Career and Technical Education Center

CTE Students Collaborate to Create Children's Books

Feb 19, 2015

Character Books

High school students at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center work together to create children’s books focusing on positive character traits such as acceptance, honesty and forgiveness.

Students taking the Advanced Practicum in Educational Practice course wrote the books, while students studying graphic design and illustration created the artwork using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator.

Both groups gain practical skills that will be valuable as future educators and graphic artists.

“Students learn how to create teaching tools,” said education teacher Jean Courtney. “They see first-hand the importance of collaboration, communication and being able to review another person’s ideas related to their own work.”

The graphic design students have to design and illustrate the books based on rough sketches and ideas provided by their peers. They also must lay the designs out using Adobe InDesign, so the books can be printed and published digitally.

“They learn how to work with a ‘client’ and interpret what the author has envisioned for their book,” said graphic design and illustration instructor Dianna Bacon. “Essentially they have to make the story come to life by designing pages that would be eye-catching to a young audience.” 

2014-2015 Character Books
My First Dance Class
Kindness is Key
ABC's Something to Bark About
Betsy and Daisy
The Watering Hole
Booga Bear's Yummy Honey
The Incredible Whale Tale
Jake's First Hit (Book 1)
Jake's First Hit (Book 2)
Howie the Pup Detective Diaries (Book 1)
Howie the Pup Detective Diaries (Book 2)

2013-2014 Character Books
Sharing is Caring
Mathilda's Routine
Sally and George
Bella Perseveres
Playing in the Snow
Being Kind
Meet My Friends
A Trip Across Texas
Strolling Through the Seasons
Be Kind to our Friends
A Picnic at the Park with Lilly
Eliza Goes to Mars

2012-2013 Character Books
Lola's First Day
Accepting Petunia
The Unorganized Room
Mary's Brave Decision
Why Lie?
Jack and the Cool Kids
Sally Jo's Secret
Princess Lilly
Freddie's Big Responsibility
Four Kittens
Ellie the Elephant