Picture Book Filter
September 17, 2013 1:26 PM Subscribe
Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books?
posted by bad grammar to education (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I need to weed a school library picture book collection. Many of the titles were acquired in the late 1970s and date from that period. There are many "contemporary" picture books (depicting young children and families in realistic situations) that depict 1970s-early 80s clothes, hairstyles, cars and so forth. They also display past fashions in graphic design and in "cute" artwork. The paper, needless to say, has also aged.
These books were clearly acquired to help young children with emotional development, which is one of the school's aims, so I need some advice on whether the datedness of the books would be counter-productive, turning the kids off. Are K-6 children conscious of changes in illustration styles and do they care about them?
(I apologize if this is a dumb question. I don't have any kids of my own and I don't consider my own experience representative. I liked old-fashioned things as a kid, especially pioneer girl stuff such as Little House series. This was before American Girl, or I would have been into that.)
Most of our students who might use the picture book section are a few years older than the designated audience of these books, though their reading level is below grade level. They do not like the older picture books and I have not seen them borrowing or reading them. They prefer recently published items.
I am not weeding classics such as Bread and Jam for Frances, Harry and the Dirty Dog, George & Martha, Miss Nelson is Missing, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Ira Sleeps Over, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, or anything by James Stevenson. I am keeping those and in general the books with animal characters have not dated so badly.