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Children’s literature is a key for understanding culture, because reading provides us with the imaginative opportunity to unlock lives, walk in other people’s shoes and learn about worldviews and experiences  similar to or different than our own. The illustrations that often accompany Children’s literature not only help to pique our interest in a story; when done well illustrations work in conjunction with a story’s words and expand meaning. When done well, the story – in whatever form it is told, be it print, illustration, animated text, song, or in some form of media not yet invented – is what grabs our attention and engages our imaginations. Moreover, stories are how we explain and interpret not only ourselves but also our lives; thus, they are some of the most important tools we use to navigate and shape our world.

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