Promoting Literacy Through Photography: A Child's Literary Journey thru Photography & Storytelling

We'll take a photographic/literary journey through four classic childhood books. Listen and watch as storytellers bring these books to life against a backdrop of images representing each book's specific theme. Open to all ages.

This project will address the idea of promoting Children's Literacy through Interactive Storytelling and Photography.

I will be taking photographs based on the themes represented in each of the following classic children's books:

The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) –
Theme - Unconditional Love

Oh, The Places You Will Go (Dr. Seuss) – Theme - Adventures/Positive thinking

Love You Forever (Robert N. Munsch)
Theme - Mother/Child relationship

Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney) Theme - Father/Child relationship

Once the photographs have been taken, I will organize a series of live performances for school assemblies, libraries and the general public whereby volunteer storytellers will read from these particular books as the photographs I have taken are projected behind them, each photo depicting a particular moment in the story.

The project's goals:
1. to have children experience the excitement of having a live performance of storytellers reading to them in their school or classroom
2. offer parents and the general public an opportunity to bring their children to a live event that deals with literacy
3. have children connect positive experiences in what they are reading to the world around them through the art of photography

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Voted for you bud. Good luck with the project.

Mind looking mine up about small cat species to see if you would be interested in voting for it?

Take care and keep shooting,


your project has got a "soul"! I vote for you!
I submitted my dream this morning, please have a look! (documenting a very remote temple in Tibet)
good luck!


This is an awesome one! you have my "PIC". My dream is to documant and expose a fatal war taking place in the Congo. Check it out and pleaseeee return the vote!


Amazing dream! Best of luck and you have my "PIC" - please check out my dream of furthering peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. Thanks!!


I voted for you! Hope you achieve your dream!


Good Luck Ray. You got my vote - Excellent Idea!


Thank you all for voting so far.
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"My friend Ray is working on a "Literacy Through Photography" project.
April 3rd is the deadline to get votes in. Please take 30 seconds to read it and vote on it here http://is.gd/nFuL. Thanks!"


Good luck to you. This sounds fabulous. I'm a photographer and librarian and your combination of using photography and story telling is awesome !!


Thanks Phroggy! Much appreciated....



I love storytelling! Great idea! Hope it wins, and if so, I hope I can volunteer to read to the children and others. J Jerry Mussari


Best of luck...Oh the Places You Will Go is one of my favorite books! I have given a copy to many of my graduating seniors.


Thanks Jerry37....will keep you in mind!

Thanks mstefanopolous.. What a great idea for a graduating gift!


My kids love the "Giving Tree" story book. It is a classic tale. We are pulling for you. Thanks Stan Gelfer for directing me to Ray's site. Best to you.

James Karroum


James - thanks for your support towards the project.


Great idea - simple, no gray areas, just a nice way to do things all around!


I appreciate the feedback Freddie...tells me what's working and what may ned adjusting.


good luck Ray


Thanks Nora :o)


Good ideas like yours that are not in the Top 100 are nearly impossible to find. This is unfair as many great ideas are hidden. Those of us in the “Sub-100” should work together to promote the best projects of the Sub-100 so that they can be in the Top 100 and be seen. Please vote for best Sub-100s!


Hey Ray, I'm so happy about this idea. Anything that has something to do with literacy is okay by me! Good luck to you.
xo Maureen


Hey Bro,

This is an awesome idea! You got my pic!!


Amazonian - thank you for taking the time to write your thoughtful message and thank you for your support!


Mcasey- Hey I know you! How long now? Thanks for your support!


RevJon - thanks for your vote Bro! Back at ya! Let's move this thing!


I've done something similar before, useing the pictures with the kids and people that were in the audience to tell the story. You have my vote. Please check out my idea for teaching concepts to children through life experiances. I would apriciate any feedback.


Saw your project in the Flickr forum. It sounds like an interesting idea and I am glad to PIC it. I am also glad to see how thoughtfully you answer the comments. That's great! Good luck! Would to hear what you think about my project.


Great idea. I voted for you - Good luck Ray.

Once you've gotten the materials together, let me know: our student theatre club is looking for good service projects, and some of them love to work with children. We can be your Ohio satellite location.



Dima - It's one of the best lessons from Social Media - talking and listening.
Thanks for your support... I'll head on over and check yours as well.


Hey Joe! Great to see your support....I'll certainly keep you in mind when the project is considered. Thinking positive!


Hey Ray~

Hope your project makes it for consideration...just voted for you!!

Best of luck!!

Kim Grover


Good Luck Ray!


Kim! Very much appreciated..hope to catch up with you when I get to AZ for Easter :o)


JumboShrimp! Lovin' it! You're the best!


You got my vote!


Thanks Chris!

Dear Readers: Click on "transcribe" above this comment post to vote on Chris's project.He wants to trace the roots of modern music from the yoruba in Nigeria through Cuba, Brazil and into the United States.


What a cute idea!


Jessegirl, thank you! Voted for your "Food" project as well.....


Wonderful idea, great books you chose and I like the interactive plans post project Ray. Best of luck to you.


Interesting idea. Voted for you. Feel free to vote for my project on human rights abuses, land seizures, political upheaval and the overall struggles of daily life in Zimbabwe.


I loved the Giving Tree as a kid. This would appeal to a very wide base. Voted.

Check out my project on innovation and technology as change for the developing world and my portfolio here: http://maclellanimages.com/blog1/galleries/


Firegirl Thanks for your support!


WillBaxter..thank you and your has been voted on as well. Peace.


Imaclellan....glad you found it inspiring...voted on yours as well..Pecae.


Ray, Fantastic idea ...... you have my vote. I also like your book line up. When you are ready to take the "show on the road", do let me know. Your first stop back in CT is my Wife's (and KrisT's) school, then on to my 2 daughters' school up the road! Thx and best of luck! -E!


You have my vote, If you get the chance, check out my dream "From Australia With Love" and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for it!




Leedcar - I know who you are but I'll keep it a secret :o) Thanks for your support


Thanks Adam...went over to yours and voted as well...Peace!


Very warming dream! Pic! Good luck and go for it. How do you like my dream?


good idea. Just pic'd. Check out my dream and pic/comment if you like it. Thanks


Thanks Scott!


You've got my vote, brother...... go get 'em.


Thanks KennyG!

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