Monday, February 1, 2010

Megan McDonald Pens Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
Episode 10 LIVE Now on Read.Gov

In the latest episode of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure our twin heroes Nancy and Joe are engaged by a disembodied voice...and they must answer its riddle before the voice will show itself! Can you answer the riddle? Do you recognize its source?

Read the episode titled "Wolf at the Door," written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by James Ransome, now on Read.Gov!

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a reading and writing outreach project jointly sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the NCBLA. Created by a dream team of eighteen award-winning authors and illustrators, a new episode is published every two weeks. The NCBLA has created an extensive educational resource center in conjunction with the talented professors and staff at the Butler Children's Literature Center at Dominican University to help parents, teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers maximize the educational opportunities presented by The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

Learn more about the history of riddles and how to write your own in this episode's Classroom Activity. And inspire the young people in your life to learn more about the art technique chiaroscuro using this episode's Talk Art! article, which highlights the backlighting techniques of illustrator James Ransome and Chris Van Dusen.

Episode 10 author Megan McDonald is the author of the critically acclaimed Judy Moody series that has won numerous awards, including Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year and the International Reading Association Children’s Choice Award. Pretending to be a pencil sharpener was her first experience as a writer, and she wrote the story for her school newspaper when she was 10. Her newest book is The Rule of Three (2009), which is a Sisters Club story about the Acton family’s three sisters, all of whom are actors. McDonald lives in California.

Learn more about Megan McDonald at her website. Also, check out her video interview on Reading Rockets.

Episode 10 illustrator
James Ransome has been named by The Children's Book Council as one of seventy-five authors and illustrators everyone should know. Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book, The Creation. He has also received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for Uncle Jed's Barbershop, which was selected as an ALA Notable Book and is currently being shown as a feature on Reading Rainbow. How Many Stars in the Sky? and Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt were also Reading Rainbow selections.

Learn more about James Ransome and his books on his website.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episode Ten Illustration © James Ransome 2009