A Picture Book Proclamation

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Mac Barnett is not afraid to proclaim his love for picture books. 

The California-based author created a proclamation, signed by authors Brian Biggs, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Kevin Cornell, Carson Ellis, Isol, Laurie Keller, Jon Klassen, and more, which states a few of their steadfast beliefs, including: 

- We should know our history. 
-We must cease writing the same book again and again. 
- The line between author and illustrator is irrelevant. 
- Good design fosters good reading. 
- Even books mean to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams. 

Barnett is the author of a variety of children's books and is also behind 826LA, a non-profit  dedicated to supporting students with creative writing skills. (And yes, he's also in charge of The Echo Park Time Travel Mart). 

Read the proclamation in full here and more about Barnett on his official website

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