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A Picture Book.

While picture books are primarily for children, Visual Imagery is the way we remember.

Being Visually literate means having the ability to read and understand context through imagery. Children's picture books provide opportunities to help children become visually literate. The importance of visual literacy cannot be overstated because it is about much more than art and design. Visual literacy is about communication, language and interactions.

Visual learning is not a “style”. We all learn through visual images. Long term memory storage is achieved through pairing concepts with meaningful images. Visual imagery is the key to better recall and is the conduit that helps learners make sense of the content, increasing the possibilities of transfer to long-term memory. Some interesting facts from Dr. Lynell Burmark:

    . The brain can see images that last for just 13 milliseconds.
      . The eyes register 36,000 visual messages per hour.
      . 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual.
      . Learners get a sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second.
      . Visuals are processed 60,000X faster than text
      . 40% of nerve fibers are linked to the retina

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For more information about Visual Literacy visit the American Library Association

"Before There Was You"

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