Tuesday, April 2, 2013

International Children's Book Day & Maria Sibylla Merian

International Children's Book Day

Today it is a very special day! International Children's Book Day! It is a wonderful day for teachers who love to read in the classroom and for students who love read new books! 

I love books,  I love children books, I love reading, I love reading in my lessons.

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire the love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. ICBD decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster.  

The United States is the sponsor country 2013! The theme is "Bookjoy around the World"Ashley Bryan is the poster designer, Pat Mora  wrote the message that can be read here.

You remember! Mexico was the sponsor country 2012! The theme was "Once upon a time, there was a story that the whole world told", Juan Gedovius was the poster designer, Francisco Hinojosa wrote the message (Spanish).

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books.

The winners of the 2012 Awards were announced by IBBY at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2012.

But Bologna 2013 celebrated its 50th anniversary last March 25-28. Congratulations! It's the best Children Books Fair from Europe.

«The "rights" place for children's content»

To mark the 50th anniversary Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2013, Bologna Fiere and AIE - Italian Publishers Association will be launching a new initiative to pay tribute to excellence in the world of children’s publishing: "BOP - Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the year."

Planeta Tangerina
Best children's book publisher

And Portugal has been honoured as "Best Children’s Publishers of 2013" for Europe with Portuguese children's publisher "Planeta Tangerina".

Planeta Tangerina is a well known children books publisher by all Portuguese educators and educators of the world.

Oh! But April 2, 2013 has another awesome event! Google celebrates the 366th brithday of Maria Sibylla Merian with a beautiful Doodle featuring various forms of small wildlife – butterflies, caterpillars, a lizard, and more.

Google Doodle Maria Sibylla Merian's 366th Birthday

German-born Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was one of the greatest naturalist and scientific illustrator.
From childhood she had been fascinated by the life cycles of butterflies, and she made a close study of their transformations. She became a flower-painter and teacher in Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Maria Sibylla Merian

Her works on insect development and the transformation of insects through the process of metamorphosis contributed to the advance of entomology in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
As a botanical artist, Merian published three collections of plant engraving from 1675 to 1680. 
Maria Sibylla Merian also drew other species such as snakes, iguanas, spiders, and frogs – and these drawings are still highly collectible.

Maria Sibylla Merian
She died in 1717 after suffering a stroke a couple of years earlier. Erucarum Ortus Alimentum et Paradoxa Metamorphosis, a collection of her work, was published later by her daughter. 

MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). 
Erucarum ortus, alimentum et paradoxa metamorphosis
Amsterdam: Johannes Oosterwijk, [1718].


You know me!  I am a huge fan of reading at school. And I don't miss a good resource to introduce in every day lesson!

Today, we are very lucky! We have two fantastic events to share with our students! 

But first, let's talk about Reading: 

As educators, we have an ubiquitous responsabilité to encourage the love of reading in our students by exploring this wonderful and magical resource in our lessons, in formal and informal learning.

Of course, today is the fay of reading by pleasure! Let your students read what they like the most. There are two reasons for this:

  • One is benefiting those readers in your classroom that wish to read from you and need to let them be free. 
  • Secondly, it is so you can reap the exponential rewards their choices offers. 

By inviting your students to bring a book or e-book from home or go at the school library to choose a book/e-book to read aloud in the classroom will let them completely free and happy! Students like to be active in the classroom. 

International Children's Book Day is a fantastic motivation to tell and experiment with our students how reading can be a gift by stimulating the imagination and "offering creative solutions to obstacles that we will find along the way."

The love for books and reading are awesome moments in Languages curricula (in the classroom, online).

Students become better readers when their teachers love books and love to read. I can assure you. It's a 'transmissible' pleasure! Even for those students that at the beginning are poor readers. 

Reading has a curative power. And helps to spot 'problem behaviour' and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Believe me!

Maria Sibylla Merian
Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium

But we can enriched International Children's Book introducing Maria Sibylla Merian as a different kind of reading. Discovering the beauty if science by heer beautiful painting books.

We don't read only Literature and Poetry in Languages curriculum. We read different kind of texts. And reading about Science and Botanic will improve students reading skills to understand better science curriculum. 

Jean-Jacques Audubon, it means something to you on my blog? Or Ada LovelaceOf course! 

So, put your students on their tablets or smartphones, and let them discover Maria Sibylla Merian.

  • Invite the students to  find Google letters on the Doodle.
  • They can read about Merian's life, and explore highlights of her work.
  • Girls will be delighted to know another woman in Science! 

Curricula: Languages; Sciences; Arts.

Level: All levels (each educator will adapte activities for the level they teach) 


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Resources for Teachers:

Maria Sibylla Merian, die Frau vom 500-Mark-Schein (German)

Maria Sibylla Merian, Amazing Rare Things
Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science (beautiful slideshare that students can open in a new browser)

Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators from the 17th to 21st Century

Books by Maria Sibylla Merian | Amazon (students can look inside online)

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