If you have a voracious reader in your home it is a noble thing to lead him/her to the classics. All through school, even in post-secondary, students and teachers refer to and quote passages from great children's literature. I encourage high school teachers to impliment storybooks into their lesson planning. Fabulous text plus rich illustrations always make a winning combination. Kids that have trouble reading will pick up a picture book and not only read it but actually understand it. A perfect example surfaced in my own child's life. He had been assigned projects on both the first and second world wars. We went to the library and borrowed many books on the subject but the books he found most helpful were the DK Eyewitness Book series. These books were absolutely magnificent. They were written clearly, were very concise, full of fabulous pictures and categorized so a young adult could understand the content fully.
You are never too young or too old to read a good picture book. One of the highlights of guest speakers at an event is when they approach the podium with a fresh story book in hand. Often graduating classes are read the story ,"O The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. There is no finer book to be read for that occasion. Please do not set an age limit, put down or demean picture books. The writing is amazing, the pictures high quality and they cater to the child in all of us. Let's embrace kid's reading books and celebrate by sharing these treasures with each other.