Why Picture Books Are Important by Loreen Leedy

by Dianne on November 24, 2014

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Loreen Leedy
Picture books are diverse. When roaming the aisles of a conference, library, or bookstore, the myriad of wonderful titles with wide-ranging stories, characters, settings, and artwork is always amazing and inspiring.

Picture books invite children to participate. They can listen to the words, examine the images, laugh at an escapade, share the book with someone, and learn to read on their own.

Picture books are a doorway to new worlds. Children can meet new people, visit unfamiliar places, travel through time, discover information, and explore imaginary realms.

Picture books are important because children are important.

Loreen Leedy

Loreen Leedy

About Loreen Leedy
Loreen Leedy is the author-illustrator of over 40 popular picture books that introduce math, science, language arts, and other key topics to young readers. Her whimsical characters are often animals but have also been potted plants, coins, pencils, and even household appliances. Honors for her books include being designated an ALA Notable Book for There’s a Frog in My Throat!, a AAAS Science Books & Films award finalist for The Great Graph Contest, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books for Missing Math: A Number Mystery.

Picture Book Month Daily Theme: Non-fiction Monday, Fairytales

Curriculum Connections

Loreen Leedy’s Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt, & Change the World contains many fascinating facts about plants.

Have each child choose one fact from the book–one that they did not know before reading–and create a poster illustrating and expanding on that fact. Use the Internet or library for further research.

What are some other science topics the class would like to learn more about? Conduct a library search for other non-fiction titles to introduce.

Correlates to the Common Core Reading Informational Text standards: RI.3.7; RI.4.7; Writing standards: W.3.2a; W.4.2a; W.5.2a

LIBRARIANS and TEACHERS OF YOUNGER GRADES: Have children draw a picture of themselves as a plant with superpowers! What super power would they give themselves? How does this superpower help them?

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:Donna November 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

All the most basic, key reasons picture books are SO important, Loreen 🙂


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