Britain’s Anthony Browne is the new Children’s Laureate and whether you (and your kids) like his books or not, he’s saying some great things about the importance of picture books.

Past the telling of his encounter with a gorilla, the article by Damian Whitworth gets to the meat:

“He believes passionately that picture books are often dismissed in the scramble to push children ahead with their reading.”

Read more here.

There are so many layers to a good picture book that children can visit them again and again and again, not just at one age but throughout the years. In our rush to push them into “real” books, we, as adults, can really short-circuit this process.

Read and ponder. Then go find a good picture book to read with your child!