2021 Importance of Picture Books

Are picture books important? YES!

Pictures can enhance stories and support reading skills. They can help the reader to visualise the characters, setting and action in a story.
Picture books can support young readers to learn foundational reading skills like:
  • Concepts of Print – how to hold a book, turning pages, reading top to bottom/left to right and
  • understanding that printed words have meaning.
  • Language and comprehension skills – understanding words, sentences and stories.
  • Letter Knowledge – recognising capital and lowercase letters.
  • Phonological awareness – understanding that sentences are made of words and words are
  • made of syllables and sounds.
  • Language and comprehension skills – understanding words, sentences and stories.

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How to use picture books:
  • Encourage children to answer questions about what is happening in pictures/stories.
  • Ask children to retell stories and tell their own stories.
  • Explain and explore new words and concepts.
  • Encourage critical thinking skills such as predicting what might happen next.
  • Engage in conversation about stories and relate to your child’s experiences.

How do children develop alphabet knowledge?

Reading requires mastery of sounds represented by printed letters and letter combinations.
Developing strong letter recognition and letter/sound correspondence is important when
learning to read.

Activities to do at home include:

Play with alphabet blocks, magnets or cards representing letters and sounds.
  • Read books aloud.
  • Help your child to identify letters during everyday activities.
  • Sing the alphabet song while looking at and pointing to the letters
  • Keep an eye out for more tips about communication and learning from me in future newsletters.
Ashlee Hamilton (Speech Pathologist – School Based)
ahamilton@bne.catholic.edu.au