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Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise


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An unmissable essay on the importance of children's literature by the bestselling and award-winning author, Katherine Rundell.

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Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children's novels, for which she has won the Costa Children's Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize amongst many others. She spent her childhood in Africa and Europe before taking her degree at the University of Oxford and becoming a Fellow of All Souls College. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature and is learning, very slowly, to fly a small aeroplane.


Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power whose novels will be read, cherished and reread long after most so-called "serious" novels are forgotten * Observer *
A winning polemic about how reading a children's book can remind us of the need to see things from different perspectives * i Weekend *
Rundell's pen is gold-tipped * Sunday Times *
Rundell is now unarguably in the first rank * Philip Pullman on The Explorer *
As an unashamed lover and reader of children's literature, I adored Katherine Rundell's Why You Should Read Children's Books ... [it's] time to remind yourself of the reason you fell in love with books and reading in the first place * Observer New Review *
It's a very short book but it packs a real punch. Rundell makes an irresistible case and reminds you of the wonder and excitement of reading, discovering and learning. She is a brilliant and ferocious communicator; I found her use of language and some of her tropes thrilling and fascinating and enormously generative. A real delight * FT readers' best books of 2019 Financial Times *
Children's author Katherine Rundell is a fellow in English Literature at Oxford so she knows how to put an argument together. Here, she delivers a winning polemic about how reading a children's book can remind us of the need to see things from different perspectives * i Weekend *
The Costa Award-winning children's author makes an impassioned case for adults to continue reading children's books. She explains what they can teach us, including kindness and courage, risk-taking and morality. * Sunday Express S Magazine *
What books are on your bedside table? It's a massive pile. I just started reading Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls. I've got The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather and The Box of Delightsby John Masefield, which I was flicking through the other day because I needed some comforting. I've got Victorian Lady Travellers by Dorothy Middleton and The Fantastical Adventures of the Invisible Boy by Lloyd Alexander. I've got Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown, the most extraordinary writer from Orkney, and Small Island by Andrea Levy, and Katherine Rundell's Why You Should Read Children's Books... which is just delicious. Then Henry Mayhew's London's Underworld and The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, an origin story of Dracula's brides, which is delicious as well. I told you it was a tower. -- Liz Hyder * Observer New Review *

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