Picture Perfect

Picture books have always held a special place in my heart. Combine lush illustrations with rhyming prose and I’m hooked.

Takeoffs are golden

I get the most joy as an artist from creating compositions that tell stories. The artwork in my series “Tails of Imagination” is a collection of self-contained stories that the viewer gets to imagine as they look at each image. As the series grew from a few paintings to dozens, setting these images to “words” seemed like a natural next step.

When I began creating my own picture book, “Tails of Imagination – Ordinary Pets, Extraordinary Adventures“, I started to wonder why I was so enamored with picture books in general. I made a long list of reasons and since I’m practicing to become a better writer, I whittled the list down to a few key points.

  • Picture books bring kids willingly into the difficult task of learning to read.
  • Clever and engaging illustrations prompt a child to ask the important questions: Who? What? Where? Why, and How?
  • Picture books offer a multi-layer way to engage with a story, giving young children a chance to create good reading habits even before they have the skills or vocabulary to read independently.
  • The act of listening as a book is read aloud helps a child to become a good listener.

Here’s a great video presented during Picture Book month (November), that sums it up nicely:

Why do you love picture books? What are your favorites? Please share in the comments below!


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1 Response to Picture Perfect

  1. A great illustration Angela. Anything that brings children to reading is good, anything that makes them enjoy it rather than endure it is better.
    I think with a video game a child gets to use what someone else’s imagination has created whereas a book helps them use their own imagination and bring things to life. I’m sure the most successful people in life are those who’ve developed an magination and have probably been readers.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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