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Asian Studies Outreach Program

Kamishibai to Increase Reading Fluency

A 2010 Japan Institute Participant shows how Japanese Kamishibai Books increase reading fluency at Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Conference

Caroline (center, back) with the 2010 Institute in Japan program participants in Japan


Caroline DeMaio, a School Library Media Specialist at the Danville School and a 2012 participant of the Institute on Japan and Its Cultures, has been using Kamishibai books as a means of increasing library fluency. This Friday, at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Conference in Stowe, Caroline will be showing how she uses Kamishibai with her DCF readers to create story summaries and book trailers which incorporate art, reading and theatre.


Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese storytelling technique which combines art, text and theater. Kamishibai (紙芝居), literally "paper drama", is a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono (picture scrolls) to convey stories with moral lessons to a mostly illiterate audience.


Teachers and librarians interested in learning how to incorporate Kamishibai into their lesson plans can attend join Jon Scieszka, Raina Telgemeier, and many others for a fabulous day at the 2012 DCF Conference, May 4, 2012, at the Stoweflake Resort, in Stowe. For more information on how to apply, view the invitation here.


Teachers and librarians interested in borrowing Kamishibai are invited to visit the ASOP library and borrow from our Kamishibai collection. To view our library listing of Japanese books, visit our library.

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