This picture – capturing one of the best moments of the school year – was not arranged or posed or requested. Here’s what I love about it. The three girls are in the 6th grade, and they are reading picture books. It was a big day for them. A few hours after this picture was taken, the girls would perform in their spring play and they were waiting to get into their costumes. When I realized what they were doing, I went to get my phone.
The girls, probably unconsciously, were looking for a way to relax, and they took a few minutes to return to their younger selves. As they quickly figured out, picture books are perfect for times like this. For young children, they spark imagination, serve as an introduction to reading and introduce them to the world. But, they do something equally important for older kids. They let them reconnect and refresh.