For me there's nothing quite like sitting down to share a story with my children, and especially a story with beautiful illustrations.
Reading picture books together creates a lovely opportunity to communicate in a truly unique way, an interactive way. The illustrations and the text of a book are, in my opinion, of equal importance. However, it is the pictures that offer us the natural pauses in our storytelling, they give us time. By looking at each page, we have the time to really think about the story. The time for discussion. The time to ask questions like: What has happened in the story? What do we think is going to happen? How does the story make us feel? Of course, now my children are a little bit older, they have their own questions too. Plenty of questions in fact!
So it really saddens me that many people view picture books inferior to chapter books for children. Picture books should not be underestimated, they can make for a truly magical storytelling experience. Or simply an interesting conversation between a mum and her three kids!
In celebration of beautiful picture books, I've selected six that we have already reviewed as part of our 366 books in 366 days reading challenge. These six books were totally new to us at the start of our challenge. They are brimming with amazing illustrations that make us smile. I hope they make you smile too!