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November is a BIG month around here and throughout the blogosphere. Not only is National Novel Writing Month and Picture Book Idea Month going on, but another equally (if not more so) event is occurring for the first time ever…

Obviously, this is a huge event around here. Our family reads a number of picture books daily and being involved in an event that can promote the continuation of such an activity not only our home, but everywhere is important to me. In the recent past the picture book has been scrutinized and many have gone as far as stating that it’s nearing it’s demise. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I firmly state, along with my other Picture Book Month supporters and participants, that the picture book is here to stay and is alive & kicking! Sure, there are new forms of media that enable readers to enjoy picture books in a variety of formats from print to digital, but if anything it’s helped to broaden it’s range & availability.

So, why do I love picture books? It’s simple, because they gave me the ability to communicate with my son at a time when I wasn’t sure that I’d ever move beyond that. Many of my readers know that the Turkeybird (my now four year old son) has hyperlexia, a form of autism that enabled him to speak & read words before he could fathom the true meaning behind them. Beyond reading from books at eighteen months of age he rarely said a word. I attribute much of his success and ability to communicate now with the amount of time we spent pouring over picture book after picture book after picture book. And you know what? I loved every minute of it, and still do!

Picture books are important to me because of their ability to communicate the things in our hearts when often there is no other way. They can make you laugh, cry, reflect, love, feel sadness, and so much more. I could hardly imagine my life without them. In fact, if I didn’t have them I’m not sure my life would be what it is today. So yes, picture books are important to me in a way that’s personal and empowering.

This month I’ll be celebrating by attempting to share a picture book review every day during the month of November as well as offer some wonderful giveaways, interviews and as always I’ll be hosting my continuing Read-To-Me Picture Book Challenge. Please try to visit and participate here as well as at the central hub, Picture Book Month, to find some other fantastic participants and sponsors for this wonderful event!

Now, with all of that said I have one question for my readers…

Why is the picture book important to you?

8 Responses to Just Floating In: Picture Book Month

  1. Chloe says:

    Because like you, I love sharing books with my son. They create so many talking points with him that otherwise wouldn’t come up in our day to day conversation, and there is nothing better in the world than sitting with him in bed in his pj’s sharing a book together before bedtime.

  2. Deb Marshall says:

    Picture books have been in my life all my life. As a child I loved pouring over the pictures and hearing the words. There was something magical about experiencing a story like that. As an adult picture books became a vital part (of course) to my library programming and I used them to engage kids of all ages (yes, teens, too!) everything from SHEEP IN A JEEP to DUCKAT to AN ORDINARY DAY to THE TREASURE. And as a parent they were the night time fodder…a pile of books before bed. Grandparent me now plays a role in stocking the shelves of the grandkids and my kids share, every night, a “pile of bedtime books’, exposing the grand kiddos to a world rich in language and art-so important for growing literacy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inviting us to add ours. Happy Picture Book Month!

  3. I can’t wait to share picture books with my little one.

  4. Tara Lazar says:

    The picture book houses a special kind of magic not seen in any other art form. The words and illustrations are greater than the sum of their parts. The best artwork being produced in the world today is in picture books. You can travel anywhere via a picture book. I’m much older than the recommended age range, but I never stopped reading them, and I don’t intend to, ever.

  5. Teresa says:

    I had no idea that it was picture book month. I like sharing them with monkey because I get to explore his extensive imagination right along with him. There is nothing like the wonder I see in his eyes when we are exploring a new book.

  6. Pussreboots says:

    Picture books serve so many purposes in my life. They give me half an hour to connect with my children. They provide me ways of introducing them to new subjects in informative but entertaining ways. They are often times works of art. They makes us laugh, cry and think.

  7. I truly got tears in my eyes from this quote: “Picture books are important to me because of their ability to communicate the things in our hearts when often there is no other way.”

    Thank you so much for sharing your “story” about picture books. They are an art all of their own.

  8. Elisabeth says:

    You inspired me, not only to get my butt back on the blogging train, but to also try to post one review of a picture book per day (so far I have been successful, but I’m getting married Friday and will be going on an 11-day honeymoon, then two days later is Thanksgiving when we’ll be going out of town so I’m not sure I’ll be able to schedule THAT many postings before then :/)!
    THANK YOU!! :))

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