In our Master's thesis we researched the elements of the picture book and the factors for its quality, so that it can contribute to the child as much as it is possible. A child has his first encounter with a picture book together with his parents, but we often don’t realize that it could be also used later, together with other children in the classroom.
In the theoretical part of our master's thesis, we investigated and described the structure of the picture book, its characteristics and its positive influence on development of the child. Then, we described the factors which makes a quality picture book and illustration. In the following, we described the child as an addressee, his development of his reading skills, so that we have a better understanding what kind of picture book is suitable for a certain age. In the end we described the development of the child's receptive abilities, as it is important for the content of the picture book, which attracts the child, but on every stage of development in a different way.
In the empirical part of master's thesis, we conducted a research using a quantitative approach, which helped us get a better understanding of the children’s attitude toward the illustrations of various picture books of the Little Red Riding Hood. Using the survey questionnaire at elementary school, we gained different perspectives of pupils of the first, third and fifth grade on the suitability of a picture book, which we compared with the criteria of quality picture book and illustration, and formal art analysis.
The research could help parents in the process of choosing a suitable picture book and can also help all teachers with transferring knowledge to their pupils when they are using visual methods and choose the picture book as a didactic tool.