Reading Picture Books With Children
Traditional storytimes engage children with books, stories, and art, but sometimes they can be a passive experience for kids, placing the adult reader in the role of entertainer or sage. With the Whole Book Approach, picture book expert and educator Megan Dowd Lambert proposes an exciting alternative model- one that focuses on the picture book as a visual art form and invites children to become active participants in making meaning of all they see and hear during a shared reading. The dynamic discussions that result from these storytimes range from the profound to the hilarious and will inspire adults to make children's responses to text, art, and design an integral part of storytime. Developed during the author's graduate work in children's literature at Simmons College and in conjunction with her work at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Whole Book Approach is a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.