:Mission Statement:To help teachers, librarians and parents use books about the arts to enhance children's literacy.
The arts present a perplexing problem. Individually, many adults and children know personally the satisfactions of being involved with the arts, either as participants or as audience. In addition, there is ample, convincing evidence of the arts' positive effects on seemly unrelated academic areas, such as reading and math.
Despite this, school boards and administrations nationwide are decimating funding for the arts as budgets shrink. Fewer and fewer children experience the arts in school settings. This blog attempts to be a resource so that teachers, librarians, and parents can cope with this challenge.
The blog is designed to reach three main target audiences:
• Teachers concerned about the arts as necessary in children’s education, can use this as a resource to select books for their class rooms.
• By recommending children’s books about the arts, librarians can help classroom teachers who are working in schools without art programs.
• Parents concerned about expanding their children’s experiences with the arts will find a variety of books here to enhance their children’s arts literacy.