Reading Aloud Picture Books
Picture books rely equally on the illustrations and the print text to communicate their messages and include picture storybooks and those informational books where the pictures and text complement each other (Huck et al., 1997, p. 198). Although picture books are typically intended for young children, many are now being published that are targeted for older children and adults as well.
Selection of picture books to read aloud is a dual, ongoing process where the two aspects of selection are sometimes completed simultaneously. The first aspect involves developing your repertoire of literary works to be read to audiences. The second aspect involves selection of works from your repertoire for a specific performance.
For people who want to utilize their reading aloud skill exclusively with a singular type of audience, the two aspects of the selection process are usually completed simultaneously. If you are a third-grade teacher, for example, you might select and prepare a specific book to read to your class on a particular day for a specific (perhaps curricular) purpose but simultaneously add that book to your repertoire of books to read to other audiences at other times. However, others (e.g., librarians) may want to develop their talent as readers of literary works to people of a variety of ages. If you are such a person, it