Why Picture Books Are Important by Paulette Bogan

by Dianne on November 10, 2015

Paulette Bogan book cover

Why Picture Books Are Important by Paulette Bogan
Why are picture books important you ask?
Let me count the ways.

Something to chew on,
with teeth or not.
Find Spot!
Travel with Little Bear.

Drool on the pages,
bite marks on the corners,
Scotch tape on every page.

Explore the night kitchen,
find the chocolate chicken,
pat the bunny.

Eyes light up,
Again! Again!
Make the voices, Momma!

Snuggling in the reading chair,
snuggling in the reading bed,
snuggling ANYWHERE to read a book.

Smell the pages,
touch the colors,
read it again… please?

Be Peter Pan,
be a princess,
make friends with a monster.

Goodnight, moon,
Goodnight, gorilla,
Goodnight, my baby.

Guess how much I love you?
Again! Again!
Read it again.


About Paulette Bogan
Paulette Bogan had her first “artistic experience” during a family outbreak of chicken pox. Her mother encouraged Paulette and her siblings to paint a mural on the playroom wall! Paulette was awarded the Children’s Choice Book Award for Lulu the Big Little Chick. She is the author and illustrator of Virgil & Owen Stick Together (January 2016), Bossy Flossy (June 2016), Virgil & Owen, Spike, and Goodnight Lulu, as well as the illustrator of Chicks and Salsa, and Buffalo Wings written by Aaron Reynolds. Many of her stories are inspired by her three delightful daughters and her two wacky dogs. Learn more at paulettebogan.com

Literacy Activity
Nov 10 ~ Farm

Picture books contain many literary conventions including but not limited to, rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole. (from the Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Book Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Nothing says onomatopoeia like animal sounds. Harvest a classroom library of farm books and read them aloud. Then create an imaginary (and interactive) trip to the farm with a barnyard soundscape! As a class, assign a sound and gesture for each animal in the story. For example, whenever the chicken is mentioned maybe students flap their arms like chicken wings and say, “ba-CAWK!”

Suggested reading:

Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Cock-a-Doodle-Oops! by Lori Degman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall

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

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

:Donna November 10, 2015 at 12:39 am

Paulette, thank you for bringing that precious reading experience to life. Oh, the memories. Nothing like them! 😀


Paulette November 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Thanks, Donna!


Paulette November 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

So happy to be included in this wonderful line up!


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