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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Children's Books Are Ageless

I've been in love with children's books my entire life. I love the stories. For the most part (for some children's books are miserable and should never have been written - no names here) they are optimistic, illustrating to children how life can throw you curve balls, or strikes, but there is always a way to make things better. What I find exciting about children's books for people my age (you can guess that here, but I'm old enough to remember Howdy Doody) is that they bring out the child still dancing around inside my brain. I honestly don't think anyone ever grows up completely (if they do, too bad for them). And when confronted with snowmen or puppies or little girls in ballerina slippers or stories of Winnie The Pooh, we convert immediately to the mindset of a five year old. It saves me from a world gone mad. Stories such as "Where The Wild Things Are" (who doesn't want to be Max and king of the wild things?), or "Madeline", the little girl who always did her own thing, no matter how much adults objected.

There is no age limit to children's books - not really. I hate to put any age on the stories I write. I want to put "For All Ages", which, to me, is so true. Children's stories make everyone smile. And isn't that what we all need? Children's stories make you think. They are deceptively complex if you will just read between the lines. They speak of love and trust and giving and caring, taking chances and speaking up, thinking of others while being true to yourself. These are messages we need to heed throughout our lives, not only while we're growing up.

Think of this while buying a gift for a child: what they learn as a child goes with them for the rest of their lives.

Please check out this TED talk by author Linda Sue Park and how her book changed the outlook, attitudes, and indeed the lives of students. Her book is "A Long Walk To Water". The talk is at