Why Picture Books Are Important by Rosemary Wells

by Dianne on November 8, 2013

Rosemary Wells book cover

The importance of picture books in young children’s lives is one of great pillars of their cognitive development. Here’s why:

Picture books open a safe, beautiful path to other worlds, when read and explained in the voice of loved ones.

They are an essential guide cause and consequence. A life lesson. Contained in every story’s arc.

They teach the child how to “see” in two dimensions, an essential for understand drawn or written images.

Picture books teach the child to imagine a world which is not immediately present.

They create a huge opportunity for parents to share golden talk time with their kids. Nothing on a screen can do this.

Rosemary Wells headshot

About Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells grew up in rural New Jersey in the 1940’s and 50’s. As a child she loved drawing, reading stories, baseball and animals. She was never able to fulfill her twin ambitions of being the first girl to play major league baseball or being a detective for the FBI. So she turned her hand to illustration and writing. She has, over lifetime published more than 130 books, for kids (young) and kids (older) and won many awards including two New York Times Best Illustrated and two Edgar Award nominations. She has two girls of her own and five grandchildren. She lives in Connecticut where she continues to work on all kinds of books.

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WriterSideUp November 11, 2013 at 1:24 am

There is nothing like a picture book, and Rosemary, yours are delightful 🙂 Thank you!


Tina Cho November 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

My children loved your books of Max & Ruby and later watching the videos. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom.


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