Tuesday Tips #3 Picture Books Are Not Just For Young Children

Picture Books Are Not Just For Young Children

One day as I sat in a college-level class at Campbell University (Go Camels!), my professor brought out a picture book and began reading to the class. To say we were surprised was an understatement; most of us had not had a picture book read to us since early elementary school.

As future elementary educators, most of us understood the importance of reading to young children. Still, we had not been taught the benefits of reading aloud at other ages, especially using picture books.  

Maybe more surprising than the professor reading the book was how much we all enjoyed it. It made such an impression that I still remember it today, and it has been more than a few years since that day.

The day our professor read that book, he shared the value of reading picture books to audiences of all ages. I have never forgotten that lesson.

Picture Books For Older Children and Teens

What Is So Special about Picture Books?

We often think of picture books as having simple words accompanying the pictures. While some picture books use simple language, picture books often have eloquent vocabulary and engaging stories.

“Generally speaking, you’ll find the best, most beautiful language in picture books.” Sarah Mackenzie, Read-Aloud Revival

The pictures can often help students with understanding the new and varied vocabulary. 

In addition, picture books help students learn to visualize what they are reading and encourage creativity and imagination. 

Reading picture books together can help create a bond and shared experiences without ever leaving home. Children and parents alike can travel to faraway places, meet famous people, and even have adventures through the pages of a book. 

The Benefit of Picture Books for Older Children and Teens

One benefit of picture books for older children is to help create memories and traditions. Our family has several picture books that we read each year for different holidays. We started when they were younger, but my teens still enjoy hearing them each year. One such favorite is Cranberry Thanksgiving.

Picture books can also be a great way to introduce more challenging or complex topics gently. It can give children an introduction to a topic that may be emotionally difficult such as disease, death, or persecution.

You can use picture books to help engage students in topics they might not otherwise explore. Reading those books often leads to them reading other books or researching the subject further.

There are many benefits to re-reading books, and using picture books helps create more opportunities for re-reading because they do not take as long to read as chapter books. (For more information on the benefits of re-reading, check out this podcast from Read-Aloud Revival)

A Fall Picture Book Display

Using Picture Books in Your Homeschool

All in all, picture books are an excellent resource for your family and homeschool, no matter the ages of your children. People of all ages should enjoy the rich language and beautiful artwork provided by picture books.  

How do you use picture books in your homeschool? What are some of your favorites?

Recommendations for Picture Books for Older Children and Teens

Blogging Through The Alphabet with Books!! (Not all of these are picture books but many feature picture books.)

Celebrating Math with Books and Pi: A list of Math Related Picture Books

A Year of Picture Books

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Buck Academy Coins and Currency Book Review

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

BUCK Academy

I love books and always appreciate the opportunity to review a new children’s book. This month we have been checking out not just one but two new children’s books from Buck Academy. We spent time reading Baby BUCK, How Much Am I… and BUCK Making Cents together with my three-year-old and seven-year-old sons. These books teach children about American currency, specifically coins, and the dollar bill.

Buck and Baby Buck Books

Baby BUCK, How Much Am I…

Baby BUCK, How Much Am I… is a toddler board book. Written by Dustin Goss and illustrated by Febyalla Goss. It is a cute book with a purple cover and adorable illustrations. This book teaches young children about the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. It also talks about a dollar bill.

The sturdy board book pages will hold up better to young hands than a standard paperback. And the smaller square shape makes it easy for small hands to hold and flip the pages.

Inside the book, there are excellent shiny illustrations of the various coins and flaps to lift and see the values. This makes it very interactive and engaging for young learners. The short eleven pages are just enough to give young readers a fun and straightforward introduction to currency. It would be interesting for those ages 2-6 as a read-aloud.

BUCK Making Cents

BUCK Making Cents is a picture book also written by Dustin Goss and illustrated by Febyalla Goss. This book is geared towards elementary-age children and is a hardback picture book. With twenty-nine pages, this book goes into more details about coins.

In addition to teaching the values of the coins, it discusses the front and back of each coin, how many of each coin it takes to make a dollar, has questions at the end to see what students have learned, and includes other fun facts. The authors recommend students have one of each coin and a dollar bill to interact with as they read the book. I recommend this for elementary students learning about money, but even my three-year-old enjoyed listening to me read it aloud.


Overall, these were cute books that are great for introducing students to American currency. They have adorable illustrations with very realistic coins. They are great for younger children through the mid-elementary level. Make sure to have real coins available for the children to inspect to help round out the experience. The BUCK Making Cents book would also be good for older students who are new to American currency.

Be sure to click on the graphic below to see how other Review Crew families used these books from Buck Academy.


Financial Literacy for Kids with BUCK Academy