Why Picture Books Are Important by Kelly DiPucchio

by Dianne on November 8, 2012

Why Picture Books Are Important by Kelly DiPucchio
My favorite book when I was a child was Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss. Published 13 years before I was born, this timeless picture book changed the way I looked at the world. I was completely fascinated by the idea of an entire community of teeny-tiny people existing on a single speck of dust. Horton’s open-mindedness, compassion, and unwavering conviction inspired me as a young child to look up at the stars in the night sky and question if planet Earth was just a speck of dust floating through a universe inhabited by unseen giants. I was also inspired to look down, imagining, instead, that I was the mighty giant. I’d patrol the clover fields, looking and listening for the tiny Whos and fairies the Wickershams of the world were so quick to dismiss. Several decades later, I’m still searching for hidden realms and listening for small voices in unexpected places. I’m finding them, too. Some real. Some imagined.

As writers we can never be sure just how our stories and characters might impact a young reader we will never meet or hear from. Looking back at my life and career, it makes me smile to think that Dr. Seuss not only ignited my love of reading; he was also one of my first metaphysical teachers.

Picture books are important because they have the power to open our minds to new ways of perceiving the world we live in.

Kelly DiPucchio

About Kelly DiPucchio
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several children’s books, including New York Times bestsellers, Grace for President, and The Sandwich Swap, a book co-authored for Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. Kelly’s books have appeared on The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, and The View. She has been a featured author/speaker at numerous schools, public libraries, universities, and conferences such as: IRA, ALA, and NCTE. Visit Kelly online KellydiPucchio.com

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Laura Anne Miller November 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

Kelly, what a beautiful (like you) observation about your first favorite picture book. Horton was also one of my favorites. ( I remember reading it for the first time at my aunt’s house in Chicago. She, well, my three cousins had the whole Dr. Seuss collection. They wanted to play dress up, but I wanted to sit and read.) Anytime a book can take someone outside their personal world to react and inspire them to a new realm significant. Your stories do just that!!

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kelly dipucchio November 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thank you, Laura! That’s so cool that you can even remember the first time you read it and where. My very first memory of any book was of an old Wonder Book called The Surprise Doll. I was able to track down a copy of it on eBay several years ago. It was fun to revisit the pictures after all these years.
Happy Reading!

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