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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:


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.



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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
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