Tuesday, June 23, 2015

8 New Traditional Tales: Books to Anticipate

I have spent the last few months ensconced in making ebooks filled with instructional maps and plans focused on teaching traditional tales such as fables, fairy tales, myths, and epics in picture book and novel form. The stories these tales tell are impressive and the language is memorable.  I'll be releasing all of four ebooks in July and they will be downloadable through iTunes (for free!). Some is work I have composed across the last three years and much of it has been used in K-5 classrooms in Newark, NJ. The remainder is new and with a group of teachers we will be using these materials while teaching this year.  Of course, the teachers and children will be changing and adapting the instructional maps as they work.  


Given the ebook form, I'll update as we go along. Maps need not be static. 


In this post I want to highlight a few upcoming books I think you will treasure.  These are all original traditional tales and I have my eye on them as I think about upcoming books to create.


sample page spread from the book “The Hunter’s Promise”, written by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
from The Hunter's Promise. Illustration by Bill Farnsworth.


Bruchac, Joseph. (Sept., 2015). The Hunter's Promise: An Abenaki Tale.  Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales. 



from The Hare and the Hedgehog. Illustration by Jonas Lauströer. 

Grimm, The Brothers. (Sept., 2015). The Hare & the Hedgehog. Illustrated by Jonas Lauströer. Bargteheide: Minedition. 

sample spread from the book “Princess Rosie’s Rainbows”, by Bette Killion and Kim Jacobs
from Princess Rosie's Rainbows. Illustration by Kim Jacobs.

Killion, Bette. (October, 2015). Princess Rosie’s Rainbows. Illustrated by Kim Jacobs. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales. 


Sadako's Cranes cover image

Loske, Judith. (Sept., 2015). Sadako's Cranes.  Bargteheide: Minedition. 


Miyakoshi, Akiko. (August, 2015). The Tea Party in the Woods. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.


from Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph. Illustration by Leo Espinosa.
Rozier, Lucy Margaret. (Sept., 2015). Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa. New York: Schwartz & Wade. 

sample page spread from the book “The Green Musician”, written by Mahvash Shahegh and illustrated by Claire Ewart
from The Green Musician. Illustration by Claire Ewart. 

Shahegh, Mahvash. (August, 2015). The Green Musician. Illustrated by Claire Ewart. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales.

sample spread from the book “Whispers of the Wolf”, by Pauline Ts’o

from Whispers of the Wolf by Pauline Ts'o.
Ts’o, Pauline. (October, 2015). Whispers of the Wolf. Bloomington, IN: Wisdom Tales.



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