Traditional picture books are disappearing from schools as reading for pleasure takes a back seat to exam revision, according to a leading author.
Anthony Browne, the Children's Laureate, said there was an increasing focus on more serious novels at a young age as parents and teachers attempted to boost children's reading skills.
He said it risked "devaluing" a number of books - such as WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak and Julia Donaldson's GRUFFALO - which children find "hugely enjoyable".
Next week the Booktrust charity's Children's Book Week will be based on the theme 'words and pictures'. Browne said: "Picture books have been marginalised in recent years. It may be driven by the focus on children passing tests".
"Parents also try to get their children to read more serious books from a younger age. But there is a danger that children can lose their enjoyment of reading if they are pushed on to books they're not ready for."
Source: The Daily Telegraph.