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Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories is brought to you by ASCEL (The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians) Yorkshire and Humber branch, who have worked together across the region, supported by Arts Council Funding to bring you this second festival of visual literacy. The first festival took place in 2018 and the 2022 festival builds and on this success but also addresses concerns about the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning and mental wellbeing.
Working with visual and creative artists and key partners of book illustrators Reading Pictures Seeing Stories will give children and young people this opportunity to meet and learn from illustrators and artists and to explore the connection between literacy and the visual arts and offer children and families not usually engaged with arts the chance to discover the power of pictures. We also hope through work with schools to help narrow the gap in children’s reading ability, caused by the pandemic. We want to get arty, have creative fun and encourage children to use the library to access a world of books.
Visual literacy is the ability to see understand and interpret images, much as literacy is the ability to read and deprive meaning from texts. Visual literacy is an important skill for understanding visual media that can lead to enhanced performance of other intellectual tasks and builds the ability to interpret and evaluate information and messages. From an early age children draw from their everyday observations of the world around them in order to learn. In todays visually saturated environment they must develop the skills to decode, think critically and communicate the images around them. The ability to read images can help young people to navigate and make sense of their world. 'Teresa Flavin, 2022'