Comments on: Are Picture Books Dead? http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:07:53 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Laurie http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-438284 Laurie Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:15:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-438284 Love this article. I just came across it. I feel exactly the same way about reading to my children. No matter how crazy the day has been, or how much I need to do once those two little people are in bed (the other 5 can put themselves to bed now) I love the moments of reading a wonderful picture book. I am an artist and a teacher, so I’m crazy about picture books. One of my favorites is Harry and Horsie. The illustrations are amazing! And I love the prose. Creative, imaginative, funny, and endearing. It has everything a good picture book should have. Thank goodness picture books are not a dead in the many households of your great readers.

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-402014 Michelle Fri, 26 Oct 2012 06:11:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-402014 I don’t think anything could replace picture books. They never stop giving. I am grateful to have been exposed to them again with my daughter. She learns so much from them, the time together reading is precious and my creative side is continuously inspired.

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By: Caddy http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401996 Caddy Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:31:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401996 “The best picture books generate family jokes, open the door for great discussions, and lend value to our own stories.”

I love that line. My mom was fond of picture books and read to us as children and in my family we still quote lines from our favorite picture books even though were now all teenagers and young adults. “Sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice!” is a line we all remember from Maurice Sendak.

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By: Rhonda Sittig http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401941 Rhonda Sittig Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:37:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401941 Love picture books. When I moved from teaching kindergarten to 3rd grade, I found the 3rd graders love those books as much as the little guys do. We do plenty of chapter books too– The BFG and Number the Stars… But we take little “coffee breaks” with books since 3rd graders usually don’t drink coffee– and recharge with a picture book or two mid morning.

And I have 3 grand-girls who live in Shanghai–So I read picture books on photo booth and email them bed time stories from grandma. You can’t beat “No Jumping on the Bed” or “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” for pure fun!

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By: Mara http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401838 Mara Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:14:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401838 Oh! This breaks my heart!! I’m 37 years old and have never stopped loving picture books. Having kids gave me an excuse to get even more of them. I grew up to be an illustrator and I’m sure that my love of these books heavily influenced that. There are so many truly talented illustrators and storytellers out there. What a shame that kids (and their parents) are missing out.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401464 Amy Hackworth Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:53:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401464 It’s heartening to read all these comments! I’m so glad picture books are alive and well in so many of our homes!

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By: Maria @ Busy as a Bee in Paris http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401368 Maria @ Busy as a Bee in Paris Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:51:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401368 My 11 year old son recently thanked me for all the picture books he had as a young child because according to his French art teacher at the collège, children who look at a lot of picture books develop richer vocabularies, imaginations and become creative artistes! According to this teacher, children store images in their minds that become rich mental libraries throughout their lives!

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By: Dianne de Las Casas http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401238 Dianne de Las Casas Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:49:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401238 Next month begins a worldwide celebration of picture books! November is Picture Book Month and schools, libraries and homes are joining in the monthlong celebration of literacy through picture books. Every day in November, and essay about the importance of picture books will be posted by picture book month champions, luminaries in the field such as Kathi Appelt, Doreen Cronin, Chris Raschka, John Rocco, Jon Scieszka, and Paul O. Zelinsky. November is Picture Book Month. Read * Share * Celebrate!

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By: Audrey http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401213 Audrey Thu, 25 Oct 2012 02:38:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401213 Alive and KICKING in our household. I can’t believe that’s not the case in every house! Poor kids.

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By: Sarah's Fab Day http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401167 Sarah's Fab Day Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:25:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401167 I have a third and first grader and we still have lots of picture books in our home. My six year old loves reading the stories and my 8 year old loves meeting his old friends. We have always done both. I will read chapter books aloud to my kids so they can become engrossed in a story and we will pore over picture books together too, laughing and looking at all of the illustrations. I hope picture books aren’t dead because there is definitely something magical them.

