Why Picture Books Are Important by E.B. Lewis

by Dianne on November 23, 2012

Why Picture Books Are Important by E.B. Lewis
Children’s books are essential for for pre-learning and developing skills of imagination and creativity. These skills are fundamental for cognitive and tactile growth in a world where the art of thinking has somehow taken a back seat to “edutainment.”

Picture books especially engage children to create a world of countless experiences and possibilities. For many it is the first time they are exposed to visual art and the written language. Cultural literacy and appreciation begins when a child opens a book.

In essence, a picture book is an incredible tool for empowering young minds and setting them on the path of becoming critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

E.B. Lewis

About E.B. Lewis
E. B. Lewis has illustrated more than fifty picture books, including Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Talkin’ About Bessie (by Nikki Grimes) and Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon (by Jacqueline Woodson). He is the illustrator of Each Kindness, a new picture book about the importance of kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books; October 2, 2012). He taught art in public schools for twelve years, and currently teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

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Laura Anne Miller November 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Profound!! I could not agree more with you that critical thinking begins to develop with the picture book in hand! I’ve always admired your beautiful art – thank you for contributing to picture books and picture book month.

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