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Picture Book Week 2 Results

Reported by on 11/21/17

Our Picture Book Month is going strong! We’re reading and that’s the best skill ever! We have until November 30 to count our books. (It looks like I skipped a box on Week 5.) I can’t wait to see our final totals.

As it stands now, 2nd grade is in the lead for a grandparent/parent read in date and Mrs. Breese’s 2nd grade class is in the lead for $250 in new books!! It’s not too late to join in on the fun!

Why Picture Books are Important by author Ruth Sanderson

Reading books with a young child deepens the parent/child bond in a shared routine, often at a special time each day, and this very act can build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading. Picture books contribute to visual literacy as well as early literacy, as conversations about the pictures in a book teach young children how to “read” pictures, ask and answer questions about the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Picture books can be windows into other worlds and other cultures. Picture books can entertain, surprise, and delight young listener/viewers. They inspire a child’s own imagination. A certain book might instill a deep sense of wonder in a child, and expand the child’s known horizons. Other books are mirrors of the child’s own experiences, and the child can relate to the struggle of the character in the story and see how that child solved his/her own problem.

Stories entertain, of course, but also help a child begin to navigate the dangerous waters of our human existence—our frailties, fears, and failures. Fairy tales are especially helpful in this task, as the villains are not real-life scary, but fairy-tale scary. The hero or heroine face impossible tasks, yet persevere, and prevail. One of my favorite books growing up was a Little Golden Book illustrated by Gustaf Tenngren —The Golden Goose. I went on to devour the complete illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tale collection that belonged to my father. I am sure my early exposure to fairy tales and fairy tale illustrations led to my lifelong love of the genre. Longer picture book stories, both non-fiction and fiction (such as fairy tales), present more complex worlds and ideas, continue to enchant and inform older children, and contribute to visual literacy at a more sophisticated level.

Happy reading!
Ms. Jenkins
Your Librarian

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