Why Picture Books Are Important by Wendi Silvano

by Dianne on November 28, 2013

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The bookshelf in my bedroom that holds most of my hundreds of picture books broke about a month ago, toppling all the books into random piles on the floor. At first I was overwhelmed and angry at the thought of all the time it would take to reorganize them. But, as I picked them up, one by one, to put them on the new shelf I couldn’t help but be flooded with amazing memories. There were warm, soothing memories as I came across some of my childhood favorites like The Five Chinese Brothers, Millions of Cats, and The Three Robbers. Just looking at them made me smile, as I remembered, so fondly, hearing them as my brothers and sisters and I squished into Mom and Dad’s king-sized bed.

Then there were so many delightful memories of the students I taught (and me too) exclaiming “OH, I LOVE THAT BOOK!” as I came across titles such as King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher… and so many others! And maybe best of all, were the joyous memories that surged through me of reading to my own children from their favorite titles, including Five Little Monkeys, Piggie Pie and too many others to mention. (My oldest daughter loved the book Abi-Yo-Yo so much we wore three copies to tatters). If my children were tired, upset, sick, scared, fussy, crying, fighting or just bored, what did we do? Read picture books! There isn’t a time that can’t be made better by reading a picture book… at any age. The fun, warm, happy memories they create stay forever and bring joy over and over again!

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About Wendi Silvano
Wendi Silvano would rather be writing a picture book than even eating a chocolate bar or some banana cream pie. That’s how much she loves it! Two of her picture books (Turkey Trouble and Just One More) won the Children’s Choice Award, and another (Turkey Claus) was chosen as one of the “Ten Best Picture Books of 2012” by YABC. She taught for 11 years and is the mother of five. She currently lives in Grand Junction, Colorado. You can visit her website at www.wendisilvano.com.

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:Donna Marie November 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Wendi, you are so right. Some of my clearest memories are the times I read and re-read picture books as a child, then even more so and more often with my son (he’s now 28). And I love that, when a child visits our house, I have so many wonderful books to share with them. I really look forward to sharing even more with my some-day grandchildren 🙂

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Lauri Meyers December 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Oh, I love organizing picture books. I organized a few shelves by author a few weeks ago, and you would think I had purchased 100 new books. My little kids were so intrigued by the change and making connections they hadn’t had before.

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MARY JO HUFF December 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Love TURKEY TROUBLE!!! Visited a local child care center and the wonderful, loving teacher sat on the couch reading this exciting book and I watched the eyes of the children and the grins as they hooped and hollered. The beautiful lady smiled and asked the children some questions and they rambled on and on about the turkey. A true joy!

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