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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:


Piers Torday
Piers Torday

Piers Torday:

No storytelling is as simple and immediately effective as that of pictures


I firmly believe that picture books are for everyone. Human storytelling began with pictures on cave walls and we still primarily understand stories that way. I learned how to tell stories from picture books, and then comics, and then graphic novels. I now use and enjoy reading words to conjure up many other pictures in the mind – but no storytelling is as simple and immediately effective as that of pictures.


  • Piers is an author(Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize).


Mummy Vs Daddy Blog
Mummy Vs Daddy Blog

Mummy Vs Daddy blog:

Wonderful for growing minds


We certainly appreciate them. Fantastic learning tools for our little ones, and what kind of parents would we be if we didn’t appreciate that fact alone? 🙂 Wonderful for growing minds.



  • Mummy Vs Daddy introduce themselves as: ‘a young married couple who share the same five children, but rarely the same opinions.’



Kate Alizadeh:
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An endless appeal to all ages


Picture books are definitely for grown ups and children alike. The other day I was looking through the picture books in my local bookshop and found myself moved to tears by one and laughing out loud at others. Picture books are seemingly simple, but actually intricately, richly detailed and layered, and I believe this has endless appeal to all ages.


  • Kate is a children’s book illustrator.



Natalie Smillie
Natalie Smillie

Natalie Smillie:

Adults will initially be the ones reading picture books out


I would say that a picture book has to be able to be appreciated by adults just as much as children, because the adults will initially be the ones reading them out! It makes sense to appeal to children and the adults that read the books to them, commercially and also purely to keep the adults from getting bored reading the same thing over and over again. If there are little things that make the grown ups AND the children laugh or engages all age groups, it can only be a winner! Of course it’s easier said than done to write and illustrate a book like that!


  • Natalie is a children’s book illustrator


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