Of course, I’m prejudiced, my passion and my job are to write and illustrate children’s picture books.
But why do I feel they are so important for children? We all want what is best for our children, picture books start the process of learning and appreciating art at a very young age.
The illustrations in Picture books help very young children understand the story and encourage them to use their imagination to expand beyond the story.
As children start to learn to read on their own, the pictures help with comprehension and to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar words. The stories in picture books are not necessarily simpler than chapter books, in fact, they are richer because the pictures can tell a lot of the details of the story.
Picture books help children to explore interesting words in language, rhythm and rhyme at an early age. Repetition allows a child to anticipate words and actions, so they become a part of the story. Not only do children hear the story, they see the illustrations and touch the pages. They become excited that they can guess what an upcoming action or sound will be.
Picture books nurture, they can teach useful tools for dealing everyday life. When a child reads and sees a picture book about a child or young animal dealing with an age-appropriate problem, they learn about problem-solving and cause and effect.
Picture books allow a very close relationship between child and parent or grandparent and child. Picture books are the perfect prop to make together-time and reading time, a special time to look forward to. A time to relax and settle down for bedtime. There is little pressure with picture books, the stories are meant to be fun and interactive.
If you have written a children’s book, contact me we can talk. I illustrate picture books for other authors.