classrooms. Each week we're highlighting one of the 13 illustrators, their artwork, and the accompanying resources on our social media channels.) Got it? Good.
This week, we're focusing on the fantastic Jeff Kinney! Kinney is the #1 bestselling creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has sold more than 85 million copies around the world. Know a reluctant reader? Send him or her Kinney's way; his work has been widely praised for its ability to turn struggling or resistant readers onto books.
"Dive into a good book" is the clever concept Kinney plays off of in his artwork for this project. I love that he fills a swimming pool full of books and kids reading—I think this one will definitely make kids of all ages laugh. Visit the site today and you'll find free resources for kids, including:
- Common Core-ready discussion guides (greades K-2 and 3-5)
- An interview with Jeff Kinney, where he speaks about some of his favorite books from his childhood, why he loves cartooning, and some fun facts about the Wimpy Kid series
- A video of Kinney reading aloud from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! And remember, all week long we'll be sharing these resources on our social media channels, so keep an eye out.
Original artwork by Jeff Kinney.