Why Picture Books Are Important by Sylvia Liu

by Dianne on November 27, 2016

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Why Picture Books are Important by Sylvia Liu

Picture books are gateway drugs to the best addiction possible: a lifelong love of reading and a world of imagination and exploration. With a love of reading comes the keys to understanding people, the world around us, and deep truths. With a love of reading comes empathy for others and a broader world view. Becoming a lifelong reader means joining the grand conversation of humanity across time and space. Picture books are the stepping stone to that great adventure.

Picture books are uniquely qualified to introduce children to the wonders of reading. When children sit on their parents’ or caregivers’ laps and absorb delightful words and art, they associate reading with love and belonging. Before long, the stories provide their own pleasures and memories.

What better way to share the wonderful world of reading than through picture books—tangible canvasses of words that paint pictures, and pictures that evoke words?

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All About Sylvia Liu
Sylvia Liu is an environmental attorney turned author and illustrator. Her debut picture book as an author, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (the 2013 Lee & Low New Voices Award winner), came out in May 2016. She is inspired by oceans, family, cephalopods, aliens, and more. Her portfolio can be found at www.enjoyingplanetearth.com and she helps run the kid lit resource website www.kidlit411.com. Sylvia grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and now lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, two daughters, cat, and guinea pig.

Literacy Activity
November 27 – Family

“Picture books provide an emotional core which helps connect the student to the content.” (from Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Read the title of the picture book and show the book cover. Ask students to make a guess or to predict what the story’s theme or topic is all about. As the read aloud progresses, acknowledge the guesses and predictions of students that were validated in the story.

Suggested reading:
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Two Nests by Laurence Anholt and Jim Coplestone
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch,illustrated by Sheila McGraw

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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