Children’s Book Illustration: And Its Importance Within Education

Educating children is a goal for every parent and teacher. Being able to bring content, and real life skills to kids is very easy, however, helping them understand the lessons at hand is harder than most would think. However, wonderful illustrations in the books we provide for our youth can help them progress those skills. There are a few ways a simple picture can bring a very broad topic down to a very narrow, easily applied idea.

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The biggest obstacle when trying to educate a child is trying to break down a topic into understandable material. As adults, we understand the definitions and how to conduct ourselves properly. When trying to teach a subject such as sharing, great illustrations of children sharing is a great way to explain to the audience, how to share. While it may seem odd, seeing kids their age, doing these actions, it can help them relate more to the story. Also, the pictures provide points where the educator can ask the children what they see, or tell them what is going on. Having these books are a valuable asset to classrooms and homes all over the world, as they are unique tools which can give child a pictorial representation of the lesson that is being taught.

The largest advantage of illustrated children’s books is the fact the artist will focus on specific points throughout the text to help the audience gain the most from the text. Even if a child is unable to read, they can still understand what is going on in the picture. Therefore, these books are great at bridging gaps that may occur in a classroom setting.

When there are hard to grasp concepts like honesty, reliability, and even preventing bullying; a picture accompanying the text will show how to model their actions children. Kids do not want to be lectured by an adult; they are the rule enforcers, therefore, boring. If another kid their age is telling them to do something, it must be fun! Using this mindset to its full advantage, authors and artists alike make characters come to life to help the targeted audience to become more successful, mannerly, citizens.

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Keeps Reading Fun

Children tend to get bored with tasks very quickly if it is the same thing over and over. Having interactive illustration on one page and text opposite to it, helps to keep kids entertained. Reading may be a hard topic for many children, so having a picture will help them with harder to work out words. What adults know as “context clues” they see as a picture with a lot going on. As they breakdown the picture, the lesson will start to click as to what the text was saying. As they do this more successfully, their self-esteem will increase, and they will read more.

Knowing how to utilise the tools available can dramatically improve the learning process for children. Educators and parents need to be aware that there is always more that they can do when it comes to educating their children. No one is too old for a picture book; they teach valuable lessons and provide a mental break when reading long pages of text. This is proven in school textbooks; there are thousands of graphs, models, and illustrations in the pages. This is because our brain is multifaceted, we learn in many different ways, the job of illustrators is finding a way to make the message stick with us.

A few of my previous clients

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  • "Our brand wouldn't be the same without her on-going input. Just fab xx”
    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy

  • Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.” - Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "It won’t be a struggle working with Sarah, it’ll be a pleasure. Can’t recommend enough”
    - Richard Quick

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!”
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • "Yes!!!! Wow…Love it!!! ..thanks so much, I absolutely the character design you have done for us!!! xx” Lisa Dell, Cornish Firewood

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “Logos received with a BIG thanks, Basically I love them all” 
    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • "Sarah is quality.  Not just her design but she is a pleasure to work with."
    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing