Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Learning Fun

Cooped Up in the Car on a Long Summer Trip?
Play a Progressive Story Game!

Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and camp counselors! When you are looking for fun and FREE summer entertainment with your kids, gather everyone around and play a progressive story game. Whether you are cooped up in the car on a long road trip, banished to the basement on a rainy afternoon, or sitting around the campfire on a cool evening, kids of all ages will enjoy testing their imaginations while creating their own  progressive story.

Be prepared to ignite some summer fun with the following information and instructions on how to get started from the NCBLA:

For inspiration to kids of all ages, check out the episodic story game The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game just like the one many families play on road trips, at camps, at parties, at home when there is a power outage. It is a game where one person begins a story, stops at a cliffhanging moment, and the next person picks it up, continuing on until everyone in the group has the opportunity to contribute. And just like in those games, in The Exquisite Corpse, characters spontaneously erupt out of our authors’ imaginations; plot lines tumble forth, some realized, some lost; and we are often poised at the edge of a cliff with no logical solution in sight!

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure appeals to a wide range of kids because it was created by some of their very favorite authors and illustrators: M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Dusen.

To help kids engage in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, be sure to check out the coordinating educational support materials in the NCBLA’s Exquisite Corpse Adventure Education Resource Center. Overflowing with supplemental articles, activities, reading lists, art activities, discussion questions, and more, the Education Resource Center is designed for moms and dads, teachers and librarians, grandparents and guardians—all adults who live and work with young people and have a vested interest in helping kids read more, write better, and create stories and art that expand all of our universes.
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is available in both paperback and hardcover. It is also available on audio. Ask for it at your local library of bookstore!
To buy The Exquisite Corpse Adventure from the bookseller of your choice, click here.