Picture Books Aren't Just Fun (image) University of Waterloo Caption These are example illustrations of the style that researchers used in books to study the language that parents use when reading with children. Researchers recorded 25 mothers while they read two books to their toddlers. In one book, the animals were part of a story told in pictures, but in the other book, a picture of each animal was presented against a blank background, in the usual style of "vocabulary learning" books. Credit University of Waterloo Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.