There seems to be such a rush these days for kids to read more, better, faster. Under pressure from parents, teachers and peers, kids as young as first grade have declared picture books to be “for babies” and would much rather be seen checking out early chapter books and graphic novels.

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I personally LOVE that there are many (and more coming!) early chapter books that engage young readers at their level, and an increasing influx of illustrated middle-grade novels and graphic novels with compelling plots and amazing storytelling. But at the same time, I can’t stand seeing picture books relegated to preschool classrooms, read-aloud time, and “babies.” Picture books are such an incredible art form – and many are much more complex and intricate than a 4 year old can appreciate. That’s why I encourage kids (and PARENTS, and TEACHERS!) to keep reading, exploring, and celebrating…

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