Jena Ball, author of the children’s CritterKin Book Series, is taking the way kids read and interact with her stories and characters to a whole new level. As part of the “CritterKin Be Kind” project, Ball has been working with 43 third graders from Bellevue Elementary School’s summer reading program, not only fostering literacy in children, but also imagination by taking her books and turning the themes into a tangible expressions of kindness called the “CritterKin Kindness Quilt.”
During the three week program, Ball has helped these children to experience, learn about, and use kindness. Not only did the kids have read an entire book, they also created three versions of a ”CritterKin Kindness Quilt” (paper, fabric and digital) while blogging and writing poetry about their adventures, as well. In a grand finale today, the children will be performing the last chapter of the book as a play . The play will be open not only to the local Bellevue, Nebraska community, but to the entire world as well. Since technology has played a huge roll in the project, the play will actually be mass broadcast for anyone to tune into on a custom Google Hangout.
We sincerely applaud all of the effort that has gone into this initiative and hope that you will consider joining for what promises to be a wonderful, giggle filled celebration of 43 terrific kids and their work:
WHEN: Friday, June 20th at 1:30 pm (CST)
Google Hangout: Visit this Google+ Page for the link: https://plus.google.com/events/chst5ksdn7b5iv1rn6eb3be21to
To learn more about the book, Lead With Your Heart, that inspired the program and the play, please visit the CritterKin books page: http://wp.me/P37dkL-kp-0p
To see how you can start your own “CritterKin Be Kind” project, visit the CritterKin “Be Kind” page: http://wp.me/P37dkL-bO
Meg Crawford writes for the Lulu Blog – Archived