Picture Books

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As Canadian as Apple Pie and Old Glory: a review of a lot of Canadian picture books

A is for . . . What? The function of Alphabet Books

Becoming What You Eat: Identifying with Food in Children’s Literature

Beneath Aesthetics: the Picture Book Stripped Bare

Decoding the Images: How Picture Books Work

The eye and the I: Identification and first-person narratives in picture books

How But Not What or Why (a review of Nikolajeva and Scott’s How Picturebooks Work)

The Illustrators of (Robert) Munsch

The Implied Viewer: Some Speculations about What Children’s Picture Books Invite Readers to Do and to Be

The Mirror Staged: Images of Babies in Baby Books

Non-Native Primitive Art: Elizabeth Cleaver’s Picture Books

Of Nakedness in Children’s Picture Books

Private Places on Public View: David Wiesner’s Picture Books. Despite their visual similarities, a number of David Wiesner’s picture books represent different genres. This essay explores how the picture books challenge theories of SF and fantasy, and how the books and the theories both celebrate and undermine the liberating potential of fantasy.

Touching Art: The Art Museum as a Picture Book, and the Picture Book as Art.” Journal of Literary Education 1 (2018). 6-25

What Children Are or Should Be: In addition to the 80 picture books reviewed in “As Canadian as Apple Pie and Old Glory” (listed with a link here also) this essay discusses 40 more, especially in terms of the assumptions they make about their child audience

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