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Why Kids Picture Books Aren’t Selling

Friday, October 8th, 2010 by:

I was so sad to read today’s article in The New York Times on“Picture Books Are No Longer A Staple For Children.” In recent years, publishers have seen a 20 percent decline in the sale of picture books for children. Possibilities for the decline include a poor economy and parents pushing children as young as four to read picture books.

Personally, our house if full of picture books. We have so many we had to buy a new bookshelf for my 3.5-year-old to keep everything in order. So I have a few problems with the theory.

1. Picture books should start soon after birth. Even if children are moving to chapter books earlier than ever what about the first five years of life?

2. Why can’t younger children enjoy picture books and chapter books. Pictures books play a great role in imagination and also in making reading fun. Ironically, the same parents who bragged about their 4, 5 or 6 year old reading chapter books also said their children didn’t enjoy reading.

3. I think the real reason for the decline is TV is easier than books. Parents need to start early to instill a love of reading.

Bring back picture books!

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