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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 3

Published on July 13, 2016

Day 3 was a success – the week is flying by! In the morning, we performed some scenes on stage in the big Sharp theater, inspired by our zoo visit yesterday. We teamed up to take on different roles (the human or the animal) in our short dialogues. There were some pretty silly scenes with talking snow monkeys and sea lions!


Performing zoo inspired skits!

After our theater skits, we went back down to the studio to meet Peter Brown. He told us all about his growth as a young artist and his initial interest in animation. Eventually, though, he realized he wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. Peter told us that one of his picture books, My Curious Garden, inspired him to write his first novel, The Wild Robot. He showed us many sketches of characters and scenes from his books – it was so cool to see what happened behind the scenes!

discussing The Wild Robot


Behind the scenes!

After a discussion about the sequel to The Wild Robot (almost every camper had a well-reasoned, wildly interesting theory about what happens to Roz the robot!) Peter led a drawing demonstration with everyone. He gave us a step by step tutorial about how to draw Roz running through the forest, and perhaps unsurprisingly, everyone had a slightly different interpretation of the scene.

drawing demo

showing us how to draw Roz

After a book signing and author photo…

group photo!

…we had a nice, long, luxurious lunch time spent in Riverside Park. It was such a beautiful day!

After lunch we had an hour of Choice – meaning campers could choose to read or write quietly, play board games, or play some theater and improv games. There was a pretty even distribution of campers in each activity.

Choice - theater games!

At the end of the day, we all made our very own illustrated poster. The only requirement was to fill in the end of this sentence: ‘When I read I…” Every poster was colorful, unique, and sometimes even surprising! We hung them up in the classroom so everyone will be able to see each other’s work tomorrow.

"when I read I..." poster drawings

Can’t wait to meet Laura Marx Fitzgerald tomorrow! We’ll be taking a trip to the Frick Museum to further explore Laura’s book, The Gallery. 


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