Last Sunday, children’s book author and illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson stopped by The Carle for a fun art activity, storytime and book signing. Here I am with Tracey and an example of a finished “Yum Yum Bug Mobile” we made in the Studio, inspired by her book Bob. You can find more fun activities related to Tracey’s books on her website, here.
Tracey started out by drawing examples of colorful, patterned flying bugs, and then worked one-on-one with guests to help them add their buggy drawings onto a mobile. As a base we used pieces of chip board prepunched with 6-8 holes, pipe cleaners, different colored wire and popsicle sticks to connect the mobile parts together.
Guests created so many different colorful mobile variations!
After the art activity in the Studio, Tracey read some of her books in the Reading Library, giving the audience an inside scoop on where she gets the ideas for her stories and where the names of her characters came from.
She brought along the dummy book for Bob, to show just how much work went into creating a picture book. You can see the entire book stretched out in the image below!
Next time you’re at the library or the book store, be sure to check out Tracey’s fabulous books!
Photo credits: Laurie Mills