November 13, 2020
A place for Picture Story Books in our Collection:
As we work towards supporting teaching and learning and College activities, this week saw us create visual displays highlighting Remembrance Day. Boys were greeted in the library foyer with a visual display and a poignant poem, depicting the challenges of war from a soldier’s perspective. Another display greeted them as they entered the reading area. This highlighted a beautiful picture story book – The Good Son by Pierre-Jacques Ober and several other fiction titles that complimented the topic of war and its related struggles. Boys have been immersed in the picture book format over the past two weeks of our WIRED cycle and this was a great example of how a picture book can be used other than to be read to infants and much younger children.
This multimodal format of story telling is where both pictures and the written text come together to create a powerful presentation of what may be either a complex or simple subject matter. The KRC library has an extensive collection of Picture Story books that can be borrowed by both staff and students. The Victorian Curriculum states that multimodal formats include:
………… picture books, textbooks, graphic novels, comics, and posters, where meaning is conveyed to the reader through varying combinations of visual (still image) written language, and spatial modes.
We also have developing collections of graphic novels and comics available to engage readers who prefer these alternative formats.
We were extremely proud to accept the donation of a book into our collection this week. The family of former staff member, Gerard Sullivan (SPC 2016-2019) donated a book in Gerard’s memory, to complement our collection. The book Recollections 2 of Ballarat by Max Harris and Peter Butters is a collation of stories and photographs depicting life in Twentieth Century Ballarat. A plate detailing the donation was placed inside the book.