Picture books lying on top of one another

‘Reading’ pictures: Visual literacy skills

Duration: 45 minutes
Virtual excursion
Stage 2 Stage 3
Creative Arts

Learn to crack the code and understand the secret language of picture book illustrations.


Your students can already read the words in picture books but can they ‘read’ the pictures? Find out how to decode the mysteries of visual literacy as we explore beautiful illustrations from Australian picture books. 

Curriculum outcomes


EN2-UARL-01  Identifies and describes how ideas are represented in literature and strategically uses similar representations when creating texts 

Creative arts

VAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter  

VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible  

VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques  


EN3-UARL-02  Analyses representations of ideas in literature through genre and theme that reflect perspective and context, argument and authority, and adapts these representations when creating texts 

Creative arts

VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world 

VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks 

Please note

This session, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the State Library of NSW. 

Excursion Summary




45 minutes

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