Most people are familiar with picture books that are aimed at our youngest readers where the artwork is very much a part of the storytelling. These books use basic language to help children develop early reading skills. The pictures provide the action and visual cues that move the story forward. The illustrators creatively use various art mediums to bring life to the words on the page.
This method of storytelling is, also, effectively used in children's biographies. Many authors and illustrators have written exciting, beautiful stories of famous people. These picture book biographies are suited for elementary school children who have a writing assignment or just want to learn about someone. The pictures artfully depict the adventures and heroism of some of our most influential people.
School-aged children should try these books to spark their curiosity or for the next time they have a report due.
September is a big, big month for two very important names in children's literature.
First off we have Roald Dahl, Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and the list goes on.
Roald Dahl's portrait by Quentin Blake, illustrator of Dahl's books.
September 13, 2016 would mark the 100th birthday of the author who penned over 20 children's books. Several went on to become movies, stage plays, operas, movies again, you name it!
Dahl also invented a language called: Gobblefunk. Syosset Library will soon be adding to our shelves a Dahl Dictionary if you are so inclined to study this language.
Our second big Birthday is for everyone's favorite little monkey, Curious George who turns 75 this year.
He looks good for his age!
While George is one of the best known characters in Children's Literature, he was actually the "break out" character in an earlier book of H.A. Rey's. Cecily G. and the Nine Monkey's. Cecily was a giraffe -- that's where her surname initial derives -- and George was actually known as Fifi in this first book. In fact, George isn't known as "George" in every country. In Denmark he is "Peter Pedal", and "Hitomane Kozaru" in Japan, for instance. Actually, his English name was almost NOT George as it was thought it might be offensive to name him after the sitting King of English at the time of publication.
So there was a time when we could have been celebrating 75 years of Curious Zozo. I believe George has a much better ring to it.