Why Picture Books Are Important by Matt Phelan

by Dianne on November 29, 2015

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Matt Phelan
Shhh. Quiet down. Forget everything that happened today and everything that will happen tomorrow. Close your eyes to the images, noises, and stimuli of today’s world.

Now, open your eyes and look at these pictures. Listen to this story. Sink into this world which will exist for thirty-two pages but will last in your memory forever.

Picture books can make you laugh, cry, wonder, and become inspired. You can learn about people, places, and events in history. You can learn about friendship and love. You can learn about what it means to be a good human being.

This is why I think picture books matter. This is why I want to spend my life making them.

Matt Phelan headshot

About Matt Phelan
Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen, and Druthers, which he also wrote. He is also the author of the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn (winner of the Scott O’Dell Award), Around the World, and Bluffton. In 2014, Matt was awarded the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children’s Literature Citation.

Literacy Activity
Nov 29 ~ Bears

“Picture books are meant to be read-aloud, which automatically makes them a social experience.” (from the Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Book Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Create your own television or book trailer to get others to read your favorite picture book about bears.

Suggested reading:

Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury, illustrated by Michael Rosen
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood, illustrated by Audrey Wood
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

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

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