Inside Picture Books

I enjoy reading books about children’s literature, so I was happy to borrow my mother-in-law’s copy of Inside Picture Books recently. The author, a lecturer at Stanford, studies art, culture, and psychology, so her approach to books is interesting. She clearly loves children’s books and explores “the profound impact of the experience of reading to children.”

Although I felt at times that she read too much into the books she discussed, for the most part I found the author’s perspective interesting.  She wrote about quite  a few of our favorites, including less well-known titles like Wee Gillis.  I also found a handful of books that we haven’t read but would like to try.

If you enjoy finding new books to read to your kids, or are interested in the psychology of reading and how reading impacts culture, see if you can find a copy of Inside Picture Books and let us know what you think!


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