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Picture books

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My Presentation about Picture Books
a course requirement for LIS 13.

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Picture books

  1. 1. S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT Prepared By: Jahlen M. Tuvilleja III - BLIS
  2. 2. Picture books are very important for young children whose appreciation and interest level far surpass their reading ability. (Huck & Kuhn, 1968) PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT 2
  3. 3. To read a picture book, the child “reads” the picture as the adult/reader reads the accompanying text. The story and illustrations are unified so a child may get the “sense” of the story through the pictures alone. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT 3
  4. 4. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT 4 picture book is a book whose content is expressed through its images… The story told with pictures has a language all its own visual language. Beni Montresor, a 1965 Caldecott Awardee
  5. 5. DEFINITIONS  A book in which the pictures are designed to be an integral part of the text. (Huck & Kuhn, 1968)  A book in which text and illustrations complement each other and work together. (Tyson, 2013) PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  6. 6. DEFINITIONS  A book in which the illustrations are as important as the words in telling the story. Picture books are generally 32 pages long. In picture books, there are illustrations on every page or on one of every pair of facing pages. - Elizabeth Kennedy (2014) Children’s books expert PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  7. 7. DEFINITIONS PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT A book that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. It has a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised. Also, it is one for which children are an intended potential audience. The book displays respect for children’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations. ALA’s (2008)
  8. 8. CHARACTERISTICS Usually 32 pages Pictures on almost every page Text is relatively brief Words & pictures share the responsibility PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  9. 9. TYPESBoard Books For infants and young toddlers often concept books (teaching colors, names of animals, identifying body parts, etc.), simple rhymes or counting games, very simple stories, or wordless books. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  10. 10. TYPESBoard Books Typical lengths are 12-16 pages. Lift-the flaps or novelty books are common (books that make sounds, have different textures, etc.) PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  11. 11. TYPESEarly picture books Very simple stories for ages 2-5 familiar to a child’s everyday life, simple fairy tales, cumulative rhyming books, or concept books that are more sophisticated than board books (such as counting within a story). PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  12. 12. TYPESEarly picture books Texts are short (generally 500 words or less). Books average 32 pages with art on every page. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  13. 13. TYPESStandard picture books Traditionally, picture books are 32-page books for ages 4-8 (this age may vary slightly by publisher). Manuscripts are up to about 1000 words. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  14. 14. TYPESStandard picture books Plots are simple (no sub-plots or complicated twists) with one main character who embodies the child’s emotions, concerns and viewpoint. The illustrations (on every page or every other page) play as great a role as the text in telling the story. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  15. 15. TYPESStandard picture books Occasionally a picture book will exceed 1000 words if the story is more complex; this is usually geared toward the upper end of the age spectrum. Picture books cover a wide range of topics and styles. The list of School Library Journal’s best picture books is a good place to start your research. Nonfiction in the picture book format can go up to age 10, 48 pages in length, or up to about 2000 words of text. PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  16. 16. THEMESFamily Stories Familiar Everyday Experiences Stories of the Country (Province) and City Weather and the Seasons Concept Books Realistic/Fanciful Animal Stories Humorous and Fanciful Picture Books of Other Lands PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  17. 17. Guides for Evaluating Picture Books PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT Factors Questions The Content of the Book  What is the story or content of the book?  In what genre of literature does it belong?  Where/When does it take place?  What theme is presented?  Is the text well written?  For what age group does it seem most appropriate? The Illustrations  Are the pictures made an integral part of the text?  Is the action in the text reflected by action in the pictures?  How do the pictures help create the mood of the story?  Are the pictures accurate and consistent with the text? Authentic?
  18. 18. Factors Questions The Media and Style of Illustrations  What medium or combinations of media have been used (watercolor, chalk, crayon, woodcut, collage, ink)?  Are the colors bright, soft, and varied?  How would you describe the style of illustrating (delicate, vigorous, realistic, stylized, and decorative)? The Format of the Book  What is the size of the book?  Does the cover design convey the spirit of the book?  Is the type design well chosen for the theme and reader of the book?  What is the quality of the paper?  How durable is the binding? Guides for Evaluating Picture Books PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
  19. 19. Guides for Evaluating Picture Books PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT Factors Questions Comparison with others  How is this work similar to or different from other work of the artist? From other books with the same subject or theme?  What comments have the other reviewers made about this book?  What has the artist said about his work?
  20. 20. Why Picture Books? PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT Dr. Kimberly Tyson, 2013
  21. 21. BIBLIOGRAPHY ALSC. (2008). Caldecott Medal - Terms and criteria. Retrieved from ALSC: Association for Library Service to Children: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmed al/caldecottterms/caldecottterms  Backes, L. (2014, February 6). WriteForKids - Children's Book Insider. Retrieved from Understanding Children’s Book Genres: http://writeforkids.org/2014/02/understanding-childrens-book- genres/  Hagar, R. (2013, April 14). Using picture books in the middle school. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/abseconmedia/using- picture-books-in-the-middle-school  Huck, C. S. & Kuhn, D. Y. (1968). Children's Literature in the Elementary School. [New York, US]: Holt Rinehart and Winston, Inc.  Tyson, K. (2013, February 14). {Infographic} 11 Benefits of Picture Books. Retrieved from kimberlytyson: http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/02/11-benefits-of- picture-books/ PICTURE BOOKS | S-LIS 13: LIBRARY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT
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