In defense of children’s books

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Here’s a book I read recently (and quite enjoyed, thank you very much) …

Yes, it’s a children’s book; it was written in the mid-1950s, but I’ve only just discovered it.

 

And how could I possibly pass it up?

 

A realistic cat (who can, nonetheless, talk) and a resourceful 10-year-old girl as two of the main characters, plus magic? Yes, please!

 

It’s everything my much younger self would’ve adored in a book. And it’s still delightful now.

 

 

Are you an adult who still reads books meant for children & young adults?

 

I’ll admit: I love well-written children’s and “YA” books. No matter the intended audience (or, let’s be honest, which demographic the publisher decides to market it toward), a good book is, after all, a good book.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, I firmly believe there’s a reader for every story, and a story for every reader.

 

And I believe that carries over to genres as well.

 

Have you ever met someone — online or in “real life” — who loudly proclaims that anything outside their own preferred genre(s) is garbage?

 

Pffft, I say. There is absolutely no shame in trying new things, nor in liking what you like.

 

Remember: everyone has their own unique tastes in books.

 

Your bookish tastes are your own, even if they change over time.

 

I don’t believe in “reading challenges,” but promise me you won’t read something (or not read something) simply because someone else says you should — or shouldn’t.

 

It all boils down to this: be sure to explore, and stretch your reading wings now and then  — but, no matter what, read books that bring you joy.

 

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Hello & Welcome

I’m Jennifer: reader of fiction, cat whisperer, nerdy introvert. Possessor of a vivid imagination, a massive streak of curiosity, and a love of puzzles. Firm believer in — and ready to help you discover — the health-and-happiness benefits of reading and quiet time, whether indoors or out; “everyday” mindfulness; gardening; and walks in nature. Artist, writer, and founder of the Read. Purr. Collective.