Neil Gaiman: “No such thing as a bad book for children”

Neil Gaiman gave a wonderful Reading Agency Lecture at the Barbican yesterday about how important reading and libraries are and talked about their future, especially for children and young people.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how we should let children choose their own books and Gaiman agrees: “A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn’t hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the
first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading
because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is
the gateway drug to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same
taste as you. Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them
reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the
21st Century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature. You’ll wind up
with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.”

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2 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman: “No such thing as a bad book for children”

  1. Pingback: Neil Gaiman on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming | What Cha Reading For?!?!?!

  2. Pingback: Quote of the Week: Neil Gaiman’s Lecture on Why Our Future Depends on Libraries | Melissa Janda – A Time to Write

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