Picture books are a doorway to how we express ourselves: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
Picture books are powerful. They can make us laugh or sigh or cry. They allow us to empathise with the characters - walk in their shoes.
As the reader and audience we need to be able to understand the illustrator and author's purpose and recognize the techniques.
In pairs, choose a picture book at random, then open to a random page. With your partner discuss some of the questions below. Write one of your thoughts down.
What am I looking at?
What does this image mean to me?
How does it make me feel?
What sound does it evoke to me?
What is the relationship between the image and the displayed text message?
How is this illustration/picture effective?
What can you tell from the picture?
What can’t you tell from the picture? What else may be going on?
What do you think the illustrator wants you to feel when you view the picture?
I wonder why…
I can see that…
Reference: Barret. Y, (2016)