Summer Reading – Famous Ceramic Children’s Book Characters
As temperatures rise across the United States, many children are spending long hours reading in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes. Public libraries across the country offer reading programs to connect kids with classics and, perhaps, discover a new favorite author. Children who love reading and art have the opportunity to combine their love of reading and bisque ceramics this summer by creating ceramic statues and busts, or even a painted vase, with their favorite fictional characters. .
Teaching the art of ceramics and a passion for reading can go hand in hand this summer. A favorite of children of all ages and nationalities is Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. Redhead, always unconventional, pigtails swaying wildly from side to side, Pippi is one of the brightest stars in children’s literature. On top of all her quirks, she has superhuman strength and has held her own among young male and female readers of all ages.
Fans of JK Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series can use Brent Pottery Wheels to create special pots to hold potential potions and imaginative spells. Readers can recreate the magic of reading novels by turning Harry, Hermione, Ron and other beloved characters into works of art. Some Harry-inspired artwork would also make great bookends to hold this prolific series.
The Ramona Quimby series written by Beverly Cleary is another classic children’s series that would make a great summer pottery project. Ramona is known for her free spirit and awkward antics around every corner. Sister pairs may want to make this a family project by creating Beezus, Ramona’s more serious sister, to share the bookshelf with little Ramona.
With guidance and help from their parents, young children can be inspired by The Berenstain Bears series written by Stan and Jan Berenstain. These bears take care of everything from a new baby, pets, a visit to the dentist, messy bedrooms and more. With so many books in the series, it’s a great way to showcase a personal collection of these much-loved books.
In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland there are talking rabbits, caterpillars and cats, red queens and tea parties with the Mad Hatter. The possibilities of clay are endless. As main character Alice says, “But then, will I ever get older than I am now? It will be a comfort, a way — never to be an old woman — but then — forever. have lessons to learn!” With books and art, there’s always plenty to learn and explore, no matter what your age.