Illustration © Chris Van Dusen

"Writing an Exquisite Corpse Adventure episode is like playing a game of hot potato, tossing the spud from person to person, passing it down a line of friends.
Sure, everyone wants the potato to stay in the air. But it's also really fun if you can put some spin on it when you throw it so the next person has to really reach to grab it. The fumble and save is part of the thrill of the game."
– M.T. Anderson

Watch Anderson’s Video Interview

Welcome fellow Exquisite Corpse Adventure travelers!

Yes, you have found The Exquisite Corpse Adventure educational resource center—the go-to place for supplemental E.C.A. activities to unlock the creative monster within even the wariest writer or artist, as well as a treasure trove of rich resource material for the more serious-minded who can’t get enough information about reading, writing, books, and literacy.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a project of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Library of Congress.

This educational resource center is brought to you by the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and our distinguished colleagues at the Butler Children’s Literature Center at Dominican University. We have designed these pages for moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas, guardians, teachers, librarians, scout leaders, playground supervisors, ringmasters, snake-charmers, baby sitters, parachute jumpers, English Lit majors!—anyone and everyone interested in helping kids read more, write better, and reaching deep into the magic hat of their own inner resources, create stories and art that expand all of our universes. 

You know the young people you live with and work for far better than we do. You know their listening capabilities, their level of reading achievement. You know what resources you have on hand and your young people’s capabilities using those resources. You know what your kids and teens will find exciting and challenging.  So, on these pages we refrain from using age-level designations for suggested reading lists, activities, and discussion questions. And we present activities and discussion questions for general use at home and in schools and libraries, hoping that you will use your own insightful creativity to shape the ideas and activities to meet the needs of the young people in your life.

This educational resource center is divided into three main sections:

Section 1: The Journey Continues: General Interest Articles

Section 2: The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Episodes
Author/Illustrator Information, Booklists, Activities, and Discussion Questions for Each Episode!

Section 3: Literacy Resource Treasure Chest: A Useful List of Internet Resources

The Exquisite Corpse Episodes

Author/Illustrator Information, Booklists, Activities, and Discussion Questions for Each Episode! 
To read The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on Read.Gov, click here.

No need to dig for resource gold—we’ve done the work for you! Browse through our overflowing treasure chest of literacy riches mined from the depths of the Internet: articles, resources, website links, and blogs all focused on reading and writing and the joy of books!

Direct to You from the NCBLA

The NCBLA’s Young People’s Right to Read
Are you a parent, teacher, or librarian struggling with censorship in your community? These resources are for you.

Why Do Kids Need Books?
Supporting arguments regarding the power of literacy, literature, and libraries.

Parent and Guardian Basics: Frequently Asked Questions

Parent and Guardian Literacy Handbook
Guidance and activities aimed at helping kids become lifelong readers and writers.

Teacher Literacy Handbook
Articles and activities for educators on how to encourage reading and writing while keeping both fun.

Mentor Literacy Handbook
Literacy development isn’t only for parents and teachers. Learn how other adults can make reading a priority with young people.

Recommended Reading Lists Created by Children’s Literature Experts

Advocating for Literacy and Libraries: How You Can Make an Impact

Read all about it! Get the latest informational and activist news regarding children's literacy, literature, libraries, humanities, and the arts.
The NCBLA’s American History and Civic Literacy Website

Annotated List of Literacy Associations Across America

Annotated List of Education and Literacy Associations of Special Interest to Parents and Teachers

Beyond the NCBLA: Experts Speak Out on Reading and Writing

On FAQs from Real Parents and Teachers About Reading

On The Building Blocks of Reading

On Why Some Kids Struggle

Reading and Writing: An Open Letter to Parents by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith

To check out the coordinating writing activities created by Reading Rockets especially for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, visit The Exquisite Prompt: Classroom Writing Resources on

Additional Websites and Literacy Organizations to Explore

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Great Websites for Kids
Categorized list of quality websites that have been evaluated and honored by children’s librarians at the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.

Guys Read: A Literacy Program for Guys by Jon Scieszka

The Horn Book: Publications About Books for Children and Young Adults

The Library of Congress
Rich and vast resources for kids, families, librarians, researchers, and teachers, like Lyrical Legacy: Activity Ideas for Song and Poetry, a slew of ideas for bringing American song and poetry into your living room, classroom, or library!

The National Endowment for the Humanities

School Library Journal
The world’s largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens.

Blogs That Inspire

Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac

Jen Robinson’s Book Page
Promoting the love of books by children and the continued reading of children’s books by adults.

Association for Library Service to Children

Educating Alice

FUSE #8 on School Library Journal

Page by Page by Maria Salvadore on Reading Rockets

PlanetEsme: The Best New Children's Books from Esme's Shelf

Read Roger: The Horn Book Editor's Rants and Raves

Richie's Picks: A Collection of Essays and Reviews About Great Books for Children and Young Adults

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: A Blog About Books

ShelfTalker: A Children's Bookseller's Blog

Team Corpse:

Bios and Official Websites of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Authors and Illustrators

Video Discussions and Interviews

For information about additional children’s book authors and illustrators, check out Bethany Roberts' Directory of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators and Children’s & YA Literature Resources.

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