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A Study on Visual Literacy for Picture Books: Implications for Librarians Providing Reader’s Advisory Services

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ABSTRACT

Picture books, as a genre, are characterized by conveyance of ideas through linguistic texts, visual texts, and the complementary interactions between them. The writer of a picture book develops and delivers his or her ideas with textual contents written in a unique style, while the artist conveys the writer’s ideas through pictures where things, objects, and figures are imbued with various emotions. Understanding a picture in a picture book requires an understanding of both the structure shown on the surface and the underlying structure that adapts and visualizes the philosophy and ideas of the writer. In light of the discussion above, this study proposes a method to help librarians improve their understanding of visual literacy for picture books, as visual literacy is required for the provision of readers’ advisory services regarding picture books. This method, which is based on behavioral psychologist Rudolf Arnheim’s theory of visual thinking, is expected to help librarians write picture book reviews or other secondary materials.

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