The Role of Illustration in Children’s Book

The Role of Illustration in Children’s Book

For young children who are about to start learning and reading they will find the colourful illustrations in children’s book quite fascinating. Illustration means to illustrate or highlight a particular point. If you have a look at some of the earlier books in the Middle Ages such as gospels and Bible you will find thousands of illustrations. An illustration is quite different from art forms like paintings, sketches, drawings, or other fine arts. 

The main purpose of illustration is to get a message across to the readers or viewers.  Some of the illustrations are absolutely breath taking but their job is to elaborate and clarify the meaning of the text. In the books meant for children, illustrations are used to make the children learn how to read. Illustrations are capable of transforming a simple story into an exciting and fascinating one.

Illustration is a very important part of children’s book. It is through the images that the children learn and understand the world around him or her. Images help the children to understand and identify the things they come across in daily life. Stories are a great medium to educate the children. A children’s book will require lots of images so that the child can grasp the story well. Sometimes the number of illustration used in the storybook will be more than the text.

Illustration is used to make the reader understand the context of a story. When a child starts to learn or read, he or she will find it easier to understand if the book has pictures in it.  It helps the child to relate with the story easily. Colourful illustrations are a main attraction in the children’s books. Children respond to pictures in a book with ease than the words. They even remember the story told using illustrations than through lots of words.

If you have a great story to tell the children but currently you are holding it to yourself because of the lack of good book illustrators then don’t hesitate. You can start writing without any delay. You can find good illustrators for your book within no time. Most of the publishing companies will have illustrators of their own. You can depend on them. Or you can look for an independent illustrator on the internet.  Many people just don’t have an idea what an illustrator does. So they tend to underestimate the role of an illustrator in the world of books. If you have a look around you can see that there are only a few things that do not need illustration. Many people think that illustrations are meant for children.

Illustrations are not just confined to the world of children’s books. They serve a much larger purpose. They have various functions in this modern world. Illustrations are used widely in print and visual media today. It accompanies an article or a story and helps the audience or the readers to understand the situation clearly. Almost all the fields of profession today require illustration. But in case of books it helps a child to take his or her first step to the world of words.

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