Why Are Picture Books Important by Dan Yaccarino

by Dianne on November 4, 2011

All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino

Why Picture Books Are Important
Picture books are important because they are with us for life. They are the most important books we’ll ever read because they’re our first. No matter how many books we’ve read since, they will always have a place in our hearts. Picture books were always there and never asked anything of us other than to spend time some time together. It was a mutual relationship and a relationship that, whether we realize it or not, has shaped our lives.

– Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino

About Dan Yaccarino
Dan Yaccarino has written and illustrated over 40 children’s books and has exhibited his large-scale paintings and sculptures in several galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Rome. He is also the creator and producer of his own animated television series Nickelodeon’s “Oswald” as well as the Emmy Award-winning, “Willa’s Wild Life.” Dan lives and works in New York City.

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Elizabeth Dulemba November 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

“They are the most important books we’ll ever read because they’re our first.” – INDEED! 🙂 e


Paula Lee Bright November 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Picture books must live on because they form the basis for a huge vocabulary! Picture books aren’t just “easy readers” for young kids. In fact, most are more difficult than any beginning reader can handle.

This time, when children are small but avid listeners to stories is when the mind is plastic, remembers more than it will ever remember again, and great skill at comprehending new words is readily available. The more books the better.

Long live the picture book! (I use them even with my much older kids—who missed the vocabulary boat the first time around. And they love it!) And naturally I try to immerse my younger students in them to the -nth degree!


Marianne Follis November 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Dan makes a great point. Most of the time I can’t remember what I read last week; but ask me what my father read to me when I was a child, and the memory comes rushing back. He was a big fan of folktales and we traveled all over the world through these bedtime stories.

There are so many reasons that picture books are important and I am happy that these landmarks of childhood are being celebrated.


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