Picture Book Month is almost over. If you haven’t been following the “Why Picture Books are Important” series on the official web site, you have been missing some gems from picture book authors and illustrators as they write about what picture books mean to them or their readers. Some of the authors have brought up visual literacy, inspiring imagination, and many other really great points.
I’ve been reading picture books as a librarian for nearly ten years now, but I’ve been reading them as a mom for just a few. It’s mostly the same experience, with just a few differences. The librarian in me is thinking about reading levels and audience, but the mom in me doesn’t spend much time with that. My kiddo is her own girl. Sometimes she likes books that don’t seem to be meant for her whether it be so-called “boy books” or sentimental picture books written with grown ups in mind. You never can tell just what she will like.
For us, I guess, picture books are possibilities, adventure just waiting to happen. They are the spark for learning, talking, and exploring.
Follow reading our adventures in my Picture Book Preschool posts, and stay tuned for books and activities related to colors, counting, and simple math!