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Picture Books
Picture books
Roger McDonald
Chapter Objectives
  • to develop an understanding of the complex nature of picture books
  • to identify the importance of choosing suitable picture books
  • to know the relationship between the words in a text and the pictures
  • to identify how the musicality of picture books can enhance language development and the reading experience.
This Chapter will Cover:
  • the history of picture books
  • the complexity of picture books
  • choosing suitable books
  • how wordless picture books might support early literacy
  • the musicality of picture books and the link between this and early literacy.

It would be easy to take picture books for granted. We find them in nurseries, classrooms, playgroups, newsagents, doctors’ surgeries and even free with certain newspapers. They arguably form part of our lives, to varying degrees, from birth and continue, ...

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