Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Barbara Cooney

"I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting.... It does not hurt them to read about good and evil, love and hate, life and death. Nor do I think they should read only about things that they understand.... a man’s reach should exceed his grasp. So should a child’s. For myself, I will never talk down to—or draw down to—children."

Island Boy
Miss Rumphius

1 comment:

Dana KBS said...

Amen! Some of my most cherished books are those I didn't *quite* understand at the time...A Wrinkle in Time springs to mind. How lovely to be able to discover and rediscover a book, or a piece of art, as one changes and grows.