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Read picture books and don’t mess the world up!

We have been asking children’s writers, illustrators, lecturers and journalists:

‘Are picture books for children, or adults can enjoy them just as much?’

Below you will find more answers:

 

An illustration by David Litchfeild

An illustration by David Litchfeild

David Litchfeild:

Read picture books and don’t mess the world up!

 

yes, definitely…More adults should read picture books, then maybe they will remember the magic and wonder of the world. y’know…instead of trying to mess it up. 🙂

 

  • David is an illustrator.

 

 

An illustration by Viviane Schwarz

Illustration of ‘Henry Finch’ by Viviane Schwarz

Viviane Schwarz:

Picture books can safely be enjoyed by any age

 

The main consumers in the UK are parents and children reading together, but they can safely be enjoyed by any age.

 

 

 

 

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson:

Picture books can inspire and delight all ages

 

Picture books are for everyone because they can inspire and delight all ages. Illustrations can and do convey thoughts, opinions and emotions in ways that touch people and make a lasting impact. There is something about the immediacy of a picture book that ensures the story and its message is communicated to the reader in a very accessible way. Picture books are vital to the development of literacy and critical thinking for all school pupils, not just in the Early Years stage but up to and including Senior School. In fact, the very best illustrated books spark discussion and deeper thought about all manner of concepts and ideas and for adults they can be thought provoking and comforting too. We shouldn’t be in a rush to discard picture books as something we are ‘too old’ for, that would be such a mistake as they have a unique and special place in our world and most especially on every family’s bookshelves.

 

  • Anne is a school librarian and a book reviewer in Surrey UK.

 

CjTxKy2XIAEls2xBooks My Toddlers love‘ blog:

Picturebooks can say so much more than words can alone

 

Absolutely! We get enormous satisfaction from reading picturebooks with our daughters. We see how much picturebooks have contributed to their understanding of the world. Yet as adults we also get great enjoyment from them too. Picturebooks can say so much more than words can alone, and many of them offer astonishing art and brilliantly crafted storytelling. Many are also great fun, laugh out loud funny and highly creative.

 

  • This blog introduces itself as: ‘We are early-30s parents of two daughters – a three year old and a seven month old. We are all enthusiastic daily readers of picture books, living in an English town. Reviews by dad, edited by mum.’

 

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Others’ responses:

 

  • Read Jackie Morris’s answer here.
  • Read Pam Dix’s answer here
  • Read Vivian French’s answer here.
  • Read SF Said’s answer here
  • Read Emily Drabble’s answer here.
  • Read Pippa Goodhart’s answer here.
  • Read Nicolette Jones’s answer here
  • Read Nicola Davies’s answer here
  • Read John Shelley’s answer here
  • Read Bridget Marzo’s answer: here
  • Read Zoe Toft’s answer: here
  • Read Ehsan Abdollahi’s answer: here
  • Read Celestine and the Hare’s answer here.
  • Read Frank Cattrell-Boyce’s answer here.
  • Read Emmi Smid’s answer here.
  • Read Tamsin Rosewell’s answer here
  • Read Anahita Teymorian’s answer here
  • Read Azita Rassi’s answer here
  • Read Jessica Shepherd’s answer here
  • Read Jill Bennett’s answer here
  • Read Suzanne Carpenter’s answer here
  • Read Mathew Tobin’s answer here
  • Read Chris Meade’s answer here
  • Read Miriam Halahmy’s answer here
  • Read Anna Perera’s answer here
  • Read Kenilworth books’ answer here
  • Read Eric Heyman’s answer here
  • Read Robyn Ridley’s answer here
  • Read Abi Elphinstone’s answer here
  • Read Chris Robertson’s answer here
  • Read Mary Roche’s answer here
  • Read Joe Craig’s answer here
  • Read Joanna Halpin’s answer here
  • Read Sarah Yewman’s answer here
  • Read Michelle Robinson’s answer here
  • Read Mélanie McGilloway’s answer here
  • Read Lu Hersey’s answer here
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Picturebooks are loved by ALL ages

We have been asking children’s writers, illustrators, lecturers and journalists:

‘Are picture books for children, or adults can enjoy them just as much?’

Below you will find more answers:

 

Sarah Yemen

Sarah Yewman

Sarah Yewman:

It makes me want to scream!

 

It makes me want to scream when I hear someone pigeon-hole picture books for an audience under the age of 6. In fact, there are some picture books which are not appropriate for a very young audience. Picture books have wide appeal and they have the ability to address themes and topics that other books can’t. There’s something very special about a marriage of limited words and rich illustrations to support someone through grief, provide an insight into illness or reassure someone that there is hope.

  • Sarah is a book reviewer.

 

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson:

Everyone appreciates a satisfying story

 

Everyone appreciates a satisfying story. Everyone gets a kick out of an imaginative concept. Everyone delights in a great work of art. The best picture book is all of these things in one. Whether you’re young in years or young at heart, what’s not to love?

 

  • Michelle is a children’s books writer.

 

Melanie McGilloway

Mélanie McGilloway

 

Mélanie McGilloway:

why should we suddenly decide that we are “too old” for illustrations?

 

Yes, of course picture books are for everyone! They can be appreciated on so many different levels and they are so varied. Images are omnipresent in our lives and therefore why should we suddenly decide that we are “too old” for illustrations? It is also important for parents to enthuse their children about the magical powers of reading, and this will be asserted greatly if only they can show true enjoyment and appreciation of the form.

 

  • Mélanie has been reviewing children’s literature for many years on her blog Library Mice.

 

Lu Hersey

Lu Hersey

Lu Hersey:

Picturebooks are loved by all

 

Picture books are for everyone to enjoy. Of course they are! They’re the books we always remember, and the ones we’ve probably read most often. Sometimes they get passed down through the generations, like my mother’s copy of Babar the Elephant, my father’s copy of Winnie the Pooh, and my copy of Where the Wild Things Are. My children have kept their copies of the Jill Murphy books, the Mog books, and the Jolly Postman. Picture books stay in our memories and linger on our bookshelves – and they are loved by all.

 

 

To visit our bookstore please click here.

 

Others’ responses:

 

  • Read Jackie Morris’s answer here.
  • Read Pam Dix’s answer here
  • Read Vivian French’s answer here.
  • Read SF Said’s answer here
  • Read Emily Drabble’s answer here.
  • Read Pippa Goodhart’s answer here.
  • Read Nicolette Jones’s answer here
  • Read Nicola Davies’s answer here
  • Read John Shelley’s answer here
  • Read Bridget Marzo’s answer: here
  • Read Zoe Toft’s answer: here
  • Read Ehsan Abdollahi’s answer: here
  • Read Celestine and the Hare’s answer here.
  • Read Frank Cattrell-Boyce’s answer here.
  • Read Emmi Smid’s answer here.
  • Read Tamsin Rosewell’s answer here
  • Read Anahita Teymorian’s answer here
  • Read Azita Rassi’s answer here
  • Read Jessica Shepherd’s answer here
  • Read Jill Bennett’s answer here
  • Read Suzanne Carpenter’s answer here
  • Read Mathew Tobin’s answer here
  • Read Chris Meade’s answer here
  • Read Miriam Halahmy’s answer here
  • Read Anna Perera’s answer here
  • Read Kenilworth books’ answer here
  • Read Eric Heyman’s answer here
  • Read Robyn Ridley’s answer here
  • Read Abi Elphinstone’s answer here
  • Read Chris Robertson’s answer here
  • Read Mary Roche’s answer here
  • Read Joe Craig’s answer here
  • Read Joanna Halpin’s answer here
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