Monday, April 30, 2012

Library Lily by Gillian Shields

Good day, dear reader friends.
One of the reasons I host this blog is because I believe reading is a grand adventure, and I wish to offer ideas on how to bring the make-believe into real life.

Without books, our lives are like a soup without salt. Bland.
But without living life, we would have no books. Because books are what mirrors our lives, our fears, our dreams and aspirations.

So today, I offer you Library Lily by Gillian Shields. Lily loves books and spends all her time with her nose in them. Until she meets a friend who hates books. This story is how they balance each other out and create a great friendship. Same as any reader or adventurer must balance fiction and reality.

Allow books to enrich your life, but don't stop living.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Library Lily
Author: Gillian Shields                                                              
Illustrator: Francesca Chessa

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (June 8, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 26 pages
Genre: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0802854018

Book Theme:
Reading, friendship, adventures in books and real life

Book Summary
Lily loves to read. She is fascinated by the stories in her books, and reads wherever she goes—through summer, autumn, winter, and spring. But one day, Lily meets a girl who hates reading. Milly invites Lily to have adventures of her own—outside the pages of a book. Together the two friends help each other discover the joy of both backyards and books—and find on the way that adventures are best with a friend along.

Activity Adventures:

Find a book that you enjoy and dress up like characters to act out the story, such as Red Riding Hood, or The Three Bears, ect.

Pick something unusual you have done recently and write a story about it, including drawing pictures or adding photos of your adventure. It can be something simple as a day at the park, going hiking, or any day that stands out from the rest.

If you enjoy non-fiction books. Think of ways you can take what you've read and apply it to your real life. Do you like to read about animals? Go exploring in your yard, as an example.

The possibilities are limitless.

Authors Arena

Gillian Shields was born and brought up in Yorkshire, in the north of England. As she grew up, she had two passions:books and theater. Gillian’s love of books led her to read English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. After university she studied acting in London. She then taught in a drama school, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, for several years, becoming Vice Principal. She recently taught English and Drama at Beechwood Sacred Heart, a girls’ boarding school.
Having children gave Gillian an excuse to carry on reading children’s books, as well as a motivation to write them. She has a son and a daughter, and is married to Brian, who works for the New York Times Media Group.

Illustrator: Francesca Chessa
Graduated in architecture, Francesca Chessa attended illustration courses by Aura Cesari and Stepan Zavrel.

Since 1997, she has received mentions and prizes in various international competitions and has taken part in various exhibitions.

In 1998 she received a mention at the "illustrator exhibition" at the Bologna Book Fair after which her drawings were exhibited in several museums in Japan and Taiwan. In 1999 she was selected at the Illustrator Competition for X anniversary for the "UN Convention about the children's right" in Milan.

 Some works of hers are in Unicef Postcard Collection 2005-2010 and into Sympathetic Keepsake Collection by Amnesty International.

She teaches drawing and color theory in educational workshops since 1999.

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