When my son came home one day from his visit at the school library, he was so excited to show me the book he chose, lines that wiggle. When we read this book together, I was immediately drawn to the artistic way that the book was written and illustration. The author, Candace Whitman and illustrator, Steve Wilson worked seamlessly together to incorporate the words as pieces of art. Having an earlier version of the book, I also noticed that the lines on the book were a different texture, which helped kids “play” along with the lines. Although the newer edition of books don’t have that texture component, get creative with this by adding your own texture to the lines! Go to your local art supply store and find a special glue or paint to add the texture. Get creative and use different colors and texture to make this book a true multi-sensory experience!
Language and Learning Tips: As you are reading aloud to your child, define specific vocabulary words that may be unknown. Model the language of how the lines are shaped and move along the pages. Ask your child to take their finger and trace the lines on the page to help with fine motor coordination.
After reading this book several times, I decided to contact the author, Candace Whitman and ask her questions about lines that wiggle as well as her other books. I was very interested in her background and included the interview below. To learn more about Candace Whitman, check out her website here.