Thursday, January 18, 2007


About Advanced Picture Books

What is an Advanced Picture Book? Advanced picture books are a format and library collection that is, typically, wildly under-used. They are stories whose length, language, or theme are suitable for an older child, but whose format places them in the category of picture book. As childrn grow older, they are encouraged to move into chapter books, and teachers will often assign book reports with page minimums, 50 or 100 pages, for example, to encourage children to tackle something that is visibly meatier. This means that picture books are most often left behind after about grade 2, and not considered as reading material for older children. Advanced Picture Books (apics, for short in the library biz) are the exception, the forgotten misfit child of the children's room. So on occasion, I will review one for this site, and mention an age range I see it working for. Generally, though, they work for kids about 6 to 10, or grades 1 to 4 or 5.

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