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Why Use Picture Books With Older Students?

Picture books can be an important teaching tool for any age. They provide a highly visual way to engage students in reading and writing. They deal with almost any topic imaginable, so they can be used in any academic area.  Use the links on the left to explore titles for each subject.

bullet  Due to their brevity and brilliant illustrations, picture books are a literary form enjoyed by people of all ages.

bullet  Concise language combined with lavish illustrations stimulates the imagination.

bullet  Many themes or stories reflect the experiences, concerns and personal issues crucial to older grades.

bullet  Some picture books are written for a more mature audience with sophisticated humor and story lines.

bullet  Picture books can provide or engage background knowledge for many topics of study.

bullet  Picture books can be used as a springboard for discussions.

bullet  Picture books can be used to teach almost every subject within the curriculum.

bullet  Picture books enhance motivation and learning in content subjects more effectively than text books.

bullet  Picture books appeal to visual learners.

bullet  Reading and response time using a picture book is possible in one class period.

bullet  Picture books serve as good models for writing and can be used to study literary elements, story structure, and writing styles.

bullet  Picture books contain proactive issues and moral dilemmas that stimulate critical thinking and discussion.

bullet  Picture books can be used to study differences in genre, in a format accessible to all students.

bullet  Picture books can be used to introduce a novel with a similar theme.

bullet  Picture books can be used to show ways in which illustrations communicate meaning.

bullet  By providing less text and illustrations that carry part of the meaning, picture books can provide scaffolding for special needs students.

bullet  Picture books aid in vocabulary development.

bullet  Reading picture books aloud provides practice in public speaking with nonthreatening material.

bullet  Reading picture books aloud to students provides practice in listening skills.

bullet  Reading picture books aloud to students provides a model of fluent reading.

bullet  Reading picture books aloud to students exhibits the teacher's enthusiasm for literature, which might assist reluctant readers.

bullet  Picture books may cause students to reflect on values and can be used to highlight specific character traits.

bullet  Illustrations in picture books can be used to study different art media and technique.

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