Candlewick Press launched a year-long tribute to the picture book beginning this month. Every day for the next year, a new video will highlight authors, illustrators, librarians, teachers, readers, and YOU! Yep, that’s right–YOU!
If you love picture books and believe they have a purpose in young reader’s lives, or in your own, you too can make a video and have it shown on the Candlewick Press site called Reading Starts Here If you are interested in submitting a video, look at the end of this post for details.
This is also Candlewick Press’ 20th Anniversary!
Do you love picture books?
If you have been following this site, you know I LOVE picture books. I love the bright illustrations that can tell a story without words. I love the bouncy text that rolls off my tongue. I love the feel of the picture book. I love holding a picture book and turning the large pages in anticipation of the next spread.
Not everyone likes picture books for their kids. According to a New York Times article, picture books are on their way out of the pre-schooler’s reading life. More and more parents, mainly to keep up with educational demands, are not only encouraging their three and four year old to read chapter books, they are demanding it. From the New York Times article:
.......Some parents say they just want to advance .......their children’s skills. Amanda Gignac, .......a stay-at-home mother in San Antonio .......who writes The Zen Leaf, a book blog, ......said her youngest son, Laurence, .......started reading chapter books when he was 4. ...Now Laurence is 6 ½, and while he regularly tackles ...80-page chapter books, he is still a “reluctant reader,” ...Ms. Gignac said. .........Sometimes, she said, he tries to go .........back to picture books. ...“He would still read picture books now if we let him, ...because he doesn’t want to work to read,” she said, ...adding that she and her husband have kept him ...reading chapter books. ..................
According to the Times, parents are pressuring their kindergarten and first graders to leave picture books on the shelf and instead, read chapter books, many of which are more appropriate for ages 9 to 13. Most blame the demanding standardize tests as the reason.
With all due respect to Ms. Gignac, who I’m sure has only good intentions, I believe pushing kids to read something they do not want to read, or may not be ready to read, will make the child a reluctant reader.
Picture Books often use big words, words that can be difficult for a ages 4 to 6 to understand. For Example:
cauldron and whimsical - Into the Pumpkin, tendency and pitiful - Laverne, mundane and absurd - Monkey of the Month, or preposterous and recite - Stubby Pencil Noodlehead. ..........
Picture Books are more than just a few pages of pretty pictures and a few words. They are important beginner books, starting when parents and others read to the young child, garnering interest in books and the adventures inside them.
If you want your child to read and read at a high level, it is no secret you must read to them when they are young, take them to the library, and help them read that early book— picture books.
I hope Candlewick Press, who takes pride in their picture books and the large selection printed each year, is successful in this year’s We Believe in Picture Books campaign.
Don’t forget to check out the new video each day at Reading Starts Here. If you would like to contribute your own video and tell the world why you believe in picture books, the information is in a pdf found HERE.
There is a special giveaway on The Nerdy Book Club. If you like winning stuff, check it out. I received an email from them, which started this post.
In the coming year, Kid Lit Reviews will be reviewing some of the best picture books and some of the newest from Candlewick Press and other publishers, authors, and publicists.
For more information on We Believe in Picture Books Event,
Contact: Sean at Candlewick – firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do you believe in picture books?