Being in Portland, I had to stop into Powel’s Book Store. A local institution and bought a picture book. Then I saw this article and it made me very sad. While I’m a huge advocate of limited use of technology in the classroom, a picture book can never be replaced by an ipad. It may be, but it won’t be the same. That’s what I anticipated the article to be about, but the real reason made me even sadder. Parents are pushing picture books to even four year olds and trying to abandon picture books. This, mostly because of the pressure parents feel due to test scores.
I believe that picture books are great even for middle-schoolers. I have no problems with capable readers reading big thick chapter books, but at the expense of abandoning picture books is too high a price.
Ironically, the book I bought: Lane Smith’s – It’s A Book – Thanks SJ for he recommendation.