Here at Helbling Languages we pay careful attention to the illustrations in our readers. Choosing the right style for each story is an exciting and important step in the book preparation process. In our readers texts and images are interdependent, and the story born out of their interplay often offers new paths for interpretation, helping the language learner/reader to dig deeper into the text.
In March we were proud to announce that Michele Rocchetti‘s illustrations for our level 5 reader The Heart of Darkness (written by Joseph Condrad, adapted by David A. Hill) were selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Right now the illustration is on tour as part of the Illustrators Exhibition organised by JBBY (the Japanese Board of Books for Young People) in Japan.
We have received updates that the exhibition has left the Itabashi Art Museum in Tokyo and has moved to the Otani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya near Osaka.
Here are some images from the exhibition in Tokyo.
When you use illustrated readers, remember to go beyond the visual appreciation of the images in the books. The illustrations are a great basis for whole lessons or activities, and they facilitate reading comprehension.
Here you can read our blog posts about using illustrations and images in the classroom.
- Reading Images: Illustration-based language practices
- Using the illustrations in graded readers – practical ideas and activities
- Using the illusrations in graded readers – visualization
Here you can read an interview with Michele Rocchetti:
Visit Michele Rocchetti’s website for images and a sneak preview of our new reader, Gulliver’s Travels, which Michele has just finished illustrating.