Using picture books with teens (and adults) might sound strange to some, so here are two quotes that might offer a rationale for doing so.
“Some books in the children's literature market are meant to be read and enjoyed by a wide diversity of ages; adults are not offended if children's literature is used as long as appropriate titles are chosen and they are presented carefully; benefits are expanded opportunities for student comprehension and enjoyment, suitability of picture books to short periods of instruction, and wide availability of books; and since books are available in the science, social studies, reading, and writing skills, children's informational books are a wonderful way to introduce concepts, demonstrate a point, or provide information to supplement textbooks.” Patricia Bloem, “Bringing Books to Adult Literacy Classrooms”
Debra Schneider, a history teacher, “uses picture books to supplement the U.S. history curriculum for her 11th graders because such books communicate a lot of basic information in a concise way.” Mary Ann Zehr, “Reading Aloud to Teens Gains Favor Among Teachers,” Education Week
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"Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joshua Nyegard, assigned to USS Nevada (SSBN 733), reads a children’s book to his kids during a United Through Reading (UTR)"