Power of picture books fading
| Jan 03, 2011
"The picture book, a mainstay of children's literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors, and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has been fading," writes Julie Bosman in The New York Times. "It is not going away--perennials like the Sendaks and Seusses still sell well--but publishers have scaled back the number of titles they have released in the last several years, and booksellers across the country say sales have been suffering."
The economic downtown is one factor, but many in the industry also attribute the slump to parental pressure on youngsters to leave picture books behind and start reading more text-heavy chapter books at an early age. To learn more, read the full article.