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Top Ten Picture Books With Fascinating Author’s Notes For All Ages by Elizabeth Dillow

I especially recommend today’s re-blog for any adults who feel they should ONLY read adult books… :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I have long been an advocate for encouraging the frequent reading of picture books well past the “recommended” age, generally defined as 3-8 years old. It pains me when I overhear a parent or caregiver tell a child past the age of 8 that picture books are “for babies.” It’s very possible to choose books that appeal to older children once they’ve outgrown If You Give a Mouse a Cookie—one such way is to read books with a mind-blowing, perspective shifting, or “you’ve got to be kidding me, what!?” author’s note. Spoiler alert: it’s fun for all ages. I’ve learned just as much interesting stuff from author’s notes as my children have. Here are ten books with author’s notes that will add even more value to a story in the classroom or at bedtime!


President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen


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