Picture books matter to children.
When I was a teacher, I watched preschool children listen ardently to picture book stories read aloud. Children were affected emotionally by these stories and illustrations in a similar way that adults are affected by good fiction. I saw 2, 3, 4 , 5 year old children clutch their favorite picture books to their hearts along with their ”blankies.”
I have seen this at the library as well. After I’ve read aloud at a story hour, a child will scramble to get her hands on that one picture book which spoke to her. She will want to check it out and take it home, to be read again and again.
A picture book can help children deal with life as they recognize themes of fear at night, being lost, missing a parent, loving a special toy–and sense that their emotion or problem is shared.
Remember The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack? Crow Boy by Taro Yashima? Owl Babies by Martin Waddell?
How about Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems, No David! by David Shannon.
Picture books DO make a difference in a child’s life.