Sales of picture books are slipping, reports the New York Times. Ambitious parents are pushing children to switch to “big-kid books” at earlier ages.
“They’re 4 years old, and their parents are getting them ‘Stuart Little,’ ” said Dara La Porte, the manager of the children’s department at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington. “I see children pick up picture books, and then the parents say, ‘You can do better than this, you can do more than this.’ It’s a terrible pressure parents are feeling — that somehow, I shouldn’t let my child have this picture book because she won’t get into Harvard.”
Picture books list for as much as $18, so parents may think they’re not getting enough words for the dollar.
As picture books lose shelf space, book stores are “expanding their booming young-adult sections, full of dystopic fiction, graphic novels and Twilight-inspired paranormal romances,” reports the Times.
Picture books are out, but graphic novels are in?