Why Picture Books Are Important by Wendell Minor

by Dianne on November 12, 2013

Wendell Minor book cover

I like to refer to myself as a recovering dyslexic. As a child, my alphabet of choice was the three basic shapes and the three primary colors. From these elements, all pictures flow. Words paint pictures in the mind, but pictures form words on the lips. Picture books bring together pictures and words for young children in a format that is irreplaceable, and they are the perfect learning tool for the very young mind.

I am a painter at heart with a passion for a sense of time and place, history, science, and biography. When I finally realized that picture books were a unique place for me to apply all my passions in one place, I knew I had found a home!

Picture books are, I believe, a noble endeavor for any artist or writer who wishes to share their wonderful talents and observations with the next generation. From fantasy to humor, to nature, to history, to science, to love of animals, or to just plain silliness, picture books offer an endless wealth of inspiration for child development.

I, for one, consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have spent the past twenty-five years illustrating and writing for children. My art has traveled around the world in picture books. I cannot think of a more exciting journey than that!

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About Wendell Minor
Wendell Minor is the award-winning author/illustrator of over fifty picture books. He is dedicated to creating books that entertain, educate and inspire, and has collaborated with Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, among others. His book Nibble Nibble was an Oprah Recommendation, The Seashore Book was a Reading Rainbow selection, and Reaching for the Moon, Look to the Stars and Ghost Ship were all New York Times Bestsellers. If You Were a Penguin authored by Florence Minor was a Pennsylvania “One Book” Literacy Program selection and If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond was a Boston Globe Best Book of 2012. If You Were a Panda Bear is a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. “Wendell Minor’s America” featuring 25 years of Wendell’s children’s book art opens at the Norman Rockwell Museum on November 9th. Visit Wendell at www.minorart.com and on Facebook.

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:Donna Marie November 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Such a heartwarming, common-sense, poignant post from such an accomplished author/illustrator! I just love this!:

“Words paint pictures in the mind, but pictures form words on the lips.”

So happy for you that you found your passion early enough to have been able to accomplish so much, and still so much more to come 🙂

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WriterSideUp November 13, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Such a heartwarming, common-sense, poignant post from such an accomplished author/illustrator! It certainly is true that there are few outlets in which you could incorporate ALL your passions in one! 🙂

I just love this!:

“Words paint pictures in the mind, but pictures form words on the lips.”

So happy for you that you found your passion early enough to have been able to accomplish so much, and still so much more to come 🙂

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