Why Picture Books Are Important by Kevan Atteberry

by Dianne on November 30, 2016

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Kevan Atteberry
There is frequently discussion about how reading to children is a wonderful, connective activity. And I know it is from reading to my boys when they were young. But I don’t really remember being read to as a young child. I’m sure I was, but I only have memories of looking at books by myself. I remember some of the picture books we had but I don’t remember their titles. I remember volumes or anthologies of stories and poems that were heavily illustrated, but I can’t tell you what the stories were, other than some that were in the public domain. I remember getting a library card and checking out stacks of picture books (the limit was 6 back then) but I can’t name most of them, either. What I do remember vividly is the illustrations of the stories that captured me, mesmerized me. Whether it was the illustrations in picture books or in other illustrated texts, I was so fascinated with the stories they evoked that I had learned to read (with help, of course) by the time I was in kindergarten. I am convinced today that picture books were my gateway drug to reading.

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About Kevan Atteberry
Kevan is an illustrator of award-winning children’s books. And recently, with BUNNIES!!! (2015) and PUDDLES!!! (2016) he is also an author. He, of course, illustrated them, too. Next year will see the launch of his third authored picture book, I LOVE YOU MORE THAN THE SMELL OF SWAMP GAS. But the thing he is most notorious for is creating Clippy the Microsoft Word helper. At one point, his creation was annoying hundreds of millions of computer users a day. He lives in a little house with a ghost cat near Seattle.

Literacy Activity
November 30 – Bunnies

“The very nature of reading a picture book invites conversations and questions that support developing understanding of language and the world.” (from Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Bunnies are so cute and fuzzy. But looks can be deceiving. Maybe the bunny is a superhero. Or maybe the bunny has a bad temper. Or maybe the bunny is really a gorilla in disguise! Whatever it is, write a story about a bunny who is more than meets the eye.

Suggested reading:
Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson
Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi
Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

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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