Reading this quote made me immediately think to myself, “Wait!, you mean it’s okay to enjoy children’s literature?”
I love children’s books. Their stories are deep and imaginative. Good guys, more often than not, win and there’s a clear delineation between good and evil. They are simple and complex. They stir an emotion in me that elicits sailing on swings at the park more than the all-too-familiar feelings of preparing food for dinner or finishing the laundry today.
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
– C. S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children
Summer reading program checklists and filling up my Icee punch card…
I (heart) kidlit.