Picture books are ones that contain several illustrations and written mainly for children. The illustrations are just as important, or more so, as the words found on each page. The images used could be from pencil drawings to watercolor to graphic imaging and so much more!
Specifically in the United States, picture books have become so significant that in the late 1930s, the Caldecott Medal was first presented. It continues to be awarded annually to the "most distinguished American picture book for children".
In general, picture books all over the world are such an important aspect in children's lives, reading ability, and overall enjoyment. They can be used for entertaining as well as teachable moments.
There are picture books that fall under non-fiction (i.e. biographies), wordless picture books, retelling of classics, and several others.
For discussion, here are some questions we can think about:
- What did you read?
Describe the genre that your picture book fell under. How did you know it fell under this genre?
Did you enjoy the book?
Was it one you read as a child or did you read it for the first time this month?
Would you recommend this read?