Monday, September 21, 2009

Anthony Browne: Britain's New Kids' Laureate

Author/illustrator Anthony Browne is the United Kingdom's latest Children's Laureate. You might know Anthony Browne from his picture books like Gorilla or My Dad. Read what he has to say about picture books:

"I believe picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. What excites me about them is how often the pictures can tell us so much more than the words. I like the way they can reveal clues as to what a character is thinking or feeling. Picture books are special – they're not like anything else. Sometimes I hear parents encouraging their children to read what they call "proper books" (books without pictures), at an earlier and earlier age. This makes me sad, as picture books are perfect for sharing, and not just with the youngest children."

(For more on this story, see: Watch a video interview with the author here:!

If you haven't checked out Mr. Browne's work, take a look at these picture books the next time you're at the library. This is just a small sampling of the titles the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library owns.

When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.
A child describes the many wonderful things about "my brother," who can fly, write amazing stories, and stand up to bullies.

To help with his anxiety, Billy uses the worry dolls his grandmother recommends, but he finds that they do not quite solve his problem.

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