As adults, we've seen so much before that we often turn the pages of a picture book without really looking. Young children tend to look more carefully.
Worrying can be a kind of caring, and as such is a healthy part of a balanced emotional life.
My dad never decided what he wanted to do; at times he fought in the army, was a teacher, a boxer, a light engineer, and a then a publican. My mum was a traditional housewife and mother. They showed my brother and I unconditional love.
Never forget that children are at the heart of everything we do. Respect them, listen to them, talk to them as equals, and care about them.
The illustrations in picture books are the first paintings most children see, and because of that, they are incredibly important. What we see and share at that age stays with us for life.
I find it incredible and outrageous that public and school libraries are being forced to close - we'll all pay the price in the long term.
Although I have two good Anglepoise lights, I much prefer to work by daylight.
As a father, I understand the importance of the bond that develops through reading picture books with your child.
Gorillas remind me of my father. He was a very big, physically strong man but also very sensitive.
I grew up in Yorkshire, and once or twice a year, we'd travel over the Pennines to see my cousins in Cheshire.
Many adults that I have met in my time believed that picture books are 'babyish'. I hope I have changed minds on this, as I set out to do.
Something happens to our creativity as we go through the education process; most of us lose touch with it.
The first thing I put down on paper is a storyboard, like a film director.
Picture books are being marginalised. I get the feeling children are being pushed away from picture books earlier and earlier and being told to look at 'proper' books, which means books without pictures.
The first things I remember drawing were battles - big sheets of paper covered in terrible scenes of carnage - though when you looked closely, there were little jokes and speech bubbles and odd things going on in the background.
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