Children’s books first

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that [the quality of] children’s and YA books do[es] not matter to those whose job it is to provide us with them. Somehow adult books are seen as mattering more.

But as someone pointed out, somewhere, recently, if you don’t learn to engage in discerning reading at an early age, then you’ve not been prepared as a consumer for the all-important adult book market.

If you’re an adult, then you will always have been a child first. How can you forget that? How can children’s books not have meaning?

Dumb down at the beginning, and get ready to put up with the dumb adult books that will follow.

9 responses to “Children’s books first

  1. Thought-provoking post. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this year’s World Book day list.

  2. Believe me Rachel, it is coming! I’m lining up quite a few guns for the near future.

  3. As an ex-School librarian, I salute you.

  4. Maureen Farrell

    This is a really serious matter. Get Julie Bertagna started on the topic of publishers requiring the ‘dumbing down of YA fiction. Light blue touch paper and retire!

  5. As a writer for both children and former children, I salute you!

  6. Indeed. Quite agree. I’ve been vocal on twitter about the bulk of the WBD list. And am mid-writing a blogpost, too. Currently far too long! I may take a while to finish as I have a mad week ahead but it will come.

    One point on That List, leaving aside the thick celeb icing, what is there for the child who doesn’t want a funny/light book? If that was what I was shown as a child, I doubt I’d have become a keen reader.

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