Envisioning experience: the potential of picture books
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The reading of picture books contributes to the development of language skills and literacy. The visual content of the books helps to develop these skills but also enhances the effect of the text, develops children's aesthetic understanding, and provokes emotional response. By studying children who regularly use picture books in classrooms, Barbara Kiefer develops a framework for understanding children's responses to picture books and observes the growth of cognitive and aesthetic responses. Her findings have implications for illustrators, publishers, educators, and librarians.