Here is an easy way to start up an Author of the Month/Author Study.
Step 1. Collect books by great authors.
Step 2. Copy and laminate your covers. I scanned them into my computer and printed them out. Don't
have a color printer? Take them into Kinko's and copy them there :)
Step 3. Put your bulletin board together and add a title. I used my Cricut to create mine.
Step 4. Display some of the books you will be reading by your author wall.
Step 5. Read the books with your kids.
Here is my bulletin board:
He suggested I leave the cover blank and switch out the covers to match my author studies. Wow! An interactive painting?! I never would have thought of that :) I am so excited to see my kids' reaction when the covers change and I'm especially excited to see what they think about Pigeon reading the same books as us! I think it's going to bring our author of the month/author studies to a whole new level. To create these little covers I simply reduced the pictures I printed for my bulletin board to fit into the book cover.
Things I've noticed since beginning author of the month/author studies:
*Children become familiar with an author's work/illustrator's work and can identify new books by that author/illustrator independently.
*Children become interested in reading more books by the same author.
*They will begin writing about their favorite characters in writer's workshop.
*They use the bulletin board to write about the books that have not been read yet.
* They have conversations about books and authors with other children! Many will even give recommendations to each other!
Reading our new book by our author of the month is one of the most anticipated times of the day for my class. I hope you found these ideas helpful to start up an author study in your classroom :)
If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider following me on Instagram where I share lots of tips and ideas for the primary classroom :)
For more bright ideas from more than 70 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thank you so much for stopping by!