Opening the Doors to Picture Books for All Ages

Kimberly Gotches


This essay considers the misperception that picture books comprise a genre and that they are exclusively intended for the very young. It argues that educators, librarians, parents, and all who are involved in the promotion of children’s literature should promote the reality that the picture book is not a genre, but rather is a form of literature with benefits for people of all ages. To understand this form, it is imperative to consider the interplay of the words and pictures.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680