Kids learn and want to express themselves in ways that go beyond the written word and educators know that paper and pencils can only go so far in gauging reading comprehension. In the NY Times article, Five Artists, Five Book Reviews, artists have created book reviews using a multitude of materials.
What is striking about the pieces and the accompanied blurbs is the evidence of deeper understanding, synthesis and exploration of the book they read. Passing this experience on to kids would enrich their reading comprehension and provide a unique avenue of expression.
By: Josie Watanabe, Seattle Public Library