A picture’s worth a thousand words
Creative approaches

  • It’s the first glance that counts: without thinking too much, participants jot down all of their associations with and ideas about an illustration. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    It’s the first glance that counts: without thinking too much, participants jot down all of their associations with and ideas about an illustration.
  • Pictures from magazines, catalogues and newspapers are ideal for creating one’s own pictures and collages. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Pictures from magazines, catalogues and newspapers are ideal for creating one’s own pictures and collages.
  • This gives rise to surreal drawing snippets which can pick up on the different topics of picture books. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    This gives rise to surreal drawing snippets which can pick up on the different topics of picture books.
  • Describing, analysing and interpreting pictures, as well as creating them, are successive parts of a process that results in appropriate image skills. © Goethe-Institut/Jörg F. Müller
    Describing, analysing and interpreting pictures, as well as creating them, are successive parts of a process that results in appropriate image skills.

With their diverse visual imagery, illustrations provide artistic access to new knowledge. They are internationally acknowledged bridge-builders that help us to discover, grasp and understand the world.
 
Picture books are perfectly suited to stimulating children to:

  • view, explore and understand pictures
  • talk about pictures and share ideas and opinions about what they have seen
  • find out about pictures and use them for orientation
  • produce pictures themselves.

Words of welcome from Heidi Jakob

Even as a child, Heidi Jakob knew that she wanted to work in a library, and has been doing so at the Bücherhallen Hamburg - since 1982!
 
Since April 2014, she has been responsible for centrally coordinating the children’s programme and networking work of the Bücherhallen. Since 2016 she has been a children’s book workshop educator certified by the Federal Association of Reading Promotion.

Presentation Heidi Jakob (Bücherhallen Hamburg)
   

Design of the material collection

The material in this collection has been put together to reflect the workshop topics. Pick the topic that interests you in order to obtain more information.

Words of welcome from Hella Klauser (Goethe-Institut) and lectures by Anne Barckow (Bücherhallen Hamburg) and Britta Schmedemann (Stadtbibliothek Bremen).

Introduction: Einfach lesen!
Participants in this workshop were familiarized with the visual literacy concept, which provides access to text through pictures. Various methods of approaching specific themes were presented, for example using picture stories or memory games.
 
The workshop was run by Heidi Jakob, Bücherhallen Hamburg, children’s work coordinator.

Workshop: A picture’s worth a thousand words
During this workshop participants searched for recurrent themes in both language versions of a particular fairy tale by identifying key scenes and presenting them creatively, for example using hand puppets or singing.

The workshop was run by Susanne Brandt, Büchereizentrale Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein Central Library Services).

Fairy tales work wonders