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Title: Picture Books

Picture Books
  • Meng Meng
  • Jul.17.2013

  • Definition
  • Function
  • Development
  • Feature
  • Types
  • Wordless picture books

  • A picture book is a book designed for children,
    which uses pictures and illustrations to tell a
    story. In some cases, a picture book may convey
    the meaning of the story entirely through
    pictures, without any text at all. In other
    cases, text accompanies the pictures and is read
    along with them. In both instances, the picture
    book is designed to introduce young children to
    the idea of books and reading. As a general rule,
    each turn of the page reveals a new picture, or
    series of pictures.

  • Picture books have two basic functions.
  • They introduce young children to books, as
    parents read to them from the time they are
    infants. As a child matures, they learn to read
    the books themselves.
  • Although they're geared for young children, some
    picture books are designed for older kids.
  • Teachers sometimes use picture books to teach
    creative writing, prompting students to write
    sentences about what they see in the pictures.
    They also are used by parents and teachers as
    tools for discussing important topics.??

Development of Picture Books
  • 1. History of picture books
  • Illustrated books of poems and short stories
    paved the way for the first picture books. A few
    English illustrators, whose books had more
    pictures than words, included Randolph Caldecott,
    Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway in the late
    1800s. In 1902, Beatrix Potter's classic, "The
    Tale of Peter Rabbit," was published, which
    resembled the picture book format. Along with
    changes in technology, the format of a picture
    book has adapted changes in art technologies,
    including digital art. Also, as events in history
    have shaped the world, picture books have
    addressed multicultural issues.??

Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother and goes to Mr.
McGregor's garden instead of going to pick
blackberries with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail.
Mr. McGregor tries to catch Peter, but he
escapes. To get home safely, Peter must run past
Mr. McGregor and get to the gate. He slips safely
under the gate, but he has lost his jacket and
his shoes. He runs home, where his mother puts
him to bed and gives him a dose of chamomile
  • 2. Todays picture books
  • It is written for children of all ages, even
  • The work for older readers may deal with complex
    subjects and may have visual texts-pictures that
    show something that varies or that is quite
    different from the written text.

  • The nature and scope of picture book is changing
    with the result that many which are published
    today have wide appeal from young children to
    young adult.
  • Picture books with sophisticated content, more
    complex text, art and realistic themes of
    interest to teens and young adults are being
    published in increasing numbers.

  • Entering the information age, picture books have
    benefited from advances in printing and
    mechanical production techniques with the result
    that illustrators are able to be more creative
    than ever before.
  • The technology has had enormous impact on
    children's book because it released artist from
    the limitations of illustrating with only a few
    techniques and colors into a bold new capability
    they were able to illustrate in any medium they

  • The typical picture book has 24 to 32 pages.
    Although most picture books are fictional,
    focusing on themes such as animals and
    traditional literature, others deal with
    realistic stories and information (nonfictional)
    topics. While the typical picture book has only a
    few words to accompany each illustration, some
    have no text at all.??

Different Types of Picture Books
  • Toy books--includes board books, pull-tab books,
    flap books, pop-up books, cloth book and plastic
  • Concept books--foster visual literacy and
    language development in children. These includes
    books based on colors, shapes, numbers and the
  • Wordless books --help children develop language
    and narrative skills. In wordless books text is
    absent or minimal, so children apply meaning to
    the story and no two stories will ever be the

  • Easy readers--are children's books that fall
    between picture books and early chapter books.
    These books have a grown-up look to them, making
    a child feel like they are reading books like
    their parents or siblings.
  • Alphabet booksa primarily designed for young
    children. It presents letters of the alphabet
    with corresponding words or /and images. Some
    alphabet books feature capitals and lower case
    letter forms, keywords beginning with specific
    letters or illustration of keywords.
  • Picture story books--any picture book where the
    text and pictures work together to tell a story.
    They are the most popular and plentiful of the
    picture books. Many of the popular bedtime
    stories fall into this category.

Wordless Picture Books
  • 1.Definition
  • A book with no words. It helps children develop
    language and narrative skills. In wordless books
    text is absent or minimal, so children apply
    meaning to the story and no two stories will ever
    be the same.

  • Wordless books often promote more discussion than
    books with words, which leads to better
    comprehension. Teachers tend to focus on, and
    appreciate, the details in the pictures more in
    these types of books. They also encourage the
    introduction of new vocabulary, help develop
    storytelling skills and present many
    opportunities to practice writing.

  • 2.Characteristics
  • contain only pictures and little or no text.
  • depend entirely on carefully sequenced
    illustrations to present the story. The
    illustrations must be highly narrative.
  • Although wordless picture books are generally
    aimed at preschoolers (aged 4 to 6), some of them
    are also intended for older children because they
    contain complex plot structures, subtle imagery,
    and sophisticated tone.

  • Can they be considered literature?

  • Many wordless picture books contain familiar
    literary elements, including plot, point of view,
    theme, character, setting, and tone. Thus, they
    can help children develop linguistic and
    storytelling skills.
  • Since wordless picture books require an oral
    response from the "reader", they play an
    important role in the development of positive
    reading habits and attitudes among children.

3.Use wordless picture books in class
  • Encourage Discussion
  • Introduce New Vocabulary
  • Appreciate the Visual Story
  • Encourage Storytelling
  • Learn About Story Structure and Sequencing
  • Practice Comprehension Skills
  • Inspire Writing

4.Examples of wordless picture storybooks
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is about a little
    boy who builds a snowman which magically comes to
    life. The boy shows him his cozy home, which the
    snowman is fascinated to discover, and then the
    snowman introduces the boy to his wintry world.

  • The Lion the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney was the
    2010 Caldecott Award Winner. It is an adaption of
    an Aesop fable and contains vivid artwork of the
    African Serengeti with expressively-drawn, but
    still realistic, animals. A ferocious lion spares
    the life of an adventurous mouse. The mouse finds
    a way of returning the favor by freeing him from
    a poacher's trap. The few words in the book tend
    to be onomatopoetic.

  • When it comes to simplicity, acclaimed artist
    Suzy Lee knows how to make it work. This entire
    book is not only wordless, but its illustrated
    in just two colors. Created entirely in water
    color, Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl
    who spends the day at the beach. She encounters
    plenty of the things youd imagine she would
    and some you might not think of. This is a sweet,
    simple, uplifting book thats chock full of joy
    and laughter. Its a perfect book to look at
    right before bedtime, or in the car on the way to
    a wonder-filled vacation.

  • Tuesday by David Wiesner. One mysterious night a
    squadron of frogs rise on their lily pads and
    float across the night sky, exploring the nearby
    houses while their inhabitants sleep. As morning
    approaches, the frogs return to their pond,
    leaving their lily pads scattered around the
    street, to the bewilderment of the police. This
    1992 Caldecott Award Winner is a beautiful and
    humorous book, illustrated with rich watercolors
    cleverly depicting the moonlit night.

  • Watch the video version firstly and then use the
    wordless picture book---Tuesday to tell a story

  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picture_book
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