Fresh from my Barnsey Ban (a.k.a. Are You Insane? We Don’t Need Any More Books! or shouts that sounded vaguely something like that…), Mini Mimi and I headed straight for the air-conditioned love that is the Children’s section. However, we stopped dead in our gift card toting tracks when we saw the back wall. The wall that had always been covered in shiny, delicious, new picture book titles. , , …so many of my favorite titles have spent time on that very wall. The wall that has tempted me with new titles, new authors, new ways to spend money…the same wall that strikes fear into Mr. Mimi’s
wallet heart. Today friends, that wall was covered on chapter books while the new picture books were relegated to a small stand off to the side.
Maybe this has been going on for some time, but please remember, I have been on a Barnsey Ban- perhaps a bit of a 12 step program to curb my little addiction. Regardless, WTF?!
Now, Mimi loves her a good chapter book. When I moved to teach second grade, I discovered some amaze balls new characters and re-discovered some old friends from the olden days when I was in school. (I’ll have to tell tales of yore to the Mini someday…you know, “yore”? Also known as “before iPads and e readers”?) However, I worry.
I worry that in the craze to push their children to move forward, do better, score higher and get into Princeton, parents may abruptly abandon the picture book in favor of the chapter book. Remember this little rant? Sharing a picture book with the Mini brings me nothing but joy. Girlfriend may be just over a year, but she is full of opinions and in addition to hating chicken, she has stories that are her favorites, that make her laugh and smile. Going into classrooms and sharing a picture book with kids in first grade and kids in fifth grade is also high on the list of My Fave Things To Do (along with needing out, blogging and shoe shopping).
Although I still heart my Barnsey, I hope that this change is just a reflection of a need for a new look and not a sign of things to come.
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