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June 1, 2016

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Children’s Books DO Matter, Part 2

Last week we shared with you some thoughts from a Teacher Advisor on The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, an exhibit at the New York Public Library that “celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.”

This week we have the reaction of Katie, who also attended the exhibit and shared her thoughts.

Favorite books one enjoyed as a child never fail to conjure up the same feelings of joy or excitement to readers of any age. A quote shared by W. H. Auden in the exhibit states it best: “There are no good books only for children.”

Walking through the displays and seeing familiar titles like Charlotte’s Web, Where the Wild Things Are, and Winnie-the-Pooh brought a smile to my face. One of my absolute favorites was the life-size reconstruction of the Goodnight Moon room. Can you say photo op?! Books create a shared experience among individuals, especially those loved and read repeatedly as children.

Other parts of the exhibit also featured creative ways authors have made texts appealing to young readers. I was absolutely delighted to see one of my well-loved books, Little Fur Family, shown opened to my favorite illustration. The book enclosed in the display case showed the version that was wrapped in rabbit fur to entice young readers.

Another display that caught our attention was the section of controversial children’s books. Viewing displays containing some examples of the content considered inappropriate in these books was an eye-opening insight into what some readers view as unsuitable for children. It speaks to the point that as adults, we value the impact a book’s message can have on impressionable youth.

—Katie Hartman, 4th Grade Teacher, Pennsylvania

This exhibit runs through September 7, 2014, with free 45-minute docent-led tours every day. Go see it if you can!

 

About the Author: Chloë Delafield’s favorite book from childhood is The Borrowers. If she could see a life-size re-creation of their miniature world, she would just about faint from joy.


 

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