Why Picture Books Are Important
The picture book brings joy to the child in two ways. First there are the board books. The child gets to hold them in his or her own hands. This is a book which BELONGS to the child. Later they can handle picture books in the same way, turning the pages at their leisure, drinking the visual excitement and loveliness in. This sense of owning a book – of having a book belong to them – sets the path to a love of books and learning.
Equally important is the comfort of being read to. The parent holds the child close and shares the story. Some tales will strike such a chord that they must be read again and again. The dramatic play of voice, picture, and caring adult create a moment that wraps the child in literature and art.
Fill your house with books. Turn your child loose to rifle through them and enjoy. Gather your children close frequently, to share the beautiful language of finely crafted picture books and gaze with them at the illustrations.
And to find the very best picture books to share? Ask your children’s librarian!
-Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald
About Margaret Read MacDonald
Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald travels the world, telling and bringing back stories from such marvelous places as Mahasarakham, Kota Kinabalu, and Rio. She is a folklorist, children’s librarian, and the author of more than 55 books on folklore and storytelling.