Picture books are often utilised with reluctant readers, and students with English as a second or even third language . They regularly appear in the secondary classroom for this reason. They have a role in introducing narrative concepts, visual grammar and the terminology employed in creating competency in visual literacy. The research literature demonstrates that in many classrooms, most noticeably in the US, they are often used as a resource for exploring content areas . Research indicates that the focus in Australia is on intersemiosis, multimodalities, critical literacies and the development of narrative strategies.