This is an article I read and it made me sad. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08picture.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 When we go to library picture books are my favorite. We check out some chapter books like Magic Tree House series because Ania likes them but still majority of what we read together is the chapter books. I love them. And I choose them according to my artistic taste. So much depends on good illustrations. I just love beautiful picture books. There are so many authors and illustrators out there with wonderful colorful books for children. Here are some of my favorite:
Not only they have lavish illustrations that you can use to teach your little ones about art and particular media used by an artist but they usually have very rich vocabulary, complex story and there is simply some magic to them. While we like reading chapter books too, it seems they are less enchanting and my daughters still prefer picture books most of the time.