Why Picture Books Are Important by Lupe Ruiz-Flores

by Dianne on November 22, 2014

Lupe Ruiz-Flores cover

Why Picture Books Are Important By Lupe Ruiz-Flores
Have you ever seen a child clutch a picture book to her/his chest like it’s a treasure? I have! Some of them beam, as they smell the freshness of a new book, perhaps the only book they’ve ever owned. I’ve participated in Reading Rock Stars at selected schools where after readings, my books are given free to the students. To see the eager, smiling faces of the students as I announce at the end of each reading that they will each be getting my book is indeed touching.

Picture books are all about storytelling with pictures, and who doesn’t like a good story, especially with visual images that make the story come alive. Picture books are important because they capture a young reader’s imagination and creativity. An engaging story in a picture book can make an emotional connection with a reader and this link to books might just make the reader a life-long lover of books.

With picture books, a young reader can discover how visual images and words interact to make a story and this might possibly lead to discussion. Provide a child the opportunity to read a picture book for the sheer pleasure of it. It’s a great way to get them starting in reading.

Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Lupe Ruiz-Flores

About Lupe Ruiz-Flores
Lupe Ruiz-Flores has always been a writer at heart. Born and raised in Southwest Texas, she’s also lived in Thailand and Japan. Her brothers and sisters in her large close-knit family are her best friends. She gets her love for storytelling from her grandmother and father. She’s had six bilingual picture books published. Four have been on the Tejas Star Book Award Reading List. Two have been on the Mamiverse blog list, “Latino Childrens’ Books You Should Know.” She’s been a featured author at the Texas Book Festival twice and has participated in Reading Rock Stars. Her website is www.luperuiz-flores.com.

Picture Book Month Daily Theme: Dance

Curriculum Connections

Books are treasure, so host a Book Treasure Hunt!

Any picture book that the children are not familiar with works best. For this example, we will use Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita by Lupe Ruiz-Flores.

Type out the text to Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita and cut the text so that it is on several slips of paper. Next, make some photocopies of a few illustrations from Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita on separate pieces of paper.

Hide the slips of paper containing the text and the illustrations around the room to be found during the Book Treasure Hunt.

Once all of the pieces are found, children should work to piece the story together. Through careful reading of the text and close viewing of the illustrations, see if they can find the correct story sequence. Then read Lupita’s First Dance/El Primer Baile de Lupita aloud to see if they were right.

Correlates to the Common Core Reading Literature standards: RL.K.1,3,7; RL.1,3,7; RL.2.1,3,7; RL.3.1,3,7; RL.4.1,7

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:Donna November 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Oh, Lupe, I LOVE the image of a child clutching a picture book like it’s a treasure 🙂 How wonderful that they realize it actually IS a treasure!


Joanne Roberts November 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

This looks like such a beautiful book! Thank-you for sharing your experiences with students.


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