Evaluating Picture Books

Text Is the text effective and appropriate for the intended audience? Does is flow well when read aloud? Are there pleasing sounds, rhythms, patterns? If it rhymes, does it do so effectively? Do the pages turn in the right places? How does the story unfold? Are there elements that allow readers to predict what might […]

Understanding Art in Picture Books


When pictures and story combine, interact, and work together to support and enhance the reader experience, magic happens. What do we look for when we read, evaluate, and review picture books? What are the typical elements reviewers need to critique? Many librarians consider themselves literary experts. We know how to read, evaluate, and discuss text. […]