‘ You cannot write for children… They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.’
‘I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can’t do that. I’m in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person.’
I don’t write for children. I write and someone says it’s for children.’
Wonderful, amazing, creative, challenging, funny, heart-breaking, tragic, unbelievable, fabulous picture books. They are not just a vital stepping stone into higher level reading. They are the missing link. They can develop in all Learners the ability to explore, notice, question, predict, summarise, theorise and analyse. Mary Roche writes wonderfully on this in her book ‘Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picturebooks’
Picture book are often dismissed as being for younger children. They’re not! They are written off as easy. They’re not! There are some stunning picture books out there. Many offer us more than first appears. Many require us to bring in our own cultural understanding to truly make meaning of them. People who dismiss them more often than not haven’t put the time in to understand and explore them.
So the aim of this post is to show why I think picture books are blummin’ ace
They elicit emotion. (often in my case tears)
They confuse and challenge.
They broach difficult issues in wonderful ways.
They open doors to other cultures.
They provide leaps of imagination
They are wild and playful
They are quiet and thoughtful
They require the reader to fill in the gaps
They are most definitely not for kids
As BridgetBurke2 said on twitter ‘People who dismiss picture books have no souls, thats a well known fact.’
I‘m going with Bridget on that one.