Words To That Effect #38 | Children’s Picture Books

Unlike modernist poetry or Shakespearean drama, when it comes to children’s picture books, everyone has an opinion. Most of us are exposed to kids’ books in some shape or form and, crucially, 100% of us have been children.

For an academic working with children’s literature, this can have its rewards and its frustrations. “Yes! I love that classic children’s picture book too!” / “Sorry, I don’t know why your child doesn’t like this one particular book”

This week I’m joined by Dr Jane Carroll to chat about children’s picture books. How do text and image work together to create books that can spark wonder and imagination, that young children can completely lose themselves in? What’s happening in children’s fiction today, and what’s the best children’s picture book of all time?



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