Every Friday afternoon, at 1:00pm, our Strong Start families come to the Kent School library for a story read-aloud. You will find us sitting on the carpet getting as close as we can to the pictures; reading words, touching pictures and asking questions. This week we read A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which tells a lovely story of friendship and care of a sick friend. The soft pastel illustrations earned artist Erin Stead the prestigious Caldecott Medal for best picture book illustration in 2010. Take a close look and you will see why.
The very best picture books combine print and illustration for a true literary experience. Commonly set at a mere 32 pages, picture books draw the reader in and lead them on a journey which may be familiar or wildly imaginative. Sharing picture books with a child can be a fun pastime, a relaxing daily routine, and a surefire way to build language and understanding of how books work.
Picture books are located in the Easy Books [E] area of the library. Not all picture books are intended for young readers and some will call picture books [E] for Everyone. Many fine authors and illustrators write for an older audience and use the picture book form to weave a story of text and illustration telling more complex stories. Try these two books for a start...
Chris Van Alsburg's Jumanji, and
Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine.
Happy reading !