Sunnyvale Middle School – Bookmaking Workshop

On January 25, 2012 students and parents had an opportunity to learn, hands on, the process of imagining, planning and creating a book via a 90-minute workshop conducted by authors Hans and Jennifer Hartvickson, creators of “Mister Lemur’s Train of Thought”. Designed to teach teamwork, time-management, communication and critical thinking, the evening workshop was fun and collaborative for students and their parents.

The Mister Lemur workshop began with a challenge: to conceive of and create an 8-page mini-book within the allocated 90 minutes. Given the timeline, teamwork was critical! Hans and Jennifer helped teams assign roles (time-keeper, materials coordinator, reporter, and coach) and make a plan. After a fun brainstorming exercise that yielded the storyline, teams went to work; writers met with Hans to review plot and meter while artists sayed with Jen to discuss layout and design. With newfound knowledge in-hand, teams reunited for the final 30 minutes to create their mini-book. The workshop conclued with a “book fair” as the newly created books were put on display for all to see.

Click on the links below to read the witty and imaginative books created during the workshop.

All in the Day of a Spartan
The Stinky Cat
A Magical, Mysterious Tour!
A Day at the Beach

Thanks to all who participated! Remember…keep writing and think beyond the book!