I love that these books are not common! It is always fun to find new stories to read to the children, so they don’t always hear the same ones about friendship. These also show different types of relationships, which is important for young students – they need to see non-comforming groups of friends to show that anybody can hang out together.
Hello out there in Nerd-Land! So the second volume in my Shakespeare-inspired graphic novel series is coming out Sept. 29th (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet). While working on it over the past few years, I’ve spent a thinking about great couples in picture books.
I think picture books are some of the best explorations of friendship/relationships that exist in literature. If I put on my literary/child psychology hat for a moment (I’ll be quick, I promise!), I would say that one of the great cognitive leaps we make as human beings is when we break past parallel play and realize that everyone else is a sentient, thinking being. Even as adults, we need constant reminders that “others” (racially, culturally, politically, behaviorally) are “us.” That is where companionship starts. That is where love begins.
Because picture books specifically target children at the age that they…
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