Picture books are like art galleries to a child that open them to a connection with the world through beauty. Recent studies suggest there has been a decline in wild nature imagery in picture books, perhaps because we live in increasingly built environments. In addition, here is also a trend to graduate kids earlier from pictures into reading chapter books. Yet, as important as reading is, it is crucial for kids to spend time with quality content contained in images as their minds develop. Images, especially of animals and nature, are powerful, appealing to the emotions and the deep nonverbal processing of the right brain. Science picture books do more than offer facts and information--that's for later. Pictures can provide a basis for a world-view, a sense of intimacy with the environment and the human presence in it that stays in the mind throughout later life.
–Presented at the Tucson Festival of Books, MArch 10, 2012