Why Picture Books Are Important by Andrea Davis Pinkney

by Dianne on November 14, 2016

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Question by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Picture Books,
Why, do we need you?

Oh, Picture Books,
we need you because
you are
the safest harbors,
the quilts,
the songs,
the names and faces
that grace us with whimsical winks,
twinkling from pages that flip,
and invite us to join the ride.

We giggle when you call, Come, child, fly!

That is why
we need every bit of your word-picture power.

Oh, Picture Books,
we need your escape.
We crave your colors,
your stories,
your comfort-hugs
that sweep us up
in sweet reading embraces.

Picture Books,
oh, oh ? only you can do the magic trick
that makes the world’s worries vanish,
and,
at the very same time,
pulls a bouquet from a hat
whose crown is deep with seeds
that speak especially to me.

That is why, Picture Books,
you
need
to be!

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About Andrea Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children, including her most recent, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day. Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Award citations, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honors, NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, and several Parenting Publication Gold Medals. Andrea was named one of the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their children.

Literacy Activity
November 14 – Music

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 Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Create a classroom library of picture books about music, musicians, poems and poetry. Read aloud a picture book from the collection on a regular basis. Have students write their favorite songs and tell them to draw pictures or images they see in their minds when they read or when they sing the songs.

Suggested reading:
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by,Sean Qualls
Ben’s Trumpet Paperback by Rachel Isadora
For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Marc Simont
M Is for Music by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Stacy Innerst

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!

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!

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