Joyful Reading Photos Needed for Professional Teachers Book


Dear Teachers, Librarians and Parents. 


I have been working hard and focused on my teacher development book, on joyful reading in the classroom, with Dr. Gina, for a little over a year. It has been such a joy to work on this book. I can’t wait to share it with you. 


We always intended to use photographs from our wonderful supporters. And, I asked for photos of joyful reading on social media and received amazing pictures. But now we need them more than ever. Our photo shoots, at local schools, are no longer possible as we all practice social distancing, so we can keep each other safe. 


So I am asking for your help. We are hoping you can look through your already existing photos. Or take new photos at home with your family as you stay home and safe. 


We are looking for wonderful photos that show joy and human interactivity around reading. We are interested in photos from early childhood classrooms and homes. The photo above is a wonderful example of an interactive home photo of a baby and father reading together. The picture below is an example of an incredible classroom photo with students and teachers joyfully engaged in a read aloud. We are looking for joy, deeply human, engaging photos.


On the side we have examples of photos that would be wonderful (bottom if you are viewing on your phone). Please use the list to get ideas. But we are also open to photos not on the list. 


I can not say what photos will be selected. My editors will decide that based on many variables. But we appreciate any photo we receive even if it doesn’t make the final book. 


My publisher has some guidelines. Please review these. Here they are: 


  1. All photos must have a release for anyone pictured (to this end, we also have attached adult release forms). The forms have a lot of formal legal language so you might want to reassure anyone who is signing them that the forms are standard for publishers and they define/limit the use.


  1. In order to print clearly, photos must be high resolution (file sizes under 1 MB tend to be grainy; some cameras can be set to “high resolution” or “large”)


  1. Candid shots, where kids and teachers are engaged together vs. looking at the camera, tend to be the best; taking a lot of photos of the same subject to provide a large selection is a great idea)


  1. Kids and teachers should avoid wearing logos or sports team names that are trademarked (but if the perfect photo contains a logo somewhere, we’ll do some photo editing!)


If your photo is selected we will ask you to have you and everyone in the photo sign a release form. This can be done online. 


Thank you for your help and for supporting joyful reading for all children. 


Please submit your photos to me online at 


Be Well, Eric Litwin 


Here are some ideas for photos: 

  • Teacher or caregiver reading aloud to totally engaged children

  • Children immersed in reading independently

  • Call-and-response reading of a predictable book

  • A well-designed “Shout Out Wall.”

  • Well-stocked and -organized classroom library for young children

  • Print-rich classrooms—wide shots

  • Teacher or caregiver singing and chanting joyfully, perhaps to print (e.g., Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

  • Teacher or caregiver and children (and children and children) connecting at an emotional, human level

  • Children engaged in auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning/reading

  • Teacher with children clearly enjoying teaching (i.e., reading playground)

  • Teacher or caregiver and children engaged in dancing and other forms of movement

  • Kids writing their names and their classmates’ names

  • Task cards in use

  • Children doing yoga

  • Children engaged in morning routines

  • Teacher or caregiver using puppets or finger play

  • Real-world word-play centers

  • Children engaged in phonics and phonemic awareness activities

  • Children engaged in fluency activities—literacy performances, voice jars, jump-rope rhymes and hand-clapping songs

  • Reading books joyfully in mom, dad, or grandparents’ laps

  • Bedtime story

  • Cooking with mom and dad and looking at food words like ingredients or reading the name of the food like “bread” or “soup”. 

  • Shopping with mom and dad (writing the shopping list — and then reading it in the store)

  • Child and cherished caregiver sorting through mail

   © 2016 Eric Litwin 

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