When we think of children’s literature our minds naturally go to the picture book. You may have fond memories of beautiful illustrations, the textures of the physical book, or the interplay of words and images. You may recall the experience of being in a classroom and waiting to get a clear view of the picture when a teacher read aloud. Maybe you’ve read a particular story over and over again to a child in your life.
Picture books come in many varieties and for ages from 0-100. They can have text or no text. Whenever we read a picture book, we are reading the images just as much as any text. Just as we learn to read words, we also learn to read images.