The blog of Stories for Children (online magazine) posted Children and Picture Books: What Parents Might Be Missing.
I agree with them that picture books are essential and delightful for children (actually, anyone) and that children should be encouraged to read them. This isn't the first time that I've heard that children are tossing aside picture books at an earlier age because of encouragement to read chapter books, and it's definitely not the first time I've heard that the picture book market is really competitive and on the decline in popularity. But other than the one study, I don't see evidence of a decline in the belovedness of picture books. Am I in the dark on this? Just in case you know someone who needs reasons to encourage and enjoy picture books, I'll add my two cents.
The article said reading picture books are:
- a perfect way for an early reader to make "
“It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.” And in this case we'll take the burn in a good way--that it will make a deep, meaningful impact.