Why Picture Books Are Important by John Rocco

by Dianne on November 4, 2012

Why Picture Books are Important by John Rocco
I feel that picture books are the connective tissue between a parent and a child. Reading a picture book with a child is a sacred and special time. It’s the one time in a busy day where you stop everything, snuggle up on the couch or the floor and share a story. My daughter, Alaya, goes to a Waldorf school, and that means no television, no movies and no computers. What it means for me is that I read her a ton of books. I remember when she was four, and I was reading The Sign on Rosie’s Door to her. At one point in the story she shuddered, and I asked her if she was cold. She whispered, “No, I’m just excited.” That is what a picture book can do.

John Rocco

About John Rocco
John Rocco is the author of four acclaimed books for children: Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder, Fu Finds the Way, and Blackout, winner of the Caldecott Honor and a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg’s Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan’s three multi-million copy internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. Most recently, Rocco illustrated the fantasy fairy tale, The Flint Heart, written by Katherine Paterson and her husband, John.

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Laura Anne Miller November 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Love your ‘connective tissue between parent and child.’ Books do that! They are a shared experience. A ‘breathing’ entity. I remember those times snuggled w/my girls and now my grandchildren. Never am I refused when I say, ‘let’ s read a story.’ And our family takes turns reading aloud on Sunday afternoons when everyone is here. I also recall when my 4 yr old read her first book to my 50 yr old, mentally impaired uncle. He was hanging on every word. The treasure is the picture book, the jewels are left inside our hearts.

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