11-06-16-cio-november-is-national-picture-book-month-partner-fbThe James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. is celebrating November as Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book.

The Picture Book Month website, http://picturebookmonth.com/, will feature a new post from a picture book champion every day in November discussing why picture books are important.

Picture books are unique in that the illustrations are as important as the text and they both work together to tell the story. When parents share picture books with children, they can discuss the artwork on the pages to enhance their reading experience. Research shows that picture books help young children understand that words convey meaning, well before they are aware of the text. Books can help young children identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, as well as names of people, places, animals and everyday objects.

Celebrating picture books is just one way the library supports the PA Forward basic literacy initiative, which believes that libraries can support Pennsylvania residents to give literacy tools to our youngest members of society. Research shows that by age 3, children from privileged families have heard 30 million more words than children from underprivileged families; this measure even predicts third-grade school achievement.

The Brown Library staff is committed to finding the right book for the right child at the right time, so stop in and check out our picture book selection. There are no fines and fees on children’s library cards, so come by and help us celebrate picture books all month long.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.