Interesting Definitions

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    I've been thinking a lot about what "illustration" and "visual storytelling" means to me personally for a while now, and seeking out different thoughts about how pockets of the illustration industry define themselves. Picture Books, Middle Grade, Chapter books, New Readers, Young Adult, etc etc etc... Today, I stumbled upon a couple links regarding different types of "books with pictures".

    And it was really eye-opening. I had no idea there were so many options... I keep running into more and more examples of books and other products that don't fit neatly into specific categorization. For example, the "new hybrid" of Illustrated Novels seems to be delineating itself in recent years from the more comics-originated Graphic Novels genre (i.e. the work of Brian Selznik or Jeff Kinney or the Folio Society Vs. Frank Miller or Mike Mignola, for example), but it has actually been around for a very long time (Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince are two prime examples).

    Anyway, I thought I'd share. They're fascinating reads and quite encouraging (well for me, anyway) because there are so many more potential opportunities for "storytelling" illustration than I ever thought...

  • @Coreyartus It's interesting to read about all of these different sub-groups under the umbrella of "books with pictures." I've found wordless graphic novels to be fascinating for a number of years now, and it's great to see those featured along with the rest on this list. Thanks for sharing these reads!

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