An article that got lots of discussion going in the kidlitosphere this autumn was one from the New York Times claiming that picture books are no longer a staple for children – here’s the link to the article (you might need to skip an add to get to the article).
Two quotes in particular struck me:
“Parents have begun pressing their kindergartners and first graders to leave the picture book behind and move on to more text-heavy chapter books. Publishers cite pressures from parents who are mindful of increasingly rigorous standardized testing in schools.”
“We’ve accelerated the graduation rate out of picture books.”
Now there’s been a lot of debate about the accuracy of the article but I think it does still raise some interesting points – I know that lots of M’s friends (all 5 and 6) don’t get read any picture books any more, but only chapter books (if at all) and I think that is such a shame.
Two weeks ago, in response to the NY Times article Publishers Weekly put forward this counter article, Don’t Write the Obit For Picture Books Yet – a much more positive take on the state of the picture book world.
Whatever the state of sales of picture books, today I’m going to make sure that not only J gets read a picture book, but also M, and then I’m going to find one just for myself! You’re never too old to enjoy a good picture book 🙂 What picture book are you going to read for yourself today?