By Jacqueline Grima
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival are pleased to announce the launch of a new project by our friends at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CPLE) called Power of Pictures. The project has been created with the help of a whole host of children’s artists and illustrators.
The Arts Council funded project involves ten talented picture book creators working in conjunction with primary school teachers to develop their understanding of the process of creating picture books. The project also aims to develop the literacy skills of primary school children.
After some careful research, the project’s organisers have found that the use of picture books have a profound impact on children’s learning with many children who use them going on to develop stronger literacy skills and greater independence in their reading. Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive of CLPE, said:
“Reading and creating picture books is a complex process requiring intense reading and writing stamina. Visual literacy is not an obvious part of the National Curriculum yet it offers such rich learning in terms of extending children’s inference, deduction and knowledge of well-crafted narrative structure. The Power of Pictures gives teachers the tools to understand this process from the perspective of the professionals who create the texts.”
The project, and associated website, were launched at an event which included a speech and illustrations by children’s laureate Chris Riddell. The event also featured workshops by authors and illustrators such as Ed Vere and Alexis Deacon.
To find out more about Power of Pictures and the resources available, visit the website.