Why Picture Books Are Important by Jarrett Krosoczka

by Dianne on November 17, 2011

Ollie the Purple Elephant by Jarrett Krosoczka

Why Picture Books Are Important
After reading to my daughter at night, she selects a few picture books to have with her in bed, a tradition we started when it was safe to have objects in the crib. She joyfully turns the pages at the end and start of every day. One evening, as I was about to close her bedroom door, she called out to me. “But Daddy, I can’t read the words.” I sat down on the edge of her big-girl bed and explained that while she couldn’t yet read the words, she could read the pictures. The look of confidence that came upon her face filled my heart with so much joy.

As an author, many people will ask me, “How do you get kids reading?” And truthfully, I never truly knew the answer to that question. Connect them with books they like? Sure. But it begins well before that and as a parent, I now know the answer with certainty. Surround them with picture books at a very young age and read to them constantly. A child is never too young to be read to. Keep picture books easily accessible in just about every room of the house.

Picture books are not just important, they are integral. Integral to creating life-long readers and integral to creating a literate society. When parent and child snuggle up at the end of the day for a bedtime story, picture books create a bond within them that knows no rival.

A child can have too many toys, but never enough books.

-Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett Krosoczka

About Jarret J. Krosoczka
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He currently has authored and illustrated sixteen published books – ten picture books and six graphic novels. He is the two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards and has seen his work recommended by national publications like Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are both in development to be feature films. StudioJJK.com

Purchase Ollie the Purple Elephant by Jarrett Krosoczka at Better World Books, a Picture Book Month partner. You are “doing good” with every book you buy at Better World Books.

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Joanna November 17, 2011 at 3:51 am

I have lived in so many different nations that I have had to whittle down my belongings on many occasions. The only thing I have kept from my childhood are some precious well thumbed books! Great post!


Tiffany November 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

Such a sweet post Jarrett! Very true that picture books are so valuable for the confidence they build and the bonds they make when we share them.


Samantha Berger November 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Brilliant, Jarrett! What a wonderful, wonderful piece. Rock on, my Picture Book Champion-Brother. Rock on.


Eric Van Raepenbusch November 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm

What a great dad! Jarrett, I loved how you explained to your daughter that she could “read the pictures.”


Kerry Aradhya November 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

What a wonderful post! My youngest daughter, who is almost 5, has always loved picture books. For the last few years, she has also gone to bed with a few in her hands, “reading” the pictures until she gets tired and goes to sleep. Until I read your post, I didn’t realize that she recently stopped doing this…probably because she is more tired at the end of the day now and needs her sleep. Makes me a little sad, I guess, but I am happy that she continues to love books so much, and it is fun to see her now so excited about learning to read the words, too 🙂


Elizabeth Dulemba November 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yours might be my favorite post. “But you can read pictures.” INDEED!


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