National Doodle Day: Thursday, May 12

Do you love to doodle?

Tomorrow, May 12, publishers Albert Whitman & Company, Chronicle Books, Gibbs Smith Publishers, and Running Press, along with authors/illustrators Daniel Pinkwater, Neil Gaiman, Eric Carle, Mo Willems, and Jon Scizezka will be hosting an e-bay auction of doodles by children’s authors, illustrators, and other celebrities as a means to raise money and awareness for families and individuals affected by Neurofibromatosis
The publishers will sponsor story time and doodling activities at the following locations: the
Thomas Hughes Children’s Library in Chicago, the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum Sausalito, California.

Want to have a story and doodle time of your own?

Gather together with plenty of paper, colored pencils/pens. Play an audio book (or you can choose a designated reader to read for you, or even set a timer and have everyone read for about ten minutes each). As the listeners enjoy the story, they are to doodle whatever images it brings to mind.

Being able to visualize what one is reading is an important reading skill. Doodling while listening, or after reading is a great way to build that skill.

Have a good time together, and please post your doodles here (along with the title and author of the book you listened to.) I’ll try to muster up the courage to share my doodle as well.

Remember, we don’t have to be great artists. We just want to exercise our imaginative skills to help us better to comprehend written text.