View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


Literacy Festival: Reporter for a Day

Posted: January 3, 2011 10:06 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2011 4:55 a.m.
One of The Signal’s Reporters for a Day talks to an actor at the Literacy & Arts Festival at Hart Park on Dec. 4. One of The Signal’s Reporters for a Day talks to an actor at the Literacy & Arts Festival at Hart Park on Dec. 4.
One of The Signal’s Reporters for a Day talks to an actor at the Literacy & Arts Festival at Hart Park on Dec. 4.

The Story Village
By Josh Wilke

I interviewed Carol Cliffe, author of “Alowishes Unusual Birthday.”

What is it like to be an author?

You really need to keep persevering when you write, and you need to keep in mind that there will be lots of rewrites.
What is “Alowishes Unusual Birthday” about?

All of my stories teach a different trait, and “Alowishes Unusual Birthday” teaches responsibility.

Why do you like reading?

I love reading because it opens new doors and experiences.

The Story Village
By Max Pollack

On Dec. 4, the Literacy & Arts Festival was at Newhall Park. Among the attractions such as the ARTree and Borders was the Story Village.  The Story Village was where authors read their books to kids.

One of the authors was Carole Cliffe. She said her book “Alowishes Unusual Birthday” teaches responsibility. She likes reading because “you get to get smarter.” She was in the Humor and Poetry section.

Another author was T. Katz.  Her book is “Miss L’eau.” It is about taking care of water. She likes reading because “Words are power. Words can change the world. The more you read, the more you know.” What inspired her to write the book is she grew up near the ocean, and seeing the trash made her sad. For more information on the book “Miss L’eau,” go to

For upcoming events, visit the city’s web site at

Read a Painting
By Sheila June

Read a Painting is a great program for children that is designed to enhance their communication and literacy skills. Many people wonder how one reads a painting if there are no words.

Well, I talked to Camille Kirkpatrick and Virginia Flavin, representatives of the Read a Painting program at the Literacy & Arts festival in Santa Clarita, and they said the answer is in how each individual sees the painting.

They ask kids what they see in a picture and what they think is going on in the paintings. Each person can see different aspects of the same picture and all aspects are correct.

Flavin told me how she looked at art.

For example, as a young child she did not know how to read and so she looked at the pictures and made up stories about what she saw. Or when the Indians drew figures in caves,  those pictures soon became words and then developed into a language.

Any kind of painting can be read, old ones, new ones and many more. Being taught to read through a visual image helps students develop their reading based on visual evidence.

This process helps children have an active role in reading and increases observation skills.

Through the Read a Painting program, many children have an opportunity to become better at their visual reading and reading comprehension skills.

Paintings and other art are the foundation of all literary work. Without illustration, there would be little imagination and very dull prose.


Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...