June 11, 2018 Many people think that a picture book is a little book that provides merely a few minutes of entertainment. What a picture book truly is is a messenger from the outside world, bringing a message of a life of other possibilities. It requires a life affirming attitude. A saccharine or sentimental picture book won’t do. It doesn’t have to be deep, although it doesn’t hurt if it is, but a picture book must be alive, whether it offers pleasure, joy, or sadness.
June 7, 2018
What picture books have meant to some children:
Isaac, the hero of The Treasure, became the best friend of a little boy. One little girl’s favorite picture book was Dawn. Every night she demanded to sleep with the book next to her pillow. A family, with their two little children were among the American hostages at the United States Embassy in Iran. While they were kept prisoners in a dark room, the children comforted themselves by reciting lines they had memorized from two of their favorite picture books, Dawn and Rain Rain Rivers.
May 16, 2018 One can listen to a beautiful piece of music again and again, and not get tired of it. The same can be said for a good picture book.
May 15, 2018 The adult who is reading the picture book to a child, shouldn’t fall asleep before the child.