“Read” Illustrations To Improve Literacy Skills

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While reading aloud to children is a good thing to do no matter what, there are ways to maximize the impact of a great read-aloud. This resource from PBS Parents recommends “reading” the illustrations in picture books just as much as the actual words of the story. This means saying out loud what the picture looks like – pointing out the colors, shapes, objects and line – and talking about what it all could mean. These actions help children learn to process images and “the language of visual composition,” as well as to help children become more imaginative, creative and expressive. Do you have any research or other best practices you think are worth sharing? If so, let us know using the “Send Us More” button in the News You Can Use section on the Lead With Literacy home page.