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inkpop Fundamentals: October 12, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on October 12, 2010

Bye bye picture books As a result of the economic downturn, and in an attempt to enlighten their children’s lives, parents are bidding a fond farewell to picture books; instead replacing them with chapter books that are of a higher reading level, and less engaging for budding readers, but may provide them with more opportunities in adulthood. According to booksellers, picture books are now collecting dust on bookstore shelves before being returned to publishers unsold – apparently the cause of parents believing that children would benefit more from text-heavy chapter books. But literacy experts don’t agree. According to them, picture books help young readers develop critical thinking skills that may not be met should picture books be removed completely from their lives. The New York Times.

Unpublished YA trilogy optioned for the big screen! Author Julie Cross’ Tempest may not have reached publication status yet, but the YA title, the first in a planned trilogy, has already been scooped up by Summit Entertainment. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Twilight franchise; the series is said to tell the tale of a time traveling 19-year-old who goes back two-years in time after witnessing his girlfriend’s murder. It is here that he the man he believed to be his father recruits him to join a secret government agency that will save his girlfriend’s life – if he becomes a member. Hollywood Crush.

‘Twilight’ the illustrated edition Perhaps you’ve forever been plagued with questions about the history behind the characters of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight; or maybe you’ve oftentimes wondered about Alice Cullen’s mysterious back story – well, now’s your chance to learn more about the character’s you love so much. Come April 12, 2011, Meyer will release The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide – a tome that includes over 100 photographs and illustrations, character histories, genealogical charts, maps, and much more. MTV.

Over to you…what do you think of picture books – yay or nay? Do you feel that you would have loved reading as much as you do now had you not been exposed to children’s books as a young child? Will you read Tempest once it hits bookstores? Are you excited for the release of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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9 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: October 12, 2010”

  1. Stoich91 said

    This isn’t right! Picture books rule!


  2. Delilah said

    People need to get over Twilight. It’s the worst thing that ever happened to literature–and everything else.

    • kbj said

      Actually, it is one of the best things that have happened. It has made a lot of people start reading and encouraged them to write. It is definitly one of the worst popular books I’ve ever read, the writing isn’t very good and the story–though good–is obsessive. I’d think that your family would be another reason to live. *Sigh* Anyways, I like the books. They’re okay. But it has made a lot of people get into reading and writing which is good if you want to become an author. Bigger audience.

  3. kbj said

    W0W! I am going to cry. Picture books are awesome. A kid is going to become so bored with a regular book. Blah.

    If I ever have kids they will be reading picture books.

  4. LA Knight said

    NO PICTURE BOOKS!? Are they STUPID?!?!

  5. Laney said

    NO MORE PICTURE BOOKS!!! WAAA!!! I still pick up picture books and read them and remember when I was a little girl, reading Bearenstein Bears, Dr. Seuss, Goodnight Moon, Frog and Toad, Little Bear! UGH!! OMG! I saw Roxaboxen in the picture! That brought back memories!

    OMG! FINALLY! I have been waiting for that stupid Twilight Guide for like FOREVER! Haha.

  6. Nella said

    Don’t shoot me but I never liked picture books except for The Little Prince…but The Little Prince is amazing.

  7. Stoich91 said

    Nella? Is The Little Prince even considered a picture book? 😉 LOL

  8. Narnia Fan said

    No more picture books? That’s terrible! 😦 I figure that trying to make people of any age read something ‘above their level’ that they don’t enjoy is the best way to make them illiterate. I think it’s a parent’s job to make a kid love reading… it’s up to the kid to advance at his own pace. Just one question, though… why are A Wrinkle In Time and The Hobbit in the picture with Go Dogs Go and Tails? Just sayin’…

    O.o Okay, that plot doesn’t sound at all confusing…

    Twilight Guide? Okay. Whatever. Didn’t read the books. Didn’t watch the movies. Didn’t buy the Twilight posters or the Twilight Barbies or the Twilight clothes or Twilight puzzles or Twilight games or Twilight costumes or Twilight lip gloss or Twilight toothpaste or Twilight wallpaper or Twilight laundry detergent (no, I haven’t actually seen all those things, but they must be out there somewhere!) I don’t plan on reading the guide.


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