If you are thinking of publishing a picture book of your very own, you should know that illustrations are a key element of a children’s book. But why are they key elements? What makes them so important? Why should you take the book illustration process as seriously as possible? Here are 5 Reasons why illustrations are important for children’s books.
1. They help get kid’s attentions
It is a well-known fact that most kids have very short attention spans, and it is a real pain to get them to focus on something. And it is even more difficult to get them to read anything. This is where children’s book illustrations come in handy. By using well drawn illustrations, you will be able to capture your young reader’s attentions. Your illustrations will also help the kids to be fully immersed in the story. Overall, the more well drawn your illustrations, the more engrossed your young readers will be of the story.
2. Compels kids to be more artistic
Aside from helping kids to focus on the story, the illustrations can also inspire kids to be more artistic. This is because illustrations are every visually stimulating. And seeing as kids are very impressionable seeing beautiful illustrations can influence them to be more artistic and even instill in them the dream of being artists. So if you want your kids to be more artistic, it always pays to have them read children’s books.
3. Helps kids learn how to read
One of the main reasons why parents have their kids read children’s books is the fact that they want them to learn new things. Luckily there are a myriad of children’s books out there that can help a child expand his or her mind. But as it was stated earlier, kids have very short attention spans. And most kids don’t really take too well to text based reading. This is especially if the child is very young and cannot even read yet. This is where illustrations get really handy. With the help of well-drawn illustrations, a young child can still comprehend certain aspects of the children’s book and could at least gain a rudimentary understanding of the story. And with the help of illustrations, parents can also make reading comprehension a lot easier for their kids.
4. Helps instill essential skills to kids
As it was stated earlier, illustrations are very effective in teaching kids how to read. But aside from reading, they can also help kids learn essential skills. This is because illustrations are visually stimulating and can make the learning process so much effective and efficient. Take for example a children’s book teaching kids how to cross the street. If you just write your instructions, some kids won’t be able to get the gist of it. But if you accompany your instructions with well-made illustrations, it will make the learning process so much easier and interactive. All in all, if you want to teach kids essential skills through a children’s book, you should really use illustrations.
5.It makes reading so much more fun
Aside from the instructional advantages that illustrations give to children’s book, yet another reason why children’s books should have illustrations, is the fact that they make reading so much more fun. They give color and form to the words in the book. They make reading so much more interactive and help the child know what the setting and the characters look like. All in all, illustrations are an essential element of children’s book for a very good reason. So they should be of the best quality possible.