The Power of Picture Books

Presented by: Shauna Bird Dunn

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” ~Vera Nazarian

Picture books are amazing resources that can stimulate learning, reading, talking, and discussion in learners of all ages and stages of life. Picture books can obviously be used to learn about language arts topics such as grammar, reading, comprehension, writing, and literary analysis. But they can also be used to facilitate learning in varied topics such as math, history, science, art appreciation, and geography. Picture books can also teach valuable lessons in leadership, ethics, and personal morality. This workshop will present ways and means to incorporate these valuable resources to fan the fire of learning in your family.


Shauna Bird Dunn and her alter egos: The Book Fairy, The Book Diva, and The ‘Book-aneer,’ work hard to create ravenous readers out of children in and near their home in American Fork, Utah. Her husband Brent claims that she suffers from OTTD (Over The Top Disorder), a condition that prevents her from doing things “the boring way.” A mother of five homeschooled bookworms, Shauna earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Economics from Eastern New Mexico University, a Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Jr. School of Law, and a Master of Public Administration from the Brigham Young University Marriot School of Management. A nationally-published author, she has served on the American Fork Library Board of Trustees, as Utah’s Young Mother of the Year and on board of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah.

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