Why Picture Books Are Important by David Biedrzycki

by Dianne on November 12, 2015

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Why Picture Books Are Important by David Biedrzycki
Picture books are a world where anything is possible.

It’s where boys run with the wild things, girls are ninjas, frogs could fly on lily pads, and bugs could be detectives.

It’s where the sidewalk never ends, pigeons plead their case to drive a bus, purple crayons could draw anything, and a bull would rather smell flowers than fight.

It’s a world where green eggs and ham are on the menu, cats wear hats, monkeys are curious, and caterpillars are very, very hungry.

It’s where a very brave girl named Madeline is afraid of nothing and everything goes wrong for a boy named Alexander.

Opening up a good picture book exposes children to the joy of turning the page. They control the action, to stop and relish the details and to marvel in the atmosphere created by words and pictures. There is an element of design throughout good picture book literature that beckons the reader’s imagination to become part of the story. And the comfort it brings to the reader when the story is read over and over again.

Picture books are the gateway to children’s lifelong love of reading.

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About David Biedrzycki
The moment his brother showed him how to draw a face when he was 4 years old, David Biedrzycki has been drawing ever since. In his early years he created stories for his parents and friends. A commercial artist since 1980 his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, book covers, billboards and even ice cream boxes. The supermarket is like a gallery of his work. Now he has now returned to his first love of picture book storytelling. He has illustrated over 24 books including self-authored and award-winning Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series, Me and My Dragon series and his newest series Breaking News Bear, a Junior Library Guild Selection. David travels the world to over 70 schools a year sharing his digital book making process with aspiring young writers, illustrators and readers.

Literacy Activity
Nov 12 ~ Alphabet

Picture books are specifically and technically crafted. Due to the concise and simple nature of the genre, word choice and structure is extremely important. (from the Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Book Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Gone are the days of the simple A is for apple and B is for bear. Although the alphabet can serve as a wonderful structure for a picture book, there can still be some creativity in just how that is done. Assemble a collection of alphabet books and look closely at how the letters are presented. Is there a plot? Are the letters characters? Is there a theme? Then, create and present your own alphabet book to the class.

Suggested reading:

The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Be sure to download the Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms for more engaging ideas and activities to bring picture books into the ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies curriculum!

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:Donna November 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

David, thank you for this wonderful trip down PB Memory Lane 🙂 Just wonderful. Brings all the warmth to the surface!


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