Human beings are wired to process life through stories. This is particularly true of children. We adults give stories to children as a matter of course, but most of us don’t take children’s literature seriously enough.
Picture books are an especially powerful form of story. Picture books are handed to an audience that is inexperienced, impressionable, and wired to imitate whatever they see. Moreover, because picture books are so short, they are often read over and over, easily fostering a deep relationship between the content and the child.
Most of you were influenced by the stories adults gave you in your formative years. Directly or indirectly, they answered some of the questions children are designed to wonder about.
“What should I do when I’m afraid? How do I know what is true? Is it OK to lie? When should I follow others, and when should I go it alone? What happens when adults fail? How do normal families treat