The New York Times reported that interest in children’s picture books has been fading.


The New York Times reported that interest in children’s picture books is fading.  The article explains that the demise of children’s picture books is partly due to a bad economy – they’re expensive books.  But what was more disturbing was that the article explained that parents are choosing ‘chapter’ books over picture books to read to their children.  The idea being that children will get smarter by being introduced to chapter books sooner and will compete better in this “Dog Eat Dog World” of ours.  Sheesh, what a cold-hearted adult world are children are being forced to prematurely enter. 

The fact is, I absolutely love reading picture books to my children.  Reading books to kids, as we all know, is extremely important in developing their vocabulary, reading comprehension and overall love for reading.  I agree!  However, I do it primarily because it is so much fun for me and my kids.  I love watching my children get excited about an illustration, laugh at a funny bit or ask me questions about something that interests them.  It is a phenomenal bonding opportunity.  It’s an opportunity for me, after a long day at the office, to be a good parent, and that’s cool.

Rabbi Sandy Sasso is an author of many children’s picture books.  Her response to the New York Times’ article was great. 

I decided to see whether sales for the children’s picture books that we’ve published have fallen.  I’m pleased to announce that our author’s sales for children’s picture books (published by Dog Ear Publishing )are holding steady.  In fact, their sales, on average, are increasing.  Additionally, we’re seeing tremendous author interest in publishing children’s picture books. 

Obviously, this issue has more to do with the ever-increasing pressure to compete within society.  Giving your child a chapter book over a children’s picture book will not guarantee success.  To the contrary, children’s picture books encourage and nurture a child’s curiosity and imagination just as well as a chapter book.  Many children’s picture books contain the same vocabulary and social learning concepts that chapter books contain.  They just happen to use pictures in addition to words to communicate with your child.

Consider this bleak scenario.  That we’ll all live in a world governed by people who grew up without picture books and had ‘no’ unsupervised play time.  Yikes, that’s scary.

So, to the New York Times’ article, I say ‘Nana Nana Boo Boo, Stick Your Head in Doo Doo!”

Dog Ear Publishing offers custom book design, self publishing, print on demand printing, order fulfillment, book distribution, book marketing and publicity services.

For more information, please contact Dog Ear Publishing at 866-823-9613 or Miles Nelson at milesn@dogearpublishing.net

Dog Ear Publishing is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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One thought on “The New York Times reported that interest in children’s picture books has been fading.

  1. How utterly ridiculous. I am the proud author of a children’s picture book thanks in large part to Miles and his team at Dog Ear Publishing. My book reviews have been fantastic and not one person has said to me that I should have written a chapter book rather than the book I authored along with a wonderful illustrator, Michael Swaim.
    Let’s stop forcing our kids to enter the rat race earlier and earlier. Let them enjoy all that wonderful picture books provide.
    Please check out on amazon…
    “Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast.”

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