Picture Book Categorization Charts: Introducing Three North American Authors to Young Learners’ EFL Classrooms


Picture books are an important part of early language education. In addition, storytelling activities encourage students to communicate in authentic ways and to think critically. This presentation focuses on picture books by Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, and Arnold Lobel, who are well-known writers and illustrators of beloved picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Swimmy, and the Frog and Toad series.
These titles are already popular among Japanese children because they have been selected, along with many Japanese authors and foreign authors, for use as Japanese language textbooks. These stories also include universal themes such as friendship, love, and self-awareness. Additionally, when used in English language classrooms, they help young readers further expand their English vocabulary.
This presentation aims to discuss and explore the following areas by introducing picture book categorization charts developed by the lead presenter:
1.How picture books useful for teachers in early learners’ English language classrooms
2.The kinds of words, phrases, and activities that can be introduced to young learners of English using picture books
3.How teachers can effectively use picture books based on the categorization charts the author developed
4.How teachers can effectively arrange their lessons based on the categorization charts
The results of the mini-survey about the charts will also be shared.
Audience members will benefit from further discussions of ideas to adapt picture books in other innovative ways.

Author Information
Miori Shimada, Anaheim University, United States
Sarah Mason, Takushoku University, Japan

Paper Information
Conference: ERI2023
Stream: International Education

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