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Fall 2009
ELE 616 Research in Children’s Literature
What is a Picture Book?
What is a picture book? What is an
illustrated or story book? What is the
• A picture book is one in which pictures play a
significant role in telling a story. According to
picture book artist Uri Shulevitz, “a picture
book says in words only what pictures cannot
show”, as in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild
Things Are.
• An illustrated or story book, on the other hand,
is one in which the story is told and understood
in words, but is amplified by illustrations, as in
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
– The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
Frequently Asked Questions
Three types of picture books
1. Wordless books
– rely solely on illustrations to tell a story
2. Picture storybooks
– illustrations and text work together to tell
the story
3. Illustrated books
– the text supplies most of the information but
the illustrations augment what is said or
serve as decoration
Mendoza, J. and Reese, D. Examining
Multicultural Picture Books for the Early
Childhood Classroom: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Reading Pictures
• We librarians [and teachers] can
train ourselves, as adults, to think
in pictures again. Such thinking is
called visual literacy. Developing
visual literacy is much the same as
learning a foreign language.
Gratia J. Banta is a
former Chair of the
Caldecott Medal
– Reading Pictures: Searching for
Excellence in Picture Books
By Gratia J. Banta
• Visual Literacy - What is it?
– The term Visual Literacy, . . . ,
refers to the ability to understand
and produce visual messages.
– Click here to download a sample
teaching program for Visual
Literacy through Picture Books
(pdf) for use with students in
Stages 2&3.
Famous Picture Book Authors
2009 Caldecott Medal Winner
• The House in the Night
– The 2009 Randolph Caldecott
– by Susan Marie Swanson,
illustrated by Beth Krommes
– A timeless good-night book for
the very young, inspired by the
pattern of the traditional poem,
"This is the key of the kingdom”.
Pre-K to Grade 1.
Picture Book Resources
• Every Picture Tells A Story is the foremost
gallery of the Art of Illustration -- children's
book art, fantasy, cartoon and editorial works.
Choose from over 80 of the greatest illustrators
of all time and your favorite characters from
• http://www.everypicture.com
Picture Book Resources
•Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
–is the first full-scale museum in this
country devoted to national and
international picture book art, conceived
and built with the aim of celebrating the
art that we are first exposed to as
children. Through the exploration of
images that are familiar and beloved, it is
the Museum’s goal to foster connections
between visual and verbal literacy and to
provide visitors of all ages and
backgrounds with the confidence to
appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
• http://www.picturebookart.org/
Picture Book Resources
• Looking Critically at Picture Books
– With increasing numbers of picture
books aimed at older and more
sophisticated readers comes the
challenge to teachers and librarians
to make those encounters more
meaningful and enjoyable. . . . Here
are a few of the techniques I've used
with success.
Picture Book Resources
• European Picture Book Collection
– The EPBC was designed to help
pupils to find out more about
their European neighbours
through reading the visual
narratives of carefully chosen
picture books.
• http://www.ncrcl.ac.uk/epbc/EN/index.asp?
Native Americans in picture
• Jingle Dancer by Cynthia
Leitich Smith
– The story of
Jenna, a contemporary
Muscogee(Creek) Ojibwe(Chippewa) girl who,
in bringing together her
regalia, honors the women of
her family and her
intertribal community.
Indian Youth
Award Winner