Today I discovered a website that will greatly enrich my experience in English 295. It's even going to enrich my life. Picturebookreport.com demonstrates everything we're learning about the evolution of the consumption of books, and it particularly addresses how we create based on our interactions with text. In a very brief nutshell, the Picture Book Report is a collaborative effort of fifteen illustrators to craft artwork as a response to their favorite works of literature and then share them online. Meg Hunt, the leader of the effort, calls the project, "an extended love-song to books."
When I saw that one illustrator, Israel Sanchez, had crafted art for Where the Red Fern Grows, I felt as though I had struck gold. When I saw that the art was beautiful, I was overjoyed. This is exactly what I have been looking for.
I'm sure I will have many posts that result from this wonderful discovery. Below is an e-mail I sent to Meg Hunt. I will soon contact Israel Sanchez to ask his permission to share some of his work directly on my blog. Until then, I encourage you to visit his page on the Picture Book Report website.