The purpose of Educational Illustrations

The purpose of Educational Illustrations

The Primary Purpose of Picture Illustrations and how they help to Improve Learning

Research conducted in the recent past has shown that illustrations do help the students to learn faster and enhance their understanding.  Recent studies conducted intensely support this assertion.  Most of us might never forget the pictorial books that we loved as children.  These colourful pictorial books definitely played their role in our overall intellectual development and learning processes.  There are various benefits that illustrations offer us.  They help to motivate the reader, improve creativity and nurture aesthetic appreciation.  Picture illustrations express the story in a better way, both verbally and visually.  These pictures are deceptive in nature; it clearly illustrates what is stated in the text.

If you are the producer of educational illustrations, you will definitely need custom-made illustrations for your books.  It is a confirmed truth that the earlier life of the student involves the greatest degree of learning.  The books that a young child reads leave a lasting expression in his or her lifetime.  Therefore, it is never too early to familiarize kids with books.  Good illustrations engage the child and help them to keep in touch with each and every day of their school life.  Whether at school or home, good books should always accompany the child.

The selection of good quality illustrative books is the most important part of the learning process. Adults should select beautifully illustrated books with a good story and plot where children can understand the basic concept easily.  The books should have an element of surprise in them and should introduce the child to new concepts and ideas. The book needs to be robust with pages that are thick enough to flip without tearing. Teachers or parents should have a look at the book first to see if it’s appropriate for children.

Below are discussed some of the reasons why you need good illustrations

Reason #1:  Illustrations help in early stages of Education

Different kinds of illustrations and figures are used for learning in the early stages of human life.  As the child begins its learning process, it begins to perceive the world around it abstractly.  It is always curious to study the surroundings and this is where illustrated books fall into place and aid the child to learn new things.  The teacher uses the help of Illustrations to instruct the children and improve their imagination.  There is the necessity of good illustrations for children’s books, as it aids them in associating words with things.  They should be exclusively designed in order to fascinate the children and hold onto their imagination.

Reason #2:  Illustrations help to Convey a Complex Idea easily

You can go ahead and use illustration to express an idea which is hard to convey or consumes a lot of time.  Scientific studies have shown that the use of visual aids helps the human mind to grasp information more speedily and last longer in memory. Usually when we read a novel, our imagination runs wild and we make vivid images in our head.  At certain times we cannot rely on our imagination, but we need tangible visual representation.  Here comes the need for illustrative books.  People with learning disabilities are much benefited by colourful illustrations and sketches etc. Thus, it makes it possible for everyone irrespective of their learning prowess to grasp things easily without any difficulty.

A few technical illustrations will help you understand how illustrations convey a complex idea to the viewer, check this link.

 Reason #3:  Beat truancy with Illustrated Books

Children who are truant from school can be enticed to attend school with colourfully illustrated books and will attract a student even if he is not willing to go to school. Your books can act like an incentive for children to attend school.  Visual representations can work wonders and become more appealing to the reader than boring books without any visual images.  But books should be selected very carefully, which should be suitable for the age of the student.  Book catalogues can help you with this.

Reason #4:  Illustrations aids in Memory Retention

As illustration presents all the information needed to explain the topic instantaneously and it assists in short-term and long-term memory. At a single glance, the reader views all the information displayed in the form of illustrations and this graphical representation is more effective than text alone.  Even a small child who does not know how to read text can easily understand what the image is trying to express.

Reason #5:  Education illustrations help students to Learn Science Concepts Easily

Illustrations can be a great way to engross science students with interesting concepts. The creation of precise and meaningful illustrations can be very effective in the classroom. Actions speak louder than words, students look at images of a book before they read the text.  Yet sometimes little effort goes into making quality educational illustrations.  Students can be impressed by good illustrations but can be muddled with poor quality ones.


In the present-day world, television, internet and video games occupy the minds of young children.  There is an ever-growing need to produce colourfully illustrated books which can capture the imagination of the children.  Children are often attracted to brightly coloured images of simple things. They heed and respond nicely to books with beautiful images and simple texts. Even babies are attracted to books; durable books that are made out cardboard can go a long way in helping your baby learn new things.  In this way, the child can easily learn about the world around them.

Younger children like brilliant colours, tales and repetitive text that emphasizes familiar objects. Books for toddlers do not need to have words to make it interesting. Wordless books inspire every toddler and aid them to make their own stories and help rejuvenate their imagination. Books similar to this will encourage the children to read them over and over again.

Pre-schoolers are curious and very much interested in learning things about their surroundings, neighbourhood and school environment.  They like a good rhythm and repetitive texts with colourful images. Pre-schoolers must have exposure to multiplicity of various types of books with fairy tales, nonfiction and titles that interest them.

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