Many publishers, agents, authors, and illustrators have gone to the bat recently to advocate for the picture book as a vital medium for introducing early literacy and a love of reading. 

Most recently, Patti Lee Gauch, former editorial director of Philomel Books, spoke at a Children’s Literary Salon at the New York Public Library entitled, “Acts of Mischief.”

From the article, “Gauch described how books that introduce chaos into a controlled environment and that are characterized by fun and playfulness tend to resonate with young readers.”

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What do you think? Which were your favorite picture books when you were little?

My favorites included: Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are; Harry and the Purple Crayon; Lyle, Lyle Crocodile; Harry the Dirty Dog; Curious George; Madeline; and many, many more.  

 

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