We often associate picture books with children’s books, but as we wrap up celebrations for Australian Reading Hour this year I have had the pleasure of debating this ideal with readers (young and not so young). Just as the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words and picture books offer a unique opportunity for storytelling that can have a profound impact on a reader.
One of my favourite picture books is The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.
Why? Because it affirms that we all hold the potential to leave a creative mark on the world!
I asked a few members of the Library team their most recent favourite picture book (and why!) and here is what they had to say:
Ms Herlinger – The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywald
Why? Because it gives you an entirely new perspective on the world of crayons
Ms Rodrigues – The Very Hungry Zombie by Michael Teitelbaum
Why? It is a funny parody on the infamous original The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Mrs Drayton – The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
Why? Because although it’s written for children, it’s a book that transcends all ages and teaches us all about generosity, the art of giving, love and acceptance.
I also asked Senior School students:
Nick Bouletos 12 MU – The Enemy by Davide Cali & Serge Bloch
Why? Because of its accessibility to both younger and older readers. It portrays some heavy themes with subtlety and poise. A truly enlightening read!
Christyon Hayek 12KE – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Why? Because of its vibrant colours its simplistic yet captivating language, and it’s exhilarating illustration of the metamorphosis of a young caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly
Jordan Gupta 12WJ – Shrek! by William Steig
Why? Because it inspired the BEST movies which have ever been made
What is your favourite picture book?
Stefanie Gaspari, Director of Library Services.