Picturebooks:The Ultimate Crossover Genre

One is never too young to like texts and images or too old to no longer need them.

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Artists' books may have been the “quintessential artform” of the twentiethcentury, but there is no doubt that title belongs to picturebooks, and notably crossover picturebooks, in the twenty-first-century. At a forum I organized in 1997 (the year J. K. Rowling launched the landmark Harry Potter series) for the Modern Language Association on “The State of Children's Books in this Millennium and the Next,” Wendy Lamb, executive editor in the Books for Young Readers Department at Bantam Doubleday Dell, speculated on the kinds of books children would continue to read in an electronic age, ...

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