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401161 Lauren Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:14:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401161 I’m a second grade teacher who looooves picture books not just for my students but for me! Many picture books are much more sophisticated and have more advanced vocabulary than some of the chapter book series aimed for younger children. I am very careful in choosing quality writing/illustration that require higher level thinking skills, such as inference, in my lessons. In my opinion, there is much more character development in a short Kevin Henkes book than there is in the entire Magic Treehouse series. I often discover new things after reading books year after year. It’s a joy every time :)

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401153 Emily Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:03:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401153 Never Say Die! With cutting edge illustrations and clever stories, paired with old classics, this will never happen!
Love,
Emily

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By: MAria http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401084 MAria Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:24:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401084 Picture books are the basis for the reading program in our county. I am a first grade ESOL teacher. One of the best reading strategies for early readers is to use picture clues along with beginning sounds of words to learn reading. They are used in content area subjects and we send books home every evening with students who may not have a library of available reading books at home. Illustrated stories can be powerful. They often have rich and mature underlying themes. Eve Bunting has a series of books that can be used from K through 12th grade and beyond. I am still moved to tears by Tomie dePaolas The Clown of God – Check out my sisters site BooksTogether for beautiful reviews of books.

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By: Trish http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-401061 Trish Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:43:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-401061 I am sad to say that I think the NYT echos what I have seen at our elementary school. My children are 8 and 10 now but since 1 grade or so it feels like there is a huge push to read “chapter” books. That is the status symbol that the child is an “advanced” reader (thus the smartest person in the world. Lol). I find myself falling into this mindset as well. But a wise librarian pointed out that many picture books are actually written at a might higher reading level than many of the new chapter books. In addition, there is tremendous value in a child using the illustration to add to the story in their mind.

I try not to push anymore. I love picture books ( that Pigion kills me every time. And what is not to love about Charlie and Lola) so why would my boys not love them as well.

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By: Hanna http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-400982 Hanna Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:26:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-400982 w/ a kindergardener in the house we are deep in the picture book phase of reading. Llama Llama, Good night moon, I love you through and through, the very hungry catapillar, brown bear brown bear are some of our most popular and well used books.

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By: Cecilia http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-400966 Cecilia Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:00:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-400966 Though my son is 11, we will always love picture books in our house. I even have my own that I buy for myself! And so many wonderful books are being written and illustrated now. If you are a picture-book lover, and ever happen to be close to Western Massachusetts, don’t miss the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located adjacent to Hampshire College near Amherst. It’s a beautiful building, full of light. There are galleries with rotating exhibits (showing work besides Eric Carle’s), an incredible library where you’ll come across picture books you’ve never seen before (everything is arranged by illustrator, not author), a gorgeous studio in which you and your kids can make art, and, of course, a great bookstore. Often they have puppet shows, theater, films, and story hour for kids, as well as workshops for adults. We feel very luck to have this resource in our neighborhood.

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By: Birgit http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-400951 Birgit Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:30:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-400951 I hope picture books are not dead. We have lots of them for our kids, and reading together at bedtime is a daily ritual. My almost-reader enjoys books with pictures so much more than just text.
My husband just designed an app that is an interactive picture book with no text. We’d love for parents to use it together with their kids and add the story in their own words…

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By: Lucy Mitchell http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-400950 Lucy Mitchell Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:29:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-400950 I have noticed picture books are cheaper now than they were ten years ago, which is nice for me but the idea that this is because they are less valued is depressing. Sharing one is one of the great pleasures of motherhood.

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By: Michelle http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/are-picture-books-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-400949 Michelle Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:29:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25127#comment-400949 My only child is nine years old. In the afternoon when she comes home from school, we ready Little House, Betsy and Tacy, Harriet the Spy, and the like together. But when I tuck her in bed at night, she falls asleep with Olivia, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, and their many picture book counterparts. I love that she still loves her picture books and hope she doesn’t outgrow them anytime soon.

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