Anyone stopping by during story time, no matter the grade level, at our elementary school would be hard pressed not to agree that it is and always will be a favorite with children. There is a quality of companionship generated in those moments that can not be duplicated during any other activity. Even though they would be loath to admit it, the middle school students still sense those mesmerizing moments created by the compelling combination of text and most importantly, the illustrations.
Having read it mentioned in two different blogs this morning and in turn reading it myself, I urge you to read this post on the The Horn Book Magazine site. It is an article that appears in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine.
Written by Allyn Johnston and Marla Frazee Why We're Still in Love with Picture Books (Even Though They're Supposed to Be Dead) couldn't have said any better what I have known to be true for years.