This week's BTT topic is about illustrations in books: "How do you feel about illustrations in your books? Graphs? Photos? Sketches?"
And it seems like we've answered this one before, but it's one of my favorite questions – always interesting to see all the differences of opinion.
Personally, I love having illustrations in my books. I'd like all books to be illustrated, fiction and non-. Photos, drawings, graphics of all kinds. I'm not proposing turning every book into a graphic novel, of course. But I think a few illustrations are a wonderful and welcome addition to almost any book. I'm thinking especially of the sort of illustrations in the novels of John Gardner, one of my favorite writers. He used to say that he liked including artwork in his books because it drew attention to the book as a work of art, and I like that. Guess I've just never gotten over my childhood love of picture books.
How about you? Yes, no? And why not?