Quotable Discussions

I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very thought-provoking.

Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult,
but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~

I have three sons, ages 12, 7, and 4. I read to the youngest one. A lot. I read to the middle one quite a bit as well, though he is now able (and excited!) to do a lot of his own reading. My oldest son is very much a reader, when he's not too busy playing outside! I also read a LOT of young adult literature (in addition to writing it) for my own enjoyment.

I think this quote really speaks to the appeal of good fiction for children and adolescents. I love the fact that when I read a "Magic Treehouse" book to my younger sons, I find that sense of adventure that I had as a child. And I love that when I read Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamer books, I'm swept back into the feelings of that first, powerful feeling of teenage love. I imagine that as younger kids read these books, they enjoy the feeling of being grown up, experiencing grown up adventures and emotions.

Just goes to show... good literature has an appeal that can span and cross generations.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. As a kid, my Mom used to pick up what I was reading. I'd "catch" her reading the kids-stuff and she used to say she was making sure that what I was reading was appropriate. Sometimes she'd say she was curious. I think she enjoyed the excuse and got sucked in!

    I'm remembering 'Trixie Belden'...I might go pick it up and see what it's like to read as an adult...