Sunday, August 26, 2012

Author of the Month & Bucket

One of the things that I promised myself that I would do this year (I somehow did not have time to squeeze it in last year and I MISSED it) is Author of the Month.  I love how the children get excited about the Author of the Month and are really able to identify certain authors/illustrators by just hearing and looking at the books.  I have a fairly good collection of the certain authors that I like and am always "on the lookout" for more copies at garage sales, library sales and book orders.  I also go to the public library and clear their shelves of that particular author!  

Some of the authors that I have used in the past (and will use again) are listed below.  I have linked all of them to their websites.  There are often interviews and other fun things on the websites that will enhance your author studies!

I also decided that I would make a special place in the classroom for the monthly books.  In the past I have used a washtub or a basket but this year you will not have any doubt where they can be found! 

My lovely assistant Natalie holds up the "before" picture.  It is a metal tub that I bought at The Christmas Tree Shop years ago and holds (or used to hold) my magazines. 

I decided to paint it yellow.  Many of the baskets in my room are yellow.  It makes the long, cold winter seem sunnier!  Used Krylon....think that I like my Rustoleum better but it worked for this project.

Why is it that I thoght that this would work????   Never underestimate the power of PRIMER!

After 2 coats of Rustoleum 2x Primer, I was ready for the YELLOW!

I love the way it turned out. Very bright and cheery.  (My spraypaint table is a chunk of tile and plywood floor that came out of our dining room when we remodeled, I did not paint directly on the floor!)

Ta Da!!  Now all it needs is the books!  I wonder which author will be first?

Who are your favorite authors?

Bee the Change~


  1. I love this idea--and your bucket. Thank you for putting links up for all the authors. I know that takes extra time!

  2. So super bright and cute! Thanks for linking up:)))

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  3. oh I love this. My favorite authors are Kevin Henkes, Julia Cook and David Shannon

  4. I LOVE that tub, Lori. I forgot about Author of the Month last year, too. But you've definitely inspired me now :)

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  5. Very Cute! I love it.