Congratulations to Sandra F. Coliny! You won the copy of BIG TUNE from Alliah Agostini! You're going to LOVE it! So fun and full of rhythm and rhyme -- sure to have you ready to "bust a move"! Enjoy! Thanks, Alliah, for your generosity and thanks, Sandra for tuning in!
Ashley Belote and I chat art, music, and more!
Ashley is a delight and we had a a GREAT conversation! Come on in and join us as we chat! Her book, LISTEN UP LOUELLA is precious! It's so full of fun, so don't skip it!
LISTEN UP LOUELLA
LOUELLA is an elephant -- with a big personality! She gets her feelings hurt when she gets left out, but in the end she realizes that much of it is in her control. She learns the power of being a good listener and a good friend after quite a few MISadventures. Music shows up in a few places in this super fun summer camp story, and when it does, it adds to the color and fun of the book! The illustrations and colors are full of camp fun, and this cast of characters will make you wish for summer days again! LouElla is relatable for kids, and this story has an SEL component that will have kids learning as they're laughing.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
While this song doesn't talk specifically about listening, it does talk about friendship and it has the colorful summer camp vibe of LISTEN UP, LOUELLA. It's got a great beat if you'd like to use it in music class. Check out the playlist for more fun music to use in your classroom. And take a look at the tips for the classroom and music classroom for more fun things to do with this book in your classes.
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Ashley's book is full of great topics for teachers and there are many ways to use it in your classroom! It's full of great layers and a super-strong SEL connection! If I were using it in the regular classroom, here are some ways I would consider:
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
While the music content is not as prominent in this story as some of the others I've featured on PBJamz, there are lots of ways you could integrate this book into a successful music lesson or even a unit.
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing/Illustrating Tips from Ashley
1. Let your environment do the talking! Always keep an open mind, wherever you are. Ideas can strike when you least expect them! Always have a notebook around (especially if you're an illustrator), because you'll need somewhere to jot down ideas!
2. Don't edit yourself in your head. Sometimes we think of an idea and immediately say, "That won't work." This is not the right way to create. We must always give our ideas a chance. Yes, they could turn out to be amazing, but sometimes they can lead to other ideas. Regardless of what path they take, they are working toward your success.
3. Exaggerate. When actors are on stage, they are often told to make their movements more exaggerated than they would normally because part of acting is exaggerating. Art is the same way. If you are drawing a character reaching up to get something, exaggerate it more. Stretch the arms longer, squish objects to the point of them breaking, elongate things, twist, turn, etc! Every time I make a drawing, I revise and exaggerate the movement just a bit more and it always makes me feel better. We need to create energetic, active, and entertaining scenes, and one way to do this is through the linework in our art.
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Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
Pinterest board with lots of fun links to resources and activities to go along with LISTEN UP LOUELLA
YouTube playlist with camp songs, listening songs/activities, read-aloud and art activity from Ashley and more!
Activity kit to go along with LISTEN UP LOUELLA -- Earn Roar Scout badges, color, draw, go on a scavenger hunt and more!
A perfect camp snack or breakfast, these PBJ granola bars are easy to whip up, simple to serve and a perfect summer PBJ recipe!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Ashley Belote is the illustrator of FRANKENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021) and VALENSLIME (Feiwel & Friends, 2021). She is the author-illustrator of her solo debut early reader THE ME TREE (Penguin Workshop, 2021) and her solo debut picture book LISTEN UP, LOUELLA (Feiwel & Friends, 2022).
She studied traditional animation under the direction of Don Bluth. Ashley is a West Virginia native, and earned her BA from Alderson Broaddus University. She earned her MA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. Her graduate study included a children’s literature and illustration course, The Whole Book Approach, through Simmons College at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Carolinas chapter of SCBWI. Ashley is represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary Agency.
Check out her links below:
If you'd like to order signed copies of Ashley's books, order through Main Street Books in Davidson, NC.
Speaking of books, Ashley is giving away a signed copy of LISTEN UP, LOUELLA. Simply comment below to be entered into a drawing to win!
This page is the official space for PBJamz -- multimedia Jamorama celebrating all things PB (picture books) and Jamz (music), although we'll indulge in the other PBJ snacks where appropriate :-). Join us each Thursday for new content connecting picture books and music!