But is that why picture books are "important"?
Every art form can safely claim to be important on its own merits. Picture Books can claim an additional layer of importance because of WHO reads them and WHY they are so eagerly embraced.
Many are the reasons to pick up a Picture Book:
- literacy of all forms
- an opportunity to bond with the adult reader
but matters most is the emotional connection that picture books make to their very young readers by showing them characters who:
- feel as they do
- face the crises they've faced in similar circumstances
- acknowledge and validate their struggles
Picture book readers, however, are only beginning to experience and comprehend their own feelings and the process can be overwhelming. Love? Jealousy? Anger? Isolation? Fear? Excitement?