In the newly released book, Reading Picture Books With Children, by Megan Dowd Lambert, (Charlesbridge 2015), Lambert introduces The Whole Book Approach-an alternative to traditional story time.
Instead of reading books TO children, she emphasizes using the picture book as a visual art form, engaging children to participate in what they see and hear.
The chapters are broken down into the different parts of a picture book that make up the whole. The author gives examples of questions to ask students that engage them into looking beyond the surface of what they see. Some of the chapters include information on trim size and orientation, jackets and covers, endpapers, front matter, typography, page design, as well as other artistic and design choices that were made to compliment the story. These design elements might not be seen or realized at first glance, and coaxes the reader to explore them further.
The whole book approach can be used by parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians and even authors and illustrators when doing school presentations.
As the book cover says, “shake up story time and get kids talking about what they see.”
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