Why Picture Books Are Important by Isabel Roxas

by Dianne on November 17, 2016


Why Picture Books Are Important by Isabel Roxas
I love all books, but picture books best of all.

We slowly open their pages, and are quickly pulled in by a wild rumpus, meandering crayon lines or quiet drifts of snow. They envelope us and hug and splash! They provide our first encounters with objects and worlds that may not exist or immediately surround us.

They are quite remarkable in their breadth—they can educate, entertain, challenge or enlighten.

The best ones we keep in our hearts long after we are no longer small, and remind us that interesting worlds are within our minds to imagine.

There are plenty more reasons to be sure, but it is best if you just crack one open and jump right in!


About Isabel Roxas
Isabel Roxas is an illustrator, designer and avid reader.

She was born in the Philippines, was raised on luscious mangoes, old wives’ tales, and monsoon moons. She now illustrates picture books and creates ceramic creatures in a former pencil factory in Brooklyn.

Isabel has illustrated several books for young readers, including Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown (Sterling Books, 2014) and Day at the Market by May Tobias-Papa (Adarna House, 2008).

Her latest book, Let Me Finish was written by Minh Lê (Disney-Hyperion 2016) is an ode to book lovers everywhere.

Literacy Activity
November 17 – Insects

“Picture book illustrations serve as wonderful models of how shapes are used to create pictures.” (from Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Pick and point at characters, animals, insects, trees and plants in a picture book. Ask students if they can see basic shapes in the drawings. Tell them how the use of basic shapes help illustrators draw and create characters, scenes and events in stories and picture books. Show a video of an artist creating a character using basic shapes. Set up a drawing and writing center in your classroom and allow students to draw using basic shapes for a person, animal, insect, trees and plants.

Suggested reading:
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell and Steve Jenkins
Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner
Those Amazing Ants by Patricia Brennan Demuth and S. D. Schindler

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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