Why Picture Books Are Important by Rebecca Emberley

by Dianne on November 22, 2013

Rebecca Emberley book cover

There have always been and always will be, artists and storytellers. The earliest and most remote of human tribes drew pictures, told stories, sang, made music, and danced. We celebrate life in this way, and pass it down from generation to generation. In this most modern of times, we still connect to one another by this most ancient,
visceral practice.

The marriage of words and pictures is magical. Long before a child can read, they look at pictures and listen to the sounds you make when reading to them. It brings the world into perspective for a child in a way that nothing else can, while still allowing them to interpret what they see in their own unique way, thereby expanding they way they think and explore.

Celebrate the magic that happens when words and pictures come together to tell you a story.

Rebecca Emberley headshot

About Rebecca Emberley
Rebecca Emberley writes and illustrate children’s books, and has been doing that for many years. When she is not creating books for children she likes to do lots of other arty things, like silk screening, sewing, graphic design work, and has even dabbled in music production. Rebecca is part of a very creative family! Her father is Ed Emberley, children’s book illustrating icon. Her brother, Michael Emberley, is also a legendary children’s book illustrator and sister in law, Marie Louise Fitzpatrick, is a decorated children’s book author illustrator from Ireland. Her daughter, Adrian Emberley, is an amazing singer songwriter, her husband, Peter Black, is also a singer songwriter. She is always looking for opportunities to work with her talented family. She has recently created a hybrid children’s imprint, Two Little Birds Books, to explore the changing landscape of children’s publishing, and is currently working on a musical theater adaptation of one of her books, Ten Little Beasties! She lives in Maine with her husband, two cats and 5 chickens.

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WriterSideUp November 23, 2013 at 3:31 am

How wonderful, Rebecca, to be surrounded by family involved with children’s publishing and be in it yourself! I’d say that’s quite a blessing 🙂


Lauri Meyers November 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

A wonderful image – the book is unique from the author’s perspective, the illustrator’s perspective, and then the reader enters the picture with her own perspective.


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