Monday, September 24, 2012

NOW on READ.GOV! Fun Story Game for Kids of All Ages Penned by Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Jack Gantos, and MORE!

Share The Exquisite Corpse Adventure with Young People
A Rollicking, Progressive Story Game Played by
20 Celebrated Authors and Illustrators and Just Re-released on READ.GOV!

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 contributors include some of America's most gifted 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.

Chris Van Dusen's Illustration for Episode 1
Copyright (c) 2009
Originally published on Read.Gov as part of a national reading and writing initiative created by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is now available for your reading and listening pleasure for a second exclusive engagement on Read.Gov. Episode 1, written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, is now online. Two new episodes will be published each Friday until the story ends!

To read or listen to Episode 1, click here
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is available in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press. It is also available on audio.  

Extensive Online Education Support Materials Available!
Add to the educational journey using the NCBLA's treasure trove of online educational support materials for
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on the Exquisite Corpse Adventure Education Resource Center. Overflowing with supplemental articles, classroom 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 Education Resource Center provides three categories of content:
* General interest articles explain the history of the Exquisite Corpse art form and how it is played, provide instructions for playing progressive story games, and offer tips for parents to encourage reading in their homes.
* Episodic materials include links to author and illustrator biographical information, annotated lists of recommended reading (thematically linked to each episode!), classroom activities, art activities, and discussion questions—provided and customized for each Exquisite Corpse episode.
* Literacy resources include authoritative articles on reading and writing from the NCBLA and other literacy experts, links to informative websites and blogs dedicated to literature and literacy, and links to Exquisite Corpse Adventure contributors’ websites and video discussions.
AND, on, you can find The Exquisite Prompt: Classroom Writing Resources, a set of writing challenges designed as a classroom activity for kids in grades K-12. Writing prompts are inspired by the celebrated authors and illustrators who participated in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Using Reading Rockets' creative prompts, you can invite kids to make their own maps, write their own hero stories and myths, and even explore their dramatic sides by penning a play!

To buy The Exquisite Corpse Adventure from the bookseller of your choice, click here.