Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Children's books shouldn't sit still and behave."

I stumbled across this gem today:

Children’s literature is a place of great experimentation. Like children themselves, it can be hilariously playful and deeply serious. It isn’t content to sit on shelves and behave. It is inquisitive, exploratory – and difficult to categorise. It tells tales of rabbits and ducks, of vampires and zombies, of ordinary kids in ordinary homes, of love and death, and explores the most profound, joyful and troubling aspects of human experience. It experiments with narrative and form, with the shape of the page and the shape of the book. It is where literary culture is constantly renewed. We overlook this world at our peril. It is, and always will be, at the heart of our cultural life.
David Almond, Children’s books shouldn’t sit still and behave.”


  1. Congrats on getting picked as an alternate!!!

    1. Thank you! I'm super excited about it. But more importantly, congrats to YOU for being a top pick! That's so exciting!