I am surfacing from Middle English, a dark Renaissance, hundreds of pages of 18th-early 19th Century Literature, and a selection of contemporary poets in order celebrate Picture Book Month. And may I, in participating, also post on some of the fantastic reads, television series, and films I’ve yet to share. I have just recently completed the last of my two scheduled class presentations for the term (Chaucer’s “The Clerk’s Tale” and analyzing images of cannibal-witches ala Charles Zika), so I just might have the energy. Regardless, I am going to attempt another 30 Days of Picture Books not unlike I did last October (only of course this time it is 30, not 31). We may discuss Luther, Broadchurch, or ghost brides at some point therein.
Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.
In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.
Join the celebration and party with a picture book! November is Picture Book Month. Read * Share * Celebrate! —Picture Book Month
I hope you will entertain that love of the Picture Book with me this month. You can neither be too old or too “well-read” for Picture Books. The daughter aka Natalya, aged 13 and recent imbiber of Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Virgin Suicides by Eugenides, Kerouac’s On The Road, Mark Doty’s Atlantis and Douglas Adam’s Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, could be found just yesterday reading through a short stack of the picture books I’ve been collecting from the Library. I would argue that it is probably good for your literary diet to indulge in a picture book or five a month–no small children necessary. A well-crafted Picture Book is seriously satisfying.