Picture Books – A Dying Format?
Mac Barnett has had enough. So, he and 21 other picture book creators are taking a stand in support of picture books with a proclamation called “A Picture Book Manifesto.” According to an article by Sally Lodge in Publishers Weekly, Barnett, says that the manifesto “grew out of issues I’ve been thinking about and talking about for years…, and it just felt like it was time to do something.” He said the audience for the document is very broad, claiming, “It is really an exhortation to everyone—writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, art directors, booksellers, librarians, and parents—that we could all be doing better. The only people who are doing fine are the kids themselves. I really believe the rest of us should be doing better.”
Is the picture book a dying format? Check out the article and the proclamation (linked above) and leave us a comment with your thoughts on the topic or the proclamation itself.