Why Picture Books Are Important
People need three things to survive – food, shelter, and wonder. That third need has been met for thousands of years through stories both as entertainment or as ways to share our history and culture. The manner of sharing stories may have evolved, but there is one constant – the quiet story time between parent and child. Picture books remain treasures for these moments.
But they are first and foremost tools for literacy. They teach structure, concepts, and social understanding. The best picture books share complex ideas, ideologies, and motivations through subtle delivery and layered interpretation. They teach language and communication skills which reach into all areas of our lives, not just in books, preparing children for the world ahead and giving them that extra advantage to succeed.
While technology may change how we absorb information in the future, right now, most of our society is still oriented on the book. And to understand a book, a child must be introduced to the concept at an early age. Picture books are that beginning and to my mind, will never be obsolete.
- Elizabeth O. Dulemba
About Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Elizabeth O. Dulemba is an award winning author/illustrator of fifteen children’s books. She is also Illustrator Coordinator for the Southern SCBWI region, on the board of the Georgia Center for the Book, a writing and illustration instructor at various venues; and she speaks regularly at schools and events. Her latest picture book is The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia (Sterling). In 2010, her “Coloring Page Tuesdays” garnered over 1.5 million visitors to dulemba.com.
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