CLiF would like to introduce (or re-introduce) you to Liza Woodruff of Charlotte, VT. Liza illustrated many books before her book Emerson Barks in 2016; this was the first where she was author AND illustrator.
CLiF is so excited Liza wanted to share her newest picture book Once Upon a Winter Day with young readers and writers and artists as part of World Read Aloud Day 2022.
Things to think about:
- What would be your ideal day?
- Where would you look for a story idea?
- How much do stories draw on the author’s own life or experiences or the things they love?
- Would you start a story with words or a picture?
- How is writing songs similar and different to writing poems or stories?
Here are a few ways to get to know Liza’s work better:
- Learn more about what inspires Liza
- See Liza’s studio and learn more about Emerson Barks in this interview
- Look at some of Liza’s art and sketches – what can you learn about her as an illustrator?
- Find fun activities connected to A Quieter Story
- Hear Ten on a Sled read to you
CLiF has created literacy activities for students of all ages here. Here are some that would go nicely with Liza’s work:
For younger kids:
- Reading with an Animal – don’t miss the books Tails from an Animal Shelter illustrated by Liza
- Step into a Book – put yourself as the character in Once Upon a Winter Day; what would your adventure be?
For older kids:
- Mind mapping – see Liza’s example
- Wagon Wheel – tell a story together
- Get Out! – find inspiration outside
- The Creature in Me – what animals would your family be?