Why you should still read picture books to older children! (5 Reasons Why #2)

For this feature, I like to explore a certain topic and list my reasons why or why I don’t support the topic in question. This time, I’d like to talk about picture books!

It seems that a lot of parents want to push children on to chapter books ASAP. I don’t know if it’s because they think their children are more proficient when they’re on chapter books. I would like to say that there’s still a time and a place for picture books for children up to the age of 12 and some beyond that!

Here are my reasons why I love reading picture books to older children!

  1. Some picture books have incredibly complex sentence structure and rich vocabulary.
  2. The illustrations can encourage conversation and allow children to find something new each time.
  3. Pictures can stimulate the imagination much more than a chapter book. They give children with little imagination an idea. They can paint a picture in the child’s mind.
  4. There are so many more picture books out now for older children. Don’t be put off by books aimed at younger children. There are some fabulously rich text picture books out there now for them.
  5. Pictures books can encourage fantastic conversation.

Here are just two ideas of picture books for older children:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish


Is reading an admission of defeat?

I was reading The Apple: Crimson Petal stories recently, a collection of short stories and I came across this quote which stopped me in my tracks.

“Reading, by its very nature, is an admission of defeat, a ritual of self-humiliation: it shows that you believe other lives are more interesting than yours.”

For me, reading is escapism. It’s something I really enjoy. I’m not sure I read because other people’s lives are more interesting than my own. But then it got me to thinking, when my life is incredibly busy I don’t get to read as much. Is that because my life is more interesting, so there’s no time to indulge in fictional characters’ lives?

What do you make of this quote?

To give up, or not give up? That is the question!


It’s a dilemma I sometimes find myself in. When do you give up reading a book that you’re just not enjoying? I hate to admit it, but because I read so much, and have so much on the to be read pile, I sometimes find myself giving up with a book. Do you do this? Or are you one of those that sticks to a book until the bitter end even if you’re finding it a chore to read? Reading should never be a chore…

I hate giving up on books, but it’s true, there’s too many decent books out there and not enough time to read them all, so why waste precious reading time on something you don’t enjoy? When I do make that decision to give up, I feel awful for a while. God knows why. The book doesn’t know, the author doesn’t know. It’s just my own guilt for not sticking with something that someone has spent a lot of time writing.

I guess recently, I’ve tried to ignore that guilty feeling and if 100 pages or so goes by and I’m still not enjoying the book, I decide its time to give up.

When, or do you ever give up on a book?

Chrissi’s Little Corner

Welcome to my small part of the internet!

I’m an avid reader and after spending a lot of my time discussing books with friends and reading like-minded blogs, I’ve decided to take the plunge and blog myself!

I used to be merely a chick-lit reader but I’m proud to say I’ve expanded my horizons and I read a wide range of genres now and take part in many book clubs. Always a great way to find new writers.

Bare with me whilst I get used to blogging about my reads. I hope you enjoy!