Did you know? If not, that's ok - Picture Book Month is a brand new international initiative to designate November as picture book month and encourage people to celebrate literacy through picture books! This initiative was founded by a group of writers and illustrators, including Diane de Las Casas and Katie Davis, who believe that "in this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book." In the Children's Department of Menasha Library, we heartily agree!
We're going to join in the Picture Book Month celebration with a special weekly blog post and a picture book display during the month of November. Each week, we'll post about one of our favorite picture book authors or illustrators. Our special display in the library will include picture books by the featured author or illustrator of the week! We hope you'll join us in this celebration by checking out featured picture books or by simply telling us what YOUR favorite picture books are! You can also visit the Picture Book Month website for more information about this initiative and its founding writers and illustrators as well as for daily blog posts from other authors and illustrators about why picture books are so important for young & emergent readers!
This week, our featured picture book author is one of Miss Kathy's favorites: Lois Ehlert! Lois Ehlert has been both writing AND illustrating picture books for more than 20 years and lives right here in Wisconsin! You'll recognize lots of picture books that she has created, including Color Zoo, Planting a Rainbow, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Growing Vegetable Soup for starters! To learn more about her work as a children's book illustrator and author, watch this video interview with Ms. Ehlert on the Reading Rockets website and check out some of her picture books right here in the Children's Room! Happy picture book reading!