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Children’s Books and the
Ladder of Years
“A good picture book text can almost be
whistled.”
--Margaret Wise Brown
“As a picture-book artist, I don’t think one
can ever be too much on the side of the
child.”
--Helen Oxenbury
“Up to a point , a child is more tactile than
verbal: holding hands, holding his or her bottle
or rattle … and being held ...
“There’s always room for a story that can
transport people to another place.”
--J.K. Rowling
“I think the cartoon characters in the Knuffle
Bunny books are more real than the
photographic backgrounds. They’re purer ...
“In my books, I don’t want to teach. What
I have done might better be described as
‘teaching without teaching.’”
--Mitsuma...
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  1. 1. Children’s Books and the Ladder of Years
  2. 2. “A good picture book text can almost be whistled.” --Margaret Wise Brown
  3. 3. “As a picture-book artist, I don’t think one can ever be too much on the side of the child.” --Helen Oxenbury
  4. 4. “Up to a point , a child is more tactile than verbal: holding hands, holding his or her bottle or rattle … and being held is what matters at first. School—and focusing on the words in books—comes later. I thought there should be a bridge between.” --Eric Carle
  5. 5. “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” --J.K. Rowling
  6. 6. “I think the cartoon characters in the Knuffle Bunny books are more real than the photographic backgrounds. They’re purer than more realistic drawings … would have been, because their design focuses on their emotional side.” --Mo Willems
  7. 7. “In my books, I don’t want to teach. What I have done might better be described as ‘teaching without teaching.’” --Mitsumasa Anno

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