Why Picture Books Are Important by Sue Fliess

by Dianne on November 17, 2013

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I’m not sure what the series of the books was called, but I can remember one year getting a book from Santa and it was one of the best Christmases of my childhood! It was an oversized book with photos of farm animals and I remember opening it, jumping up and down, hugging it and not parting with it, even as I opened my other gifts. I’d like to think it was the magic behind Santa coupled with the magic of undiscovered pages of a book — a really large one at that — of my very own.

So? If I have to choose one from the litany of reasons why picture books are important, I think it’s the bonding. The act of reading a picture book to a child transcends the book itself, and creates a bond between the grown-up — usually a parent, but not always — and the child he or she is reading with. The grown-up is literally revealing a world that this child has never known before. Opening their eyes to new images that are wonderful, strange, magical or just different from what they know the world to be. That is a powerful and enduring thing.

Sue Fliess headshot

About Sue Fliess
Sue Fliess (“fleece”) is a children’s book author, freelance writer/marketing professional, and senior copywriter for eBay, living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and a rescued Lab named Teddy. Her background is in PR, marketing, and copywriting. Her articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, Education.com, Daily Candy Kids, Travelmuse.com, Circleofmoms.com, and more. Fliess has authored numerous picture books – five are available today, and seven more are in production. She speaks at schools, conferences, is an active member of SCBWI and NCIBA. You can find out more about her at www.suefliess.com

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Eric B. Thomasma November 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

This Why-Picture-Books-Are-Important really speaks to me. I feel the same way about the bond created when an adult reads to a child. It’s something that I believe can’t be reproduced in any other way. Thank you Ms. Fliess.


WriterSideUp November 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

Oh, Sue, another eloquent expression about the wonder of picture books. I’m so thoroughly enjoying all the wonderful posts and interviews on the many sites celebrating Picture Book Month. Thank you! 😀


Kerry Aradhya November 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I love the “bonding” aspects of picture books, too 🙂 Happy Picture Book Month!


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