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

Read Bridget Marzo’s answer:

Bridget at Tiz and Ott workshop
Bridget at Tiz and Ott workshop. Photo from her blog

It really is such a big complex issue with a history that differs in each country. It also of course depends so much on what kind of picture book we are referring to (I know some books appeal mostly to artists or illustration students and not to children much at all!)  so it is very hard to generalize! To me the crucial point is the chance to share that a picture book offers. Children lucky enough to have parents/ adults to read to them (even when the child can already read) will be the first to sense if their parent is interested or not – and it is adults who generally choose /buy books for children.
I think the sharing between adult and child over a picture book is precious – not only for the pleasure of stories and pictures but as a springboard for all kinds of interaction- joint exploration of other worlds, the exchange of thoughts and reactions to the art that takes them together out of their daily habits and environment. They also provide an excuse for adults to reconnect with their own ‘inner child’ which is sadly so often repressed. Of course many adults (including me)  love and buy just for themselves – mostly illustrators, designers, writers, publisher, teachers ie picture book creators who often retain a strong connection to their own sources and childhood- or those who work with children – but I think your question was more general.

*Bridget Marzo is an Author/Illustrator. Read more about her here.


Read Zoe Toft‘s answer:

Zoe Toft
Zoe Toft

Is it that case that when we reach a certain age we all agree that we should switch off the TV and never go to the cinema, but only listen to stories (true or imagined) on the radio, without images to accompany them? No, of course not! Likewise with the written word: We’re never too old to have our lives enriched by gorgeous picture books.


Zoe Toft is a children’s books reviewer/blogger. Read more about her here.


Read Ehsan Abdollahi’s answer:

Ehsan Abdollahi
Ehsan Abdollahi

Books always have a message in them. The illustrated messages are more appealing for all. Think of a letter: If the message of a letter is written on a post card, it becomes sweeter and lovelier for the receiver of any age.

*Ehsan Abdollahi is the illustrator of two of our titles: When I coloured in the World and also our forthcoming book: A Bottle of happiness.


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