Creativity Corner with Terry Shay – Claytivity!

by Terry Shay

When I first started hearing about the book Claymates written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Lauren Eldridge, I didn’t quite know what to expect from a book illustrated in clay. I’ve been a long time fan of their work. Lauren created a Celebridot that was made of clay and did a video to show her process.

My students loved Claymates, so I had to learn more. Intrigued by the idea of storytelling using clay and other materials, I checked out YouTube and found the trailer for Claymates which gives the viewer a glimpse of the book and also the method of bringing these characters to life.

Claymates Book Trailer

Dev Petty collected some work by young artists inspired by Claymates in this video:


A Celebridot made out of clay was also done by Susan Eaddy; check out her dot which also has an accompanying process video HERE.Be sure to also check out Susan’s YouTube channel for even more inspiration.

What materials can you use to create fun characters??? Try making a character out of clay or other materials and leave a photo in the comments!

Book Buzz

Bub by Elizabeth Rose Stanton is a great story about a middle child who is feeling a little bit left out.

@ElizRoseStanton @simonkids

Unboxing The Word Collector

The North Tama Morning Book Club was asked to unbox Peter H. Reynolds’ latest book The Word Collector. Inside the box were envelopes that contained words and also a copy of the book. Check it out:

How could you start a story with the words the Morning Book Club opened??


@peterhreynolds @scholastic

Start your own word collector journal and fill it with words that inspire you to create!

Morning Book Club Recommendations

Noah recommends The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

@EYelchin (@Scholastic)

Clowey recommends What If… by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Mike Curato (available April 3)

@mikecurato @bergerbooks @littlebrown

Zach recommends Manghi Moves a Mountain by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Danny Popovici

@nchurnin @dannypopovici @crestonbooks

Dani recommends Love by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Loren Long

@mattdelapena @lorenlong @PutnamBooks ‏
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