Children's Literature

Instructor: Chi-Fen Emily Chen, Ph.D. 陳其芬

Department of English, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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Picture Books

 Please read Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 from Russell, D. L. (2005). Literature for children: a short introduction.

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Introduction

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?"  

                        ~ From Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

 

This unit introduces a variety of picture books, including wordless picture books, toy books, alphabet books, counting books, concept books, and storybooks.  Picture storybooks are the main focus.     

 

  What are picture books?

  • Picture books are profusely illustrated books in which both words and illustrations contribute to the story's meaning. Illustrations in picture books are integral to the story, providing actual plot or concept information as well as clues to character traits, settings, and moods.

  • Picture books are written in all genres. They have illustrations on every page or at least every other page. As a general rule, picture books are 32 pages long.

  • Books with occasional illustrations that serve to break up or decorate the text or add interest are not picture books; they are called illustrated books. Illustrations in these books are incidental or nonessential to the content.

(cited in Lynch-Brown, C. & Tomlinson, C. 2005. Essentials of Children’s Literature, 5th edition, p. 76)

 

  Watch "Introduction to Picture Storybooks" powerpoint slides