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Nicola Davies in the middle. Photo taken in a school in Mexico.
Nicola Davies in the middle. Photo is taken in a school in Mexico.

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:

 

 

Nicola Davies:

We need to crack the prejudice amongst adults!

Picture books are a powerful and distinctive art form that can communicate emotion, life advice and information in a way anyone can relate to – they are for people not just one age group. Reading the images in picture books accesses different bits of our brains – bits that we need to keep supple even as adults. We need to crack the prejudice amongst adults that prevents them from enjoying and learning from picture books.

 

*Nicola is a children’s author.

 

Mathew Tobin
Mathew Tobin

Mathew Tobin:

Of course adults can appreciate picture books as much!

 

Of course adults can appreciate them as much. With some picturebook authors, like Anthony Browne, Steve Antony and Shaun Tan, I’d argue that they could enjoy them more…

*Mathew is a senior lecturer in English and children’s literature at Oxford Brookes.

 

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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 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
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