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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.