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I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. … 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.

Neil Gaiman on writing for children, echoing Maurice Sendak – a comment especially apt on the anniversary of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, which received a great deal of criticism for presenting young readers with the “inappropriate” subject of death.

Pair with Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers, his 8 rules of writing, and his wisdom on the creative life.

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