This morning when I was running, Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero” came on my iPod, and I thought I could definitely use a hero to swoop down and carry me the last bit of this seemed-like-a-good-idea-when-I-started 5k. But of course, there was no swooping, no carrying, and I realized once again that when I’m running toward a goal, be it fitness or writing or what have you, I need to be my own hero. (Bonnie, what were you thinking?!)
And yet, by every criterion listed, children’s fiction is entirely capable of being great literature. Indeed, if you’re looking for writing that changes the reader and the world, there may be no better form….I’ve visited countless schools and seen for myself the life-changing power of children’s books. It’s impossible to overstate the transformative effects they can have upon individual readers – and collectively, across generations, upon the world.