This is why for me picture books are not just important; they’re essential. About thirty percent of the books the imprint publishes are fully-illustrated, working with a group of artists that include the incomparable Shaun Tan and Kate Beaton, well-known masters such as Richard Egielski, David Small, and Komako Sakai, and talented illustrators at the start of their careers such as Tony Piedra, Caroline Hadilaksono and Jean Kim. They help us understand each other In 2015, his nonfiction picture book Tricky Vic was selected by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. Represented for books by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary, “Picture books provide excellent scenarios for word problems, using a plot line and characters that students know and relate to.”(from Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013). The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Please keep fighting the good fight and let us all create a more beautiful world. Need to control the pacing? Little kids love them Author and illustrator visits introduce students to the work and the job that creators of books experience. The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen, Why Picture Books Are Important by Javaka Steptoe. Allot a free reading and writing time for students to create their own stories, real or imagined. Have them write their own story of living in the city or in the country. We create a shared experience that is safe, and fun, and warm. Founder, Dianne de Las Casas (author & storyteller) www.diannedelascasas.com, and Co-Founders, Katie Davis (author/illustrator) katiedavis.com, Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator) www.dulemba.com, Tara Lazar (author) taralazar.wordpress.com, and Wendy John Couret is the CEO of Write Hook Media. His followers look forward to his daily quotes, which are posted to his social media platforms. Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. “Picture books help visualize what they are reading and make sense of the content which is a big component in spatial learning and problem solving.” (from Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide: Why Picture Books Belong in Our Classrooms by Marcie Colleen, 2013). Here are 12 reasons why I think picture books are important. Weslandia by Paul Fleischman About Edna Cabcabin Moran Category: National Picture Book Month. I can’t wait! But a picture book that gets to the ROOT of these primal emotions? We met at a local Cuban restaurant and immediately hit it off. After college, Greg spent two years as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCORPS from 2005-2006.