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Parent Questions and Answers

Should I cover the pictures as I read with my child?

This is a good question.  I would say no, don’t cover the pictures because they add so much value to the story!  The illustrator worked as hard as the author to contribute meaning to the book.  The illustrations are a great way to look at a book with a child before you begin to read the words.  Talk about the pictures and ask the child, “What do you think this means?”  Or say, “This looks interesting!”  The pictures make the story richer and even more meaningful.  There are also wonderful “wordless books” that tell marvelous stories entirely through the pictures and spark a child’s imagination (an adult’s too!).  The artwork in a child’s book is an invitation.

Happy Reading!  From Teresa in Albany, NY – (a long-time educator)