November is now National Picture Book Month. We’re excited to be celebrating this important month here at Barrow. Students in every grade are tracking how many picture books they can read or listen to during the month. Each grade level has a recording sheet (see below) to track their books. As students participate, they will earn a certificate, bookmark, and their name will be put into a drawing for free reading-related prizes, including picture books. Also, students will be creating picture book posters to display in the media center and writing and recording book reviews of their favorite picture books. Teachers will be guests on our morning broadcast show to book talk some of their favorite books. I’m sure that even more exciting things will develop as we dive into this fun month. Join us in our celebration and feel free to share some of your favorite picture books in the comments section of this post.
Authors and Illustrators Team to Create Picture Book Month
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“I have always believed that literature begins in the cradle — the poems we say to the babies, the stories
we tell them — prepare them to become part of the great human storytelling community. We humans are
the only creatures in the known universe who make and remake our world with story.” – Jane Yolen from
her Picture Book Month essay
The New York Times declared, “Picture Books No Longer A Staple for Children” in an article
published in October 2010. The controversial article incited a barrage of responses from the children’s
book industry, many in defense of the venerable picture book. In addition, the digital age has ushered in
an unprecedented amount of ebooks and, with devices like the iPad, the color Nook, and the Kindle Fire,
picture books are being converted to the digital format.
Thus, Picture Book Month was born. Founder Dianne de Las Casas decided it was time to
celebrate picture books in their printed format so she created an initiative to designate November as
“Picture Book Month.” Katie Davis, Elizabeth Dulemba, Tara Lazar, and Wendy Martin came on board
to champion the cause and spread the word. A logo was designed by Joyce Wan. A website
(www.picturebookmonth.com) was created to feature essays from “Picture Book Champions,” thought
leaders in the children’s literature community. Each day in November, a new essay will be posted from
such notable contributors as Suzanne Bloom, Denise Fleming, Leslie Helakoski, Eric A. Kimmel, Tammi
Sauer, Dan Yaccarino, and Jane Yolen.
Better World Books and organizations like Scholastic Book Fairs Philippines are lending their
support. The website will also feature links to picture book resources, authors, illustrators, and kidlit book
bloggers. In addition, parents, educators, and librarians can download the theme calendar to help them
plan their picture book celebrations and access picture book activities.
Join the celebration! Visit www.picturebookmonth.com.