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

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

Below you will find more answers:

 

Jackie Morris
Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris

My favourite illustrators are those who speak to all ages
I have read far more picture books as an adult than I ever read as a child. From picture books I have learned so much, about other cultures, about life. There are times when one picture can express so much more than words and I love the universal language of images.
There is also so much beauty in picture books these days, real art can be found between the covers of some books. My favourite illustrators are those who speak to all ages.

*Jackie is an artist.

 

 

Bijan and Manijeh from Book of Kings
Bijan and Manijeh from Book of Kings

Azita Rassi:

Picture books enhance the joy of reading for both children and adults

 

Gaston, in The Beauty and the Beast, snatches Belle’s book, pages through it, and asks, “How can you read this? There’s no pictures!” While I wouldn’t go that far, I certainly think that picture books can enhance the joy of reading for both children and adults. Magnificent Persian miniatures used to illustrate books written for adults in my country centuries ago. It’s still a feast for both the eyes and the imagination to glance upon the extant pages of that era. Here is a 700-year-old example from Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings:

What grown-up wouldn’t love such an addition to pages covered with words?

 

*Azita Rassi is a translator at Tiny Owl Publishing.

*Bijan and Manijeh is our forthcoming book. It will be released in August. More news will be out very soon.

More from this writer:

  • Darkness in Children’s Books and Optimism. Link
  • Creation of a cultural bridge. An interview. Link
  • The importance of translating children’s books to English. Link
  • Creation of a cultural bridge. An interview. Link

 

 

Jessica Shepherd
Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd:

Pictures and colour should be for everyone
I absolutely do not believe in putting an age limit on picture books – my house is FULL of them and I have no children. They can be full of fun, adventure, support and very important life lessons. In the library I heard a parent tell their child a picture book was ‘too babyish’ for them and they should choose something with more words. Why is it fair that once you pass a certain age you should no longer enjoy beautiful illustrations while absorbing a story? Why is it considered babyish to learn a story through pictures? Pictures and colour should be for everyone – learning is the most joyful (and I would argue, successful) when it is playful!

 

*Jessica Shepherd is an illustrator and creator of children’s books.

 

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Others’ responses:

 

  • 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
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