Using the Whole Book Approach to Support Children's Critical Engagement with Picture Books
Join the Center for Education and Civil Rights, the Child Care Center at Hort Woods, and the Latinx Law Student Association for a webinar featuring Megan Dowd Lambert.
Megan is a reviewer and contributor to the Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews and a Senior Lecturer in Children's Literature at Simmons University. Her books for children and adults include A Crow of His Own, (a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book), Real Sisters Pretend, and Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, which introduces her inquiry-‐based, dialogic Whole Book Approach to storytime. All of Megan's work in children's literature is informed by her experience as a mother of seven children, ages 1 to 21, in a multiracial, queer, adoptive, blended family.
This program will introduce participants to tools from the Whole Book Approach, a co-‐constructive (interactive) method of sharing picture books with children, which educator and children’s literature expert Megan Dowd Lambert developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She will talk about how using the Whole Book Approach can support kids’ critical engagement with picture book representations of race, gender, class, and other elements of identity. Participants will gain insight into how to guide children to picture books with positive representations and counterstories, while also supporting them in resisting or reading against problematic content.