Monday, July 28, 2008

NOT JUST FOR KIDS: Picture Books As Tools for Visual Literacy

Picture books are often located in a library's "easy" or "everybody" section of children's books. People often think they are just for beginning readers. Not so! The stories in some of the best of these "picture" or "illustrated" books can be surprisingly complex and suitable enough to challenge the comprehension skills of middle school students. Careful selection is a must, however, age appropriate titles can become a wonderful vehicle to instill an appreciation for the elements of visual literacy. As the reader blends together text and its interpretive illustrations new levels of meaning can emerge. The Caldecott Award for the best in children's book illustration is an excellent starting place and this site about visual literacy.

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