Celebrate Picture Book Month

Submitted by CCCL_AmyM

Picture books help to build young readers one glossy page at a time, and a good picture book is a work of art combining just the right illustrations with just the right words and placing them all together for an enjoyable reading experience. There is nothing simple about the benefits of reading picture books with young (and not so young) children. Picture books cultivate an appreciation for art while strengthening a child's visual skills. Before a child can read the words they learn to read the pictures to understand the story. Picture books help children learn about the structure of a story while building their vocabulary and comprehension. Picture books can tell simple and familiar stories or very complex and serious stories, and children are exposed to the big world around them. The most important aspect of picture books is how they are shared. They are meant to be a shared experience between a child, or a group of children, and a trusted adult. Reading books together builds a bond that is very special and unique. 

Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with your favorite people and enjoy new and old picture book favorites. Join Contra Costa County Library in celebrating November 2021 as Picture Book Month. During the month you will be able to enter a drawing at your local library to win an autographed copy of Dan Santat's book, "The Cookie Fiasco." We are also thrilled that Dan Santat will join us for a virtual Zoom event on Thursday, December 2 at 4:00 pm. Register for this event to receive the Zoom information. 

If you need any help finding great titles the Youth Services Librarians have created some brand new booklists. Place your holds and pick them up at your local library today:

Picture Books by Featured Author/Illustrator Dan Santat

Picture Books Celebrating Imaginary Friends

Stories that Rhyme

Distinguished and Outstanding Picture Books

Scrumptious Picture Books Featuring Cookies

Picture Books Made Into Movies

Picture Books You Play Along With

Also please join Library staff for Online Storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am. The virtual storytimes feature picture book read alouds and are hosted on Facebook and YouTube.  

What new treasures will you discover during Picture Book Month? We'd love to hear about your favorites! 

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