Why Picture Books Are Important by Natasha Wing

by Dianne on November 30, 2015

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Why Picture Books Are Important by Natasha Wing
Picture books offer children a vehicle in which they are the captains of their world. When I learned to read to myself, I could determine the pace of the story by turning the pages when I was ready. I could linger over the illustrations, or memorized how a new word was spelled. I could learn about nature, or enter a fantastical world. And boy, did I love the sound of rhyme thanks to Dr. Seuss!

Some books I grew up with and loved (and still own) were The Cat in the Hat, The Little Engine that Could, and Cinderella. Lo and behold I turned out to be a children’s author who likes to write in rhyme, who is persistent and doesn’t give up, and who found her prince and is living happily ever after (although I don’t have a shoe fetish!)

I wonder how the children’s books being read today will shape the adults of tomorrow. Keep reading picture books to kids and some day you’ll find out.

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About Natasha Wing
Natasha Wing has been publishing for 23 years. Her bestselling rhyming Night Before series includes 20 titles with more on the way, and overall has sold in excess of 5.3 million copies. An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers was an ALA Notable and was translated into Chinese. Her multi-cultural book, Jalapeno Bagels, about a Mexican-Jewish family is in its 23rd printing! (See a full list of published books at natashawing.com) Along with writing, she is also having fun painting with watercolors (dogs mostly) and hopes to someday illustrate her own book. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her prince, Dan, and cat, Purrsia.

Literacy Activity
Nov 30 ~ School

“Picture books build empathy which is an important tool for navigating through society.” (from the Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Book Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013).

Get to know others in your school by hosting a story time book club. Have students bring their favorite picture book to share aloud with other classes in a way of fostering community.

Suggested reading:

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Julie Durrell
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard Jr., illustrated by James Marshall
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

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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:Donna November 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Natasha, I’m so glad you found your prince 🙂 And I, too, like you and so many, fell in love with books—and rhyme!—due to the amazing Dr. Seuss!


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