Picture books have only emerged as a more frequently published art form since the 1970s. Picture books are those where the images extend and enrich the story, rather than simply showing it in picture format.
The Children’s Book Council describes this genre as one “in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity”. A good picture book demands your time and provides great pleasure as you discover the wider world of the story being told. Picture books are a format and as such should not always be considered books for beginning readers; many a picture book provides a strong social commentary that would be inappropriate for our youngest developing readers.
In keeping with 2016 Book Week theme of Australia! Story Country, here are some of my favourite picture books:
This year the CBCA short list has included the following picture books in their shortlist:
The list is endless but we hope you take the time to enjoy just one.
Mrs Leesa Merifield, Head of Learning (Information Literacy & Middle Years Academic Progression) and
Mrs Kym Oestreich, Teacher Librarian Early and Junior Years