It’s Picture Book Month, and that means writers and readers are celebrating picture books with exhibits, class and skype visits. But mostly, people are celebrating by reading, which is the best way to celebrate anything. Over at the Picture Book Month International, authors and illustrators like Jerry Pinkney, Aaron Becker and Deborah Heiligman are talking about why picture books are important.
And because it’s Poetry Friday, I’m dusting off that part of my brain and adding my two cents (or sense?) in verse…
Picture books are Look! Look!
They are Again.
They are the stories you tell yourself
when your alphabet is still
a jumble of shapes
and P comes after U.
They are hours on a shag rug.
They are Where the Wild Things Are.
Picture books are castles and mermaids and underpants.
They are hungry pigeons and purple crayons.
They are the start of a new day
and the end of an old one.
They are almost ready for bed.
They are Just one more?
They are Yes.
Poetry Friday this week is hosted by Random Noodling. Be sure to check out the round up!
I’m also throwing out the Kinks’ song Picture Book, just because I love it so. (They’re really talking photo albums, of course, but I’m co-opting it anyway.